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Welcome to Lesvos!

ATTRACTIONS

- Archeological sites. In the city of Mytilini, the ancient theater and the Geni Mosque. In Agia Paraskevi, the Klopedis Ancient Temple. In Moria, the Roman Aqueduct, which is one of the important technical projects in the Mediterranean. The Castle of Mytilini and of Molyvos, where many cultural events take place during the summer.
- Churches and Monasteries. The famous and miraculous to many Monastery of Agios Rafael in Thermi. The Taxiarhis Monastery in Mantamado with the unique orthodox church which boasts a relief icon of Archangel Michael. The Limonos Monastery which is like a miniature of Athos, in a richly vegetated environment in Kalloni, is one of the most significant monasteries in the island, with valuable historically important heirlooms. The Ypsilou Monastery in Sigri, on top of Mount Ordymnos, offers a lovely view and features many ecclesiastical treasures. The church of Virgin Mary of Agiassos, is dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary. Every year on August 15, the entire island walks towards the church. The church of Virgin Mary Glykofiloussa in Petra is particularly charming, since it’s built on a rock 40 meters tall. In the city of Mytilini, the impressive Agios Therapontas and in Skala Sykamnias a picturesque church that inspired Myrivilis to write “Panagia Gorgona” (Virgin Mary Mermaid).
- The museums. In the city of Mytilini, the Archeological Museum, in a three-story neoclassical building and in a new building in Kioski. There is also the Museum of Byzantine Art, across from Agios Therapontas, the Museum of Folk Art, the old Port Authorities building and the traditional house of Lesvos. In Vareia, the Terriant museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Theofilos, right next to it, with the prominent painter’s unique work. In Vrysa (Polychnitou) the Natural History Collection with fossils and samples of minerals. In Eressos, the archeological collection, and in Sigri the innovative and modern Museum of Modern History, with fossils from the Petrified Forest and temporary exhibitions, a member of the Geoparks International Network. In Mithimna, visit the Library with the coins collection and the Gallery, the Soap Museum (former Poulias Soap Factory) in the municipality of Plomari, as well as the Ouzo Museum. Finally, the new impressive Vrana Museum – Olive Press, in Papado, the facilities of the olive press of Elytis’ grandfather and in Agia Paraskevi the Oil Industry Museum of Lesvos.
- Other attractions. The olive grove of Geras. The petrified forest in Sigri. The traditional settlements in Agiasos, Petra and Molyvos. There are many natural medicinal springs in the entire island that you should definitely visit and relax in a traditional environment: Eftalou, Thermi, Polychnitou, Lisvoriou, Geras. Blessed with regions of unique natural beauty and importance, Lesvos hosts 3 significant wetlands: Kalloni (NATURA 2000), Vateron and Ntiopiou-Larsou.
- Festivals - Events. The festivals of Taxiarchis Mantamadou, Mystegnon, Tavrou in Kalloni, Agias Paraskevis and Plomariou with the horses. The Ouzo festival and the Lesvos Festival in Mytilini, the Sardine Festival in Skala Kallonis, the “Vatousianos Avgoustos” in Vatousa, the Veniaminia in Plomari and many more.

ROUTES

Mytilini – Gera – Agiasos – Plomari: We start from the city of Mytilini to explore the southern part of the island, between the bays of Geras and Kalloni. We take the central road towards Kalloni and on the intersection (with traffic lights) we turn to Agiasos. We can make a stop to Ntipi to tour the wetland, in the river Evergetoula. We continue to Agiasos, after passing by the picturesque village of Asomatos, which is ideal for walking in the narrow pedestrian streets. The vegetation changes as we ascend north, while after Agiasos we descend towards the seaside village of Plomari, the birthplace of Ouzo. There are many distinctive beaches in this area (Melinda, Drota, Agios Isidoros, Tarti etc.). From there we can go left to conclude the tour in this area on the eastern side, going through Gera and Perama. We return to the city of Mytilini through the coastal road to the bay of Geras and tour the seaside villages.

Plomari – Polichnitos - Kalloni: Leaving Plomari on the right, we go through Vatera, one of the longest beaches of the Mediterranean. We ascend up north to visit Polychnitos with the hot springs and the lovely bay of Kalloni appears right in front of us. In the local villages, visitors will find exceptional taverns with delicacies and fresh fish from the bay and also from the eastern Aegean (Nyfiada, Achladeri, Agios Pavlos etc.). This coastal route ends up in Kalloni, where you can deviate in order to visit the wetland.

Kalloni – Parakoila – Agra – Mesotopos - Eressos: As long as we are in Kalloni, before head west, we should pay a visit to the village of Agia Paraskevi with the impressive school and the unique festival. This village is known for its local delicious meat. The route around the bay of Kalloni is stunning, especially through the seaside villages (Parakoila, Apothika), while when we turn to Agra, the landscape changes and becomes wild, dry and barren. In Tavari and Chrouso, under Mesotopos, you can enjoy swimming and taste the delicacies in the fish taverns of those small settlements, before the road ends up in Skala Eressou, a particularly picturesque and popular destination. Instead of cementing the beach –as they usually do in seaside villages- they chose to build hotels on wooden balconies on the sand. The scintillating view and the breezy cocktails paint a unique summer holidays canvas. For lunch, we ascend to Eressos and from there we can continue to Sigri and visit the petrified forest, the Natural History Museum, the Ypsilou Monastery and of course more fish taverns. 

Eresos – Mithimna:
A mountainous short route that goes through the picturesque villages of Skalohori and Skoutaro, which have a uniformed architecture (stone houses with tiled roofs) and tasty local products, mainly sweets, produced by the women’s cooperatives. The road ends up in Petra, a popular destination with an homonymous church and a long sandy beach, while in the nearby villages there are quieter choices for swimming and eating. We leave Petra behind and move towards the traditional settlement of Mithimnas, which is amphitheatrically built on a hill, underneath a small castle, and descends towards the port and the beach. Its sudden view bedazzles the visitors. Needless to say that this is an ideal stop for a picture.

Mithimna – Sykamnia – Mantamados – Mytilini: We conclude the tour of the island by leaving Mithimna behind and head over to Sykamnia. We go through Vafeio, with the lovely taverns and the local delicacies, and we continue to Lepetymno and Sykamnia. Skala Sykamnias is ideal for quiet walks and fresh fish. We return through the mountainous route towards Mantamado, which is another village with distinctive ambiance and dairy products, which later becomes coastal and overlooks the Turkish coastline. We go through Kydonies and Skala Mystegnon, to reach Thermi, with the medicinal springs and the Towers. We can then approach the capital, through Pamfila and Panagiouda, which are also traditional fishing villages.

From the city of Mytilini we can easily tour the eastern part of the bay of Geras and visit the nearby villages of Taxiarchis, Varia, Agia Marina, Loutgra and Skala Loutron, swim in the beaches and try a hamam in the medicinal spring of Geras.

ROAD TIPS 

• Traffic in the city of Mytilini is not really problematic, but parking is. The only solutions are the municipal parking lot on Elytis Street, behind the City Hall, and the one in the passenger port. Of course there is always the option of buying a parking card from any kiosk, which costs 1 euro, and park around the dock.
• On the north side of the island (Thermi, Mantamados, Sykamnia) traffic is pretty heavy, especially during the summer months, since a lot of people are visiting the local monasteries. Drivers should be extra careful because the roads are pretty narrow and visibility is limited.
• On the other side of the island (Molyvos, Agiassos, Plomari), a new road network has been created over the last few years. The only difficulty might be the numerous turns, at some points.
• If you are planning on visiting the settlements, it’s better to go by foot, since the narrow streets cannot be accessed by car. 


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