"a usefull port" Skala Oropou by mindcrime

Skala Oropou Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 119 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

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 Oropos and the rich era of that period. 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 from Italy came to Greece the first people they met were the people of Grea and that?s why the greek people are known as Greci! Athens and Viotia fight many times to occupy Oropos.

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 Jun 12, 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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