'Old Olives' is located in Porto Buffalo village, Evia island, a peaceful picturesque fishing village that remains refreshingly untouched despite its proximity to Athens.
An ideal ‘get away’ place, yet a convenient base for easy day trips to explore Evia's natural, cultural and historical diversity & experience authentic timeless Greece.
Relax under the 2 old olive trees with uninterrupted sea, sunset & mountain views and the tranquil sound of gently lapping water. The sea is at your feet!
Old Olives garden flat, surrounded by 1.500 sq. meters of garden with olive, almond, oleander, pine and fig trees and a 30m seafront, comprises 2 double bedrooms with patio doors leading to a sheltered patio and the garden, 2 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen/living area.
To the front are two old olive trees (350yrs old) offering an idyllic shady place to sit and relax with uninterrupted sea, sunset and mountain views, surrounded by the tranquil sound of gently lapping water. You're just ten steps away (literally) from a rejuvenating quick dip anytime of the day or night and 2 minutes stroll down to the picturesque harbor with 3 taverns.
There are 4 kayaks, 2 mountain bikes and 1 paddle boat on site available on request.
The property features A/C heating/cooling and double-glazed windows, therefore suitable for all year round use.
Argyro village (3km): for basic shopping (milk, pasta, cigarettes etc)
Zarakes village(6km): mini market, pharmacy, grocery, butchery, bakery, pizzeria, café and 2 tavernas (with souvlaki)
Krieza village: petrol station, 2 mini markets, pharmacy, bakery, butchery
Nea Styra port town (20mins): cash points, international newsstand, pharmacy, post office, shops, café & tavernas
Aliveri town(20mins): bustling market town with all amenities including supermarkets (LIDL, Vasilopoulos, Atlantic), banks, post office, international newsstand, medical center, internet café & tavernas
Nikos & Stella’s tavern ‘Akrogiali’
Porto Buffalo harbor
Offers: fresh seafood, meat dishes and local delicacies
Porto Buffalo tavern
Porto Buffalo harbor
Offers: fresh seafood and meat dishes
Nikos & Mary’s tavern
Zarakes village (8mins drive, opposite the bakery)
Offers: Greek souvlaki & delicious tasty pork & lamb chops
Agios Dimitrios village (15min drive, bypass Argyro village, turn right at the sign ‘Άγιος Δημήτριος’)
Offers: fresh seafood, meat dishes & local delicacies
Ano Petries village (20min drive, through Krieza Village, turn right at the sign ‘Πετριές’)
Offers: excellent souvlaki & chips
‘Mouries’ taverna (1hr 15mins drive)
Paradisi village (a good place to stop on your way to Dimosaris Gorge, Kaliani village)
Offers: authentic local delicacies and good wine
There are 3 other local sand & pebble beaches (‘Sikies tou Gerou, Vouvo, Kamaria’) within 5-10mins drive / 30min – 1hr walk.
Zarakes beach (20min drive)
Drive through Zarakes village, turn left at the sign for the beach & taverna.
Limnionas & Almyriki with fish & meat tavernas (30mins drive)
Drive through Mesohoria village and follow the road that leads down to the two beaches. (left fork for Armiriki, right fork for Limnionas).
Agioi Apostoli, Klimaki & Stomio with fish & meat tavernas (30mins drive)
Drive through Krieza village, turn right at the sign for ‘Πετριές, Άγιοι Απόστολοι’. Follow the road down to the beaches and look out for the signs written in Greek ‘Αγιοι Απόστολοι, Κλιμάκι, Στόμιο’.
Korasida & Kalamos with café and tavernas (40mins drive)
Drive to Lepoura, turn right at the T-junction signposted Kimi, turn right again at Neohori ‘Νεοχώρι’ village and follow the road to the two beaches. Right fork for ‘Κάλαμος’, left fork for ‘Κορασίδα’.
Daytrips around south and central Evia
Kymi (35km/45mins, Central Evia)
35km to the northeast is Kymi, a charming hill town, known as “The balcony to the Aegean”, with a pleasant harbor below where the ferry to Skyros island is located. The birthplace of the world-renowned doctor G. Papanikolaou (Pap-Test), Kymi is also famous for its Folklore Museum, medicinal springs of Choneftiko and local sweet “almond baklava”. It is worth taking a scenic trip around the picturesque mountain villages of Kymi with their traditional cafes and tavernas offering authentic local delicacies and good wine.
Nea Stira (20mins / South Evia)
The delightful seaside village of Nea Styra has a pleasant paved seafront with numerous cafes, bars, fish and meat tavernas where you can sit and enjoy spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Evia.
Dimosaris Gorge (70km/1hr45mins, Southern Evia)
Take a trip to the famous Dimosaris gorge (12km long) on the north side of Mt. Ochi(1.398m) which ends at the coastal village of Kaliani. Covered in plane, chestnut and oak trees, it is renowned for its wildlife (Natura 2000) with rare species of plants and birds. Start off at Lenosei ‘Λενοσαίοι’ village (approx. 2km from Kaliani) and walk up the gorge following the old cobble stoned path that runs parallel to the river. A good picnic spot is about 40mins uphill walk with waterfalls and big flat boulders ideal for a rest. On your return from the gorge, you’ll see the river that runs into the Aegean sea over a beautiful sandy beach.
Karystos (50km/1hr20mins, Southern Evia)
Further south is the attractive coastal town of Karystos, a town of considerable historical significance with several ancient sites and ruins. Visit the medieval Venetian castles of Castello Rosso and Bourtzi ( dating from the 13th century), the Archaeological Museum of Karystos and the cave of Agia Triada.
Dragon Houses (Karystos and Styra area, Southern Evia)
Visit the mysterious and impressive Dragon houses on Mt. Ochi linked to prehistory with their myths and legends. These cyclopean structures, built with huge, monolithic stones, are believed to be the creations of the first inhabitants of the area, the Dryopes. Just below the peak of Mt. Ochi is the most important and well-preserved Dragon-house, a place of worship dedicated to Hera or Hercules, according to archaeologists.
Chalkida (1hr/Central Evia)
An hour’s drive north takes you to the island’s capital, Chalkida, which marks the midpoint between southern and northern Evia and has a bridge connection to the mainland. The bridge spans the Straits of Evripos, famous for the reversal in direction of its tidal flow every six hours.
Eretria (50mins/Central Evia)
Just south of Chalkida lies Eretria, an important financial and cultural center in ancient Greece, well-known for its archaeological sites and museum.