AVLONARI. Avlonari is a traditional village in the east of Evia, on the route-Eretia Chalkis-Kymi. It is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. Avlonari is about seventy kilometers from Chalkis and has about eight hundred inhabitants. It is a picturesque village, built at the foot and on the slopes of a hill, topped by a Venetian castle. Next to the castle you’ll find the large Agios Nikolaos church. From above you have a magnificent view over the surroundings. You can park the car down the hill to take a stroll through the narrow streets. To make the walk up to the top of the hill, you have to be agile. The village hastraditional stone-built mansions and narrow alleys with here and there some small shops and cafés. A small river meanders through the village. Every year, traditional folk festivals are held in the village, on August 29 the feast of John the Baptist and from 6 to 14 October is the trading party. Around Avlonari are several nice traditional villages that are worth a visit. This area is indeed very popular with hikers, you can wander through the beautiful countryside from village to village. In the village Oktonia is the monastery of Agios Dimitrios Katarachtou and the ruins of a castle from the Venetian period. A little further are the beaches Mourteri, Agios Merkourios and Bournias.