1-Day trip to Drakospita, the Acropolis of Styra and the Castle of Armena in South Evia

1-Day trip to Drakospita, the Acropolis of Styra and the Castle of Armena in South Evia

A tour of the historical monuments of South Evia for nature and culture lovers

throughout the year
4 hrs
1-Day trip to Drakospita, the Acropolis of Styra and the Castle of Armena in South Evia
Price from €40


The Dragon Houses are more than 20 strange, megalithic buildings that stand in the wider area of Karystos and in South Evia.

Why strange? These unusual structures are perplexing due to their lack of foundation and binding materials. Archaeologists speculate on their purpose, questioning whether they were homes, farms, religious sites, shelters, watchtowers, or even ancient observatories. The mystery surrounding them continues to baffle researchers.

From the port of Styra, we are transported by our vehicles for about 15 minutes until we reach the starting point. During our hike, we'll start on an asphalt road before reaching the path to our destination. The 5-kilometer path is uphill and includes stony fields. Along the way, we'll be treated to stunning views of the sea and the surrounding natural environment.

The ascent to Drakospita, Acropolis of Styra, and Castle of Armena forms a scenic road linking these historical sites. This route offers breathtaking views and appeals to nature enthusiasts and culture aficionados due to its archaeological significance. Perfect for those seeking a blend of nature and heritage.

Meeting point
Styra, Karystos
Meeting time
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  • One of the densest cultural routes in the Greek landscape, full of monuments and historical events.
  • The castle of Armena, is an ancient castle that remained in use until the Turkish occupation.
  • A hike that combines a panoramic view of the Euboean Sea from the Acropolis of Styra and the famous Dragon Houses.
  • The impressive Dragon Houses that captivate with their beauty and intrigue with their enigmatic origins.
  • This route offers a unique opportunity to delve into the country's history and culture while enjoying the special nature of South Evia.
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General Info

4 hrs
throughout the year

40€/person for min 8 participants

50€/person for 7 participants

60€/person for 6 participants

70€/person for 5 participants

80€/person for 4 participants

100€/person for 3 participants

150€/person for 2 participants

300€/person for 1 participant

A few words about the Dragon Houses

Let us tell you the myths and realities that we know:

  • The buildings have been called Drakospita or Houses of the Dragon. They are one of the most famous ancient monuments in the area. Among them, the most well-preserved are the one located at the top of Ochi, a mountain of Evia with a maximum altitude of 1,398 meters. Others are located in Styra and the town of Karystos.
  • In Evia, Dragon Houses are often found on peaks. There are approximately 23 to 24, with some researchers suggesting 26 buildings. These structures were built around the 5th century BC.
  • There are countless myths, their true creators remain a mystery. Unveiling their origins would provide insight into their significance in ancient times.
  • Locals know the Dragon Houses as Draga. They are called "Dragons' Buildings" due to their massive size and impeccable construction. Legend has it that dragons themselves built these structures. Their name reflects the awe-inspiring combination of size and craftsmanship.
  • In that place resided a mighty dragon, instilling fear and terror throughout the land. Its presence cast a shadow of dread, commanding respect and caution from all who encountered it.
  • Another story recounts the longing to utilize them as the residence for the ruler of the Cyclops.

For humans, only massive creatures were capable of moving and manipulating these enormous boulders, strategically placing them to provide structural support for construction. They crafted ceilings without the need for binding materials, an impressive feat. Their technique allowed for seamless integration, showcasing their skill and ingenuity. The result is a visually stunning and structurally sound masterpiece.

Among the other elements that stand out are the monolithic loft, the stone shelves that are preserved inside some of the buildings, and also the windows that are preserved in the Dragon House of Ochi.

But in the end, what were these huge constructions for? Theories are many and varied.

According to one of them, the Dragon House of Ochi was a historic sanctuary honoring Hera and functioning as an observatory. Similar structures were constructed in Europe for the same celestial observation purposes.

Other theories propose that the building served as a friktoria or guardhouse due to its strategic positioning. Its elevated position provided an advantageous vantage point for overseeing and surveilling the surrounding area.

According to an alternative theory, the Drakospito of Ochi may have served as the dwelling for a Roman military unit responsible for protecting the nearby quarries. Alternatively, some believe that both the Drakospito and the complex in Styra were storage facilities and sanctuaries constructed by enslaved Cares who labored in the quarries.

Participation requirements

  • 14 years and older
  • Mental and physical health
  • Moderate to good physical condition
  • Hiking boot (that covers the ankle)
  • No previous experience required

Tour inclusions

  • Certified and Experienced Guides
  • Energy bar
  • Photo gallery
  • Taxes
  • Liability insurance

Tour exclusions

  • what is not mentioned above



1-Day trip to Drakospita, the Acropolis of Styra and the Castle of Armena in South Evia

A tour of the historical monuments of South Evia for nature and culture lovers

Price from €40




  • what is listed above in Equipment section


Trekking Hellas Evia


Phone: (+30) 6936 651396

Iraklis Nikolaidis (+30) 6936 651396

Email: evia@trekking.gr

Address: Agia Anna, North Evia, 34010


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