Dragon House Hike, South Evia! A magical tour through legends and tales!
Mt. Ohi at an elevation of 1.400 m is located on the most southern part of Evia. It is one of the most significant mountains on the island, long with Mt. Dirfi and Mt. Kandili. In ancient times Mt. Ohi was a place of worship of the goddess Ira .
The mountain is known due to its mysterious, ancient, giant rock constructions, that locals call “Drakospita” (Dragon Houses). The most famous “dragon house” is built on the Mt. Ohi’s summit.
We meet in the village of Mili, in the area of Karystos and drive (in our own cars) up to the mountain hut, the starting point of our Dragon House Hike. The hiking route varies in difficulty, however it offers stunning views along with a refreshing cool breeze that boosts us with energy. One and a half hour later we reach the stone-built church of prophet Ilias, which is located near the Drakospito and the Ohi summit at an altitude of 1.400 m. Take in the breathtaking views on the Aegean and Karystos ! And the atmosphere is clear we can even see the mountains on the islands of Chios and Samos as well as the Peloponnese.
Nature lovers must undoubtedly see and touch a Drakospito on the summit. This hike is a unique experience for those who dare….active travelers seeking authenticity in their destinations.
Interesting information about the Drakospita:
In southern Evia, between the towns of Karystos and Stira, there are 25 peculiar buildings that locals call Drakospita. Some say that they were built around the 12th century B.C. whereas others claim that the houses were built around the 6th century B.C. These “dragon houses” are solid rock constructions without foundations or windows. To this day their use or purpose is still uncertain. Could they have been homes to gods or humans? Could they have served as tombs or shelters for stone cutters? Temples or shepherds’ huts?
Whatever the truth is, the fact that they are built near quarries leads to the conclusion that the Drakospita were temples dedicated to protecting the god of stone cutters or semi-god Hercules, who is considered the epitome of strength.
Trekking Hellas offers an array of unique experiences and tours in this beautiful area! Also check out our Canoe Kayak in Kirinthos and River Trekking in Bolovinaina Canyon! Our team is also available to customize any of our activities according to your preferences and needs! Fell free to contact us and we will create your dream holiday experience!
Period of Operation: April to November
- 40€/person for min 6 participants
- 45€/person for 4-5 participants
- 50€/person for min 3 participants
- 65€/person for min 2 participants (for less or more participants please contact us)
- Average – good physical condition
- Minimum age 14 years
- English speaking Trekking Hellas Guide
- Greek traditional picnic lunch
- Free photos and videos
April to November
Meeting Point: Mili Village, Click here to see meeting point on googlr maps
Meeting Time: 10.00 am
- Small backpack
- Comfortable clothes (preferably quick-drying material: cotton or polycotton not denim)
- Light hiking shoes or hiking boots
- Hat or beanie sunglasses sunblock
- Waterproof jacket/membrane (for the rainy days)
- Your own personal water bottle. As part of our environmental policy and actions, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.