The location of this cottage is perfect. Direct access to a lovely peaceful stretch of coast, a very short drive to a small town (Drosia) with all the facilities you could require, another 10 minutes and you are in Chalkida the principle city of the province of Evia with an array of beautiful shops and restaurants. There are very few foreign tourists in the area, and the local residents are exceptionally warm and friendly. From Chalkida you can catch the frequent rail service to Athens. Also within reasonable driving distance for a day trip are such delights as Delphi, Marathon, Agios Loukas and Thermopylae as well as the peaceful unspoilt island of Evia.
As well as sightseeing, you will want to budget some time for enjoying the cottage. Anyone who (like us) has a passion for sea swimming and snorkelling is in for a treat. The rocky coast outside the front gate offers safe access (with sea shoes) to the divinely clear, warm sea. Currents are gentle and sealife plentiful. There are also sandy bays within easy walking distance. The cottage is fantastically well equipped with everything you could need. There is plenty of opportunity for outdoor living with several beautiful shady terraces, an outdoor cooking area and hammocks. Lovely fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs abound in the garden and we enjoyed cooking with them. Three very friendly dogs live at the property, which was great though they are a little boisterous so if you have small kids you may want to speak to the owner about arrangements for the dogs.
Your hosts are a lovely family who are at pains to make your stay enjoyable. The owners drop in every other day to feed the dogs and water the garden, but will arrange a time with you and are very considerate of guests' privacy. Helpful information is provided regarding local restaurants and facilities.
Highlights of our visit (apart from the sea!) were Delphi, Ramnous (a beautiful unspoilt ancient acropolis by the sea - we were the only visitors at the huge and atmospheric site as it's a little off the beaten track) and a fabulous (and good value) spa day at Edipsos. And of course the wonderous city of Athens.
We would urge you to go and support tourism in Greece at present. The rumours you may have heard are nonsense. A great value holiday in Greece is still possible and you will be welcomed warmly by everyone you meet.