Halkida  (Χαλκίδα in greek) or Chalkis, is the biggest city of the island Evvia (or Evia or Euboea) in Sterea Ellada. It is the capital of the Prefecture of Evvia. Through the middle ages the city was a Venetian fortress, known as "Negroponte".
Halkida stands in the entrance of the island from the greek mainland. The city is built both on the Evia (island) and the Viotia (mainland) coasts of the strait of Evripos. The two coasts are connected with two bridges.
The city is 69 km away from the greek capital, Athens. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes. The city can be reached by bus, car or train. There is also a suburban railway connection.
Halkida is mostly a stop for tourists wanting to see the beautiful beaches of the island, which are mostly laid at the eastern coast (1 - 2,5 hours from Halkida).
Halkida has a wonderfoul urban coastline area, built on the two coasts of the strait of Evripos. As a greek island, Evia has a warm summer which allows the residents to swim at the many small beaches of the northern section of the city (at both coasts).
Take the mini-railway (vehicle) making a 30 minute sightseeing circle in the city
Shells in fish taverns.
Along the coastline you can find plenty of fish taverns, restaurants or just grills with greek salad and souvlaki. Recommended: "Dioskoufoi" (near the old bridge), "To piato" at Kouredi beach, "Ta Kaikia" under the Venetian fortress.
Local wine. Visit for a drink: Mostar (bar at the old bridge).
In summer visit intown: Souvala, Papathanasiou, Kourenti, Sikies, Liani Ammos (best for wind and kite surfing), or nearby beaches: Alikes Drosias (most popular), Leukanti, Nea Artaki (plenty fish taverns). Also visit Eretria (20' by car), a known resort.