Karystos. Karystos is a charming resort, 130 kilometers south of Halkida and 14 kilometers from Marmari. It is the most southerly port of the island of Evia. In the city live about 5000 inhabitants. Above the town of Karystos is located the red castle from the Middle Ages (Kastello Rosso) and behind it the impressive mountain "OCHI" (1399 meters). Karystos is an ancient city with a rich history.
This town was founded by the Driops and later the city was occupied by the Avants. Later this city state actively participated in the Trojan War, but also in the Greek-Persian wars. Karystos today is a modern city with wide roads and large squares. Karystos is situated in a sheltered bay and has gorgeous sandy beaches, cosy cafes, traditional taverns and ouzeries.
One of the most striking sights of Karystos is the Bourtzi fortress near the harbor. This was built in the Middle Ages (15th century) by the Venetians, probably to defend against the Turks. This fort is 300 m2 and consists of two floors. Karystos is accessible by ferry from Rafina. The journey takes about one and a half hours and costs about 10 Euro per person.