"a usefull port" Skala Oropou by mindcrime
Skala Oropou Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 93 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.
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.
-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 along the coast to Chalkutsi, Dilessi and Avlida.
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