The shelter of Ochi (elevation 1,030), South Evia
The shelter of Ochi (elevation 1,030) is above Karystos, just below the summit and next to the chestnut hill, the last primitive chestnut forest of southern Evia. Since 1962 the mountain shelter can accommodate 15 guests and offers well-organized accommodations for those who love the mountains and nature. It can be reached by car to the top. (For reservations you may contact Mr. N. Gikas tel. +30 22240-26417 / 24 414, mob. +30 6936 365 435).
The mountain of South Evia has a peculiar character, high relief and rare vegetation offering beautiful images; the forest of centenarian chestnut to “Kastanologos” slopes with stumpy vegetation, thyme and herds of goats. From the refuge starts a narrow path leading to the famous Dragon house Ochi. The trail has various degrees of difficulty, nevertheless, the view is spectacular and the cool mountain air gives the visitor power and strength to continue. It takes half an hour to reach the church of the Prophet Elijah built in stone, located very close to the Dragon house and on top of ‘Ochi, at an altitude of 1,399.
The mountain dominates the bay of Karystos overlooking the Aegean Sea. The mountains of Chios, Samos and the Peloponnese can be seen on a clear day. From antiquity to the present day it is a sacred place of worship: Hera in the past, Prophet Elijah today. On the 2nd of August every year (the Pr. Elias with the old calendar), one of the traditional festivals of the region takes place. Unique beauty is the geological formation and the incredible views of the surrounding area and Karystos. According to the prevailing version, the Dragon House, dating from the 6th to the 2nd century BC, was a sacred place, dedicated to Zeus and Hera. Undoubtedly, hikers and nature lovers will get to know the area and visit the Dragon house on top of ‘Ochi. The ascent to the Dragon house is a unique experience for the few.