"a usefull port" Skala Oropou by mindcrime

Skala Oropou Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 138 photos

Skala Oropou is the seaport part of Oropos. It?s located about 50km NE from Athens, Attica.

It?s not a special or attractive place but from there you can take the ferry to Eretria and explore Evia island so it?s a convenient way if you don?t want to drive through Chalkida. No surprise near the port you can find numerous café and restaurants to drink or eat something.

A lot of people from Athens have their country houses at Oropos and many more come in weekends for the beach. There are buses from Athens (70? bus ride for 4,80e) so the main beach of Oropos gets really crowed on Sundays when also tour buses bring people for swimming (they stay 2 hours and return). There are about 1300 ihabitants (much more during the summer months) and the main business is agriculture or at least used to be, the last years many people opened café, restaurants and focusing on tourism during the warmer months as Oropos has lot more people that come every summer. We spend some lazy days there each year, usually at the beach during the day and later strolling up and down the promenade near the port. The architecture in general is a disaster near the sea with no plan at all but you can still find some churches and squares around but also some nice houses that are located up on the hills. The old residents used to gather around Agios Andreas church while the refugees from Minor Asia gathered at the area of Nea Palatia where Agios Georgios church is. Don?t miss Profitis Ilias church on the hill above the port for some great view over the village.

here's a small video clip of my visits to Skala Oropou in 2015-2016:
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history of Oropos

The history of the area goes back to Ancient Greece. The area was always important because of its location between Athens and Viotia and opposite Evia. The written texts at the Sanctuary of Ampiarion gave a lot of information about Ancient Oropos and the rich era of that period. As expected it was an important port for the Athenians as they were taking supplies from Evia island but it was also used as a defense village against Viotia who fought numerous times with Athens for Oropos.

Famous writers of Ancient Greece (Herodotus, Aristotelis etc) also referred to Oropos and some of them said that Oropos was the ancient GREA of Homer. Some people say that when the people of Grea imgrated (along with the people of Evia) to South Italy the romans named all greeks Greci (hence the name Grrece)!
According to archaeologists a small town was here from 1900 to 1550BC and then during mycenean era (1550-1100) just east of Nea Palatia area. Mycenean tombs have been found also NE of Amphiareon. Much later (end of archaic era) Oropos was under Eretria reign when most probably the name Oropos came (an eretrian form of Asopos that turned into Aropos and then Oropos). Athenians took it back in 506BC but Macedonians fgave it back to Athenians after the battle of Chaironeia (338BC). From 295 to 146BC became member of Viotian State and was prosperous unti 146BC when romans were the new world leaders. During the reign of Emperor August (63BC-14AD) Oropos went back to Athianians.

Most problably Oropos started to decline, in early byzantine times there were some early Christian churches but the seaside town was abandoned and people moved further inland (where the small village of Oropos stands today, 2km from port). During 12th century Francs built a castle (where Sycamino village stands today) that was occupied by ottoman turks in 1458.

During the Greek War of Independence against the Ottomans (1821-1829) many battles took place here but we have to go to mid 19th century to see the first people settle in Skala Oropou. After the Asia Minor Catastrophe that ended the Greco-Turkish war (1920-1922) migrants from the village of Palatia (in Asia Minor) came to Chalkida and then in 1924 they founded Nea Palatia (just next to Skala Oropou, now both are merged into one). Pontic Greeks came to Oropos the same period (most of them settled near Profitis Ilias chapel where you will see a monument and a chapel).

In 1938 a big earthquake destroyed Nea Palatia (so most if not all building we see today are new). During the greek coup (1967-1974) there was a need for quick load/unload or army stuff from Malakasa in case of war so they filled the area into the sea so the beach was widened.

Things to do:

-swim swim swim!
-eat fresh fish at one of the taverns. There are also some cafes and some clubs for the night. There is a also a cinema, CINE OROPOS at Pindarou 5(tel:2295038979)
-during the summer some concerts take place, check for posters on the streets, there?s also a 4 day bazaar (where I usually cheap books for the beach) during the celebration of Profitis Ilias (july 19) when they bring the icon from the chapel on the hill down to Agios Andreas church.
-If you come to Oropos don?t miss the Oracle Amphiarion of ancient Oropos which is located close to Kalamos village (10? by car from Oropos).
-Drive north along the coast to Halkutsi, Dilessi and Avlida.

  • Last visit to Skala Oropou: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 5, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2016 at 2:06 AM

    Interesting to read about the Pontic Greeks. I never knew much about them before.

    • mindcrime's Profile Photo
      Jun 6, 2016 at 3:02 AM

      I plan to return and talk with some of their community in Oropos. About 350.000 Pontic Greeks lost their lives from 1914 to 1923 in Pontus area. The genocide is recognised by Germany, Greece, Sweden and other countries but not by Turkey who refuse to take an official thesis on the events (including the armenian genocide or any other minority that suffered)

  • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    This brings back some memories. Spent a fortnight near here many moons ago

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    I would rather see this archaeology site for 2 EU than dance all night on the beach...LOL

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    I see there are so many romantic places there... It would be great to pa a visit....

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    Hi, I can see this is an excellent little place for you to enjoy away from the heat of Athens!!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Another nice little page.

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