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Pissonas, Evia

Pissonas is a farming village on the foothills of the mountain range of Dirfis, on the island of Evia, northeast of the city of Chalkida.The history of the region, dates way back to ancient times. Throughout the 2500 years of its recorded history, starting from the Neolithic era, this region witnessed many conquerors - Spartans, Athenians, Macedonians, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans.In terms of its natural landscape, Evia Island is a combination of the absolutely wonderful lush green mountains and the sapphire blue water of the sea which surrounds it – a unique combination indeed! The stunning beaches, the deep blue sea with its redeeming qualities, all mingle with the majestic and imposing presence of the mountain - the rich forested peaks, the olives trees, fig trees and fir trees are all awe-inspiring!

In all likelihood, Dirfis was named after its tallest peak, Delfi, a name which changed into “Dirfis” over time. Dirfis’ peak, Delfi, is approximately 1.750m tall and in ancient times it was a place of worship of the goddess Hera. The village of Pissonas lies on the foothills of Dirfis which was quite probably named either after those who fell at some battle there (pessontes) or after the mist (poussi) which lingers in the area throughout the year. The Tower of Mostras, a medieval tower in Pissonas, is a sight worth seeing since it is still standing and remains intact. The tower was named after Spyridon Mostras, its owner, who was the last eminent landowner of the area.