Dragon Houses Hike

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Period of operation :April to November
Price :

45€ for min 4 participants (for less or more participants please contact us)

Duration :3 hours
Minimum attendance :2 participants
Level requirements :Average - good physical condition, minimum age 14 yrs

Ohi mountain with a maximum altitude of 1.400m is situated on the most southern part of Evia. Ohi, along with Dirfi and Kandili are the most important mountains on the island. Ohi is particularly known due to its mysterious, ancient, giant rock constructions that locals call "Drakospita" (Dragon Houses). The most famous "dragon house" is built on the Ohi summit.

A little bit of information about the Drakospita mystery: In south 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 other 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? In either case, the fact that they are built near quarries lead to the conclusion that the Drakospita were temples dedicated to protecting god of stone cutters or semi-god Hercules, who is considered the epitome of strength.

The meeting point for this excursion is the village Mili, in Karystos. From there we drive (each one on his car) until the mountain lodge.  The lodge is the starting point of the trek. The route varies in difficulty levels, however, the impressive view and the cool fresh air boosts one with energy to continue walking. One and a half hours later we reach the stone built church of prophet Ilias, which is located near the Drakospito and the Ohi summit at 1.400m. The mountain is like a balcony over the Aegean overlooking Karystos and, visibility permitting, one can see the mountains of Chios and Samos islands as well as the Peloponnese. In ancient times Ohi mountain was a place of worship for goddess Ira and in current times this of prophet Ilias. Nature lovers must undoubtedly see and touch a Drakospito on the summit. The hike there is a unique experience for those who dare….

  • English speaking Trekking Hellas Guide
  • Picnic lunch
  • Digital photographs
  • Sportswear
  • Swimwear
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Drinking water

Meeting Point: Mili Village, Click here to see meeting point on googlr maps

Meeting Time: 10.00 am