PEFKI - OREOI
It has a long promenade, ideal for long walks, and is a great spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset.
A few words about the place
Pefki is located in the northern parts of Evia along the coastline of Pagasetic Gulf It is a seaside village, well-known for its beautiful beaches and its historic background.
It is worth mentioning that Pefki is a haven at Cape Artemision, where the historic naval battle between the Greeks and Persian Empire took place in 480 B.C.
Pefki is a particularly family friendly village offering activities for all ages. There are beach volleyball courts and water sports facilities, which are ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
There are hotel units, rooms to let, and a camping site which, fortunately, was spared in the 2021 wildfires. It has a long promenade, ideal for long walks, and is a great spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset. You will also find restaurants offering a wide variety of dishes.
What to see/highlights:
It offers one of the longest and most popular pebbled and sandy beaches, about 4 kilometres long. At the same time, you can also explore many more on its eastern side, such as Psaropouli at Vasilika.
Very close to Pefki, you can find a 2,500-year-old olive tree, ‘The Artemision Black Olive Tree’, which, according to the local lore, took its name by the fact that black-dressed women and children would gather around it to mourn the death of their loved ones who had been executed by the Turks during the Ottoman rule.
Pefki and the surrounding area abound in small historic chapels. A special mention is warranted to the little chapel of ‘Dinius’, which contains an image of the Virgin Mary of Dinious. It is believed that its name derives from the Turkish word ‘Donus’ meaning ‘to return’. According to the lore, a persecuted local Christian carrying this image was shot by a Turkish soldier. Still, the bullet not only didn’t hit him but ‘turned’ and hit the soldier.
- Daily excursions:
One of its greatest assets is its harbour which facilitates access to Sporades islands as many small boats offer daily trips.
A 25-minute drive (19km) will take you to the beautiful town of Oreoi, home of the ancient ‘Taurus of Oreoi’. The Church of St Nicholas, patron saint of sailors and of the town. Its beach ‘Nisiotisa’ is known for its shallow waters enabling you to reach a small nearby island to visit a small chapel on its top.
How to get here:
1. From Athens, head towards Chalkida (a 60-minute drive). After reaching Chalkida, head north towards Prokopi (St. John the Russian), Pappades, Agia Anna, Vasilika, and reach Artemision. Pefki is a further 2-kilometres out. A 190-kilometre drive in total.
2. Coming from Northern Greece, you reach the Glyfa Port and then take the ferry boat to Agiokampos. Head towards Edipsos. Go past Agiokampos and Istiaia, and 25 minutes later – 22.6 kilometres – you will reach your destination.
Glyfa Tel: 22380 61391
Agiokambos Tel: 22260 31680
3. From Limni, Pefki is a 44-kilometre drive through Istiaia. From Edipsos, Pefki is a 31-kilometre drive.
Port Authority Tel: 2226041710