Our Writers’ Retreats are located in Evoia Island, roughly 1,5 hours drive from the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport of Athens.
Dafni is spectacularly engulfed at the shores of North Euboean Gulf, 33 kms north of Xalkida, the capital of Evoia Island and 130 kms from the International Airport of Athens.
It is a tiny little village with less than 15 permanent citizens. Quiet & picturesque with stunning, warm sunsets and a nostalgic atmosphere especially during autumn and spring. The beach is less than one minute walk from the house and is safe for swimming and accessible all year round. Hiking trails and viewpoints on both sides of the bay offer day activities for the adventurous as well as provide with spots where you can get inspired. The nearby sleepy town of Nerotrivia, offers the authentic yet untouched Greek spirit with the typical tavernas and coffee places (kafeneio) where locals meet and hang out.
Untouched, secluded, peaceful; the perfect environment to commit to your project without being distracted for as long as you want.
Agios Ioannis, Aliveri
Agios Ioannis is naturally nested in the Servouni Mtn about 47 kms west of Xalkida & 142 kms away from the International Airport of Athens. It has been declared as a Traditional Settlement and has a Laographic (Folklore) Museum which houses and preserves traditional tools and household objects, all part of the cultural heritage of the area.
It has around 1.500 permanent citizens and the majority of them are farmers. The little town has a great history since the early Byzantine times when the first settlements started to appear and its strategic location deep inside the valley of nearby mountains offered a safe setting for the citizens during the Second World War.
There are still houses which has been made of locally quarried stone, bringing them into harmony with the landscape. One of them, is your Retreat which has been recently renovated and remodelled in order to accommodate the needs of a writer as well as meet the modern standards of an art residency.
Apart from day hikes in the surrounding mountains and scuba diving in the nearby Petries village, farm visits and related activities (milking, cheese and yogurt making, etc.) genuinely attached to the traditional Greek way of living which still prevails in the villages are available and offer an unforgettable experience that can be of high value for your next writing project.
The nicest beaches of east Evoia are about an hour drive from the residency but there are also quite a few in less than half an hour to the west. All make up a great excuse to stop working as well as enjoy the winter sea breeze or the famous Greek summer.