Rovies and its hinterland

The new coast road northwest from Limni to Aedipsos, reaches Rovies after 10km, set back behind a wooded shore of great beauty near to the site of Ancient Orobiai which, according to Thucydides (PW. III. 89), was destroyed by a seismic tsunami in 426 bc. The centre is dominated by the mediaeval Frankish tower built by Guillaume de Villehardouin, Prince of Achaea, between 1255 and 1258, during his successful war against the Venetian lords of the island. The tower—now disfigured by concrete additions—was a possession of the Benaki family in recent times. From Rovies a pleasant loop can be made into the forested landscape of the interior in order to visit the 19th century monastery of Hosios David Gerontos which is a much-frequented centre of local pilgrimage and has wall-paintings which were executed in the first years of this century. A loop can be made via the gorge and waterfalls of Drymona, returning once again to Rovies, via the picturesque village of Kokkinomylia.

Euboea Island, Greece

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