A very challenging archaeological wonder lies in the area of Southern Evia: it’s the 25 famous huge constructions called Drakóspita (=Dragonhouses). Always located on steep and dominating location, they are built with huge slabs of limestone which form a pyramid-shaped roof: opposite walls converge towards each other as the slabs are put on top one another with each of them protruding as regards its inferior one. Other architectural features include monolithic jambs and lintels, as well as stone shelves protruding from the wall.
Many theories have been proposed in order to explain when, how and for which use the dragonhouses were built. Some have claimed that they were ancient sanctuaries of either Zeus or Hera or Heracles. Others believe that they might have been guard posts or defensive structures, or even shelters for lumberjacks. Whichever the truth is, their imposing size and construction technique is an intriguing enigma!
South of Evia is considered the "land of giants". When you are in or near Styra, you have to do this tour. Three splendid "P" shaped Dragons form a beautiful settlement among the trees. Styra's Dragonhouses are the best preserved and consist of three farmhouses, dating from the Classical to the Hellenistic times.
The Dragonhouses "Drakospita" are grandiose holy buildings in southern Evia, dating from the classic (7th century BC - about 650 BC) and the early Hellenistic period. They are located near Styra, Karystos and Ochi peak.
Leaving the Dragon Houses, we follow the ridge to the Acropolis of Styron. The stunning views of Styra and the Evoikos Gulf will inflate you. The ancient quarries indicate the previous mining activity, while the colossal ancient walls and the enormous monolithic gate "the emblem of the Municipality of Styra" are exactly what we have come to.