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Εvia is the second biggest island in Greece and is located just a breath away from Athens. On the northern part of the island and in approximately 1 hour (by car) from Chalkida, lies Agia Anna (Agali) beach; the longest shore of the island (9km) and one of the most beautiful and popular in the area.
Agia Anna is a rejuvenating and relaxing resort destination. The rich green pine forest reflects on the crystal blue completing unique magical scenery.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
With its 9 km of golden sand and pebbles and the amazing hills full of pine trees literally hanging above the sea, Agia Anna is among the most cosmopolitan beaches of Evia. However, there is always room for everyone as the beach is so long.
Access to Agia Anna:
From Athens: The distance from Athens to Agia Anna is estimated at 157 km with duration approximately 2,0-2,5 hrs. Follow the Athens-Lamia National Road and after reaching Chalkida you will pass the air bridge and continue your route seaside through the peripheral road of Chalkida. For your own convenience there are many circulation signs. From Chalkida the distance from Agia Anna is approximately 58 km.
After passing Chalkida and Nea Artaki you reach the roots of Agios mountain.
For half an hour the road is narrow with many strolls, but the route and the view is amazing, through a delightful wood.
After the route through the mountain you reach Prokopi with the magnificent temple of Agios Ioannis Rosos. The route to Agia Anna continues having parallel a beautiful landscape with rivers and high plane tree.
From Thessaloniki: Ferryboat Glyfa - Agiokampos
Access to Athens:
Arrival by Airplane: The new airport of Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos”, one of the best airports in Europe, (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV) is located in Spata Town and serves flights to Greece daily from several international airlines from all over the world. You can take a charter flight, so you can carry your windsurf equipment with you as well.
The metro and the Proastiakos-Suburban railway, as well as taxis and buses to and from Athens are to be found opposite the main exit of the airport. The distance is 44 km. The bus journey takes between 35 and 45 minutes to the city centre at Syntagma (Parliament) Square (of course depending on the time and traffic), therefore the best way is to take the “Athens metro” that connects the airport with Athens and Piraeus. There are car hire agencies at the airport, in case you want to rent a vehicle.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: If you are coming from the European continent and you prefer to take the ferry from an Italian Port, you need to head towards Italy and the Italian ports of Ancona, Venice Bari or Brindisi. Those ports have daily connections to Corfu, Igoumenitsa and Patras. If you are coming from Aegean Sea (from a Greek Island, Turkey or Cyprus) you will reach one of the Attica’s Ports in Piraeus, Rafina or Lavrio Town.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: If you’re coming by Ferry from an Italian port, Patra is about 211 km away from the center of Athens and Igoumenitsa is about 445 km. There are some good highways a like the Corinth-Athens and the Athens-Larissa, Corinth-Tripoli and the Egnatia highway.
Arrival by Train: Train travel is not so much in fashion anymore due to the complexity of the journey through the Balkans. Rail services link Thessaloniki with, Athens, Thrace and Patra. The line through what was once Yugoslavia provides connections with Central and Western Europe. The line through Bulgaria connects to Eastern Europe and the line through Istanbul, Turkey with the countries of the Near East.
If you choose to come to Attica by train, when you’ll arrive to “Stathmos Larissis” station, you’ll get the metro Line 2 with direction to “Agios Dimitrios” and after four stops you’ll arrive to Syntagma.