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Avlonari

Avlonari - a small cute village in the Eastern part of the Greek island of Evia (Euboea). The settlement is located just 13 km North-East of Aliveri, 15 km South of Kimi and approximately 68 km East from the town of Chalcis (the administrative centre of the island).

The area where today is the modern Avlonari, has been inhabited since time immemorial. The first written sources, which speak about the existence of a settlement here date back to the 6th century. But, as historians assume, modern Avlonari was founded only in the 10-11 centuries. In the 15th century, during the reign of the island from the Venetians, there for defensive purposes was built 12 watchtowers. One of these towers and now stands proudly in the center of the village and is its hallmark.

Descending amphitheatrically on the slopes of a picturesque hill situated in the centre of the fertile valley village Avlonari is perhaps one of the most picturesque villages of Evia. Walk the narrow winding streets of the historical center of this picturesque town will bring you a lot of fun, and cozy local taverns where you can relax and enjoy excellent local cuisine.

In addition to the old Venetian tower in Avlonari deserves special attention and the Church of St. Nicholas.

Near Avlonari is one of the largest and oldest temples of Evia - the Church of St Demetrius (11th century), built on the ruins of the ancient sanctuary of Artemis. Ancient Byzantine frescoes that adorn the temple, are quite well preserved and are of immense artistic and historical value.

If you are planning your vacation on the island of Evia in October, you should definitely visit the famous fair Avlonari. This is an annual traditional event, which local residents organize to celebrate the end of grape harvest starts October 6th and lasts for eight days.