Settlement and History
Rovies are built in the arrow made by the two piney mountains Telethrio and Kavallaris, in a huge olive grove, which joins the foot of the mountain with the sea. According to the census in 2001, its population comes up to 1.155 residents.
Without a doubt, the historical land called Oroviae, is referred by Stravona, in relation to the always-true oracle of Selinoudios Apollon, in the place “ Taxiarhis”, near the monastery of Saint Irene Chrissovalladou. Regarding to the origin of her name, some researchers attribute it to orovos (rovi), a plant which thrived in her lands and was suitable for the nutrition of bovine animals, while others attribute it to onokentavros, which is a Kentavros with the head of a donkey, Orova.
The region, which has been inhabited without a pause since the Neolithic years, suffered a blow in 427 B.C. by a tidal wave created by a strong earthquake and its habitants moved to the surrounding area. Rovies made the difference during the Byzantine and the Frank Venetian period. The tower standing in the center of the settlement until today is a witness of all these. When Rovies got into the grip of Turkey in 1470, the area maintained its military and administrative significance, as its conquerors named it capital of the homonymous municipality ( Nahiyie y Roviez) of the area. In 1832, Rovies and the surrounding area were sold by their Turkish owner to Apostolos Doumas, while in 1836 they will be part of the newly established municipality of Aegeon, having as its capital the Limni. They remained part of it until 1912.
Then, after the abolition of the municipality of Aegeon, Rovies will become a separate community, with other settlements coming under it, like Kalamoudi, Marouli, Koulouros, Paliochori, Damia, Drymona, Agiannakos, Mandanika (Daphne).
In 1997, they will be part anew of the Kapodistrian municipality of Elymnia as a municipal compartment.
The area is suitable for various activities, such as:
- Canoe – Kayak
- Wind Surfing (Information at the Yachting Club of Limni, tel 22270-31900)
- Motor Cross
- Horse Riding
- Scuba- diving
At the taverns (small local restaurants) you can enjoy fresh local fish and home- cooked food. Accompany your food with local wine or tsipouro. At the patisseries taste doughnuts and sweets in syrup.
You can buy our local products such as oil, olives, olive paste from the Agriculture Co-operative of Rovies (tel 22270-71101), tsipouro, honey and wines from local producers and other agricultural products.
In addition, you can buy textiles from the Female Co-operative of Limni.
Events in the region
- Shrove Tuesday. Traditional happenings at the beach of Irakli.
- The 1st of May. The custom of pepper in Rovies.
- The Festival of apostles Peter and Paul, on the 29th of June.
- “Elymnia Festival”. A festival which takes place every year in Limni, between the 1st and the 15th of August. It is not a particular event but a series of events that take place from the 15th of July until the 15th August in the city and the surrounding villages of the Limni. Cultural events and lectures, book presentations, theatrical performances, musical evenings, dance shows, athletic events and races in and out of the sea, exhibitions of art and of general interest and other events which vary depending on the year and the endless imagination of their organizers. “ Elymmnia” festival is the greatest cultural event among municipalities in North Evia and not only there.