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    Walk the steps

    by JANNCOX Written Mar 3, 2011

    Do visit the village of Petra, here you will find a lovely little church, built on the top of a great rock in the middle of the village. There are approx 140 steps to the church, quite a climb, but so worth it for the views. It's also a pretty little church inside. Don't forget to take something to slip round your shoulders ladies, and no short shorts. You can see this church from right out at sea, and from the little beach of Avlaki, along the coast.

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    Visit Petra and climb the steps

    by Tracyden Written Jan 22, 2011

    It's easy to get a bus from Molyvis to Petra where there is a sandy beach. Sunbeds are free if you eat or drink at the bar they belong to. Rumour has it that the original Shirley Valentiine still works at one of the cafes here.

    It's worth a visit to thhe church Panayia Flykofiloussa - our lady of the sweet kiss. Be prepared for a climb up the 114m steps (come uneven) to reach the church.

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    Outdoor Cinema

    by Tracyden Updated Jan 22, 2011

    Take in a film at tthe outdoor cinema, you can even get a beer. We saw Mama Mia and Angels and Demons. Some night the films are in English and other nights German - and all with greek subtitles. The posters in town advertise the films and which language on which night.

    The great thing about the cinema is that the locals also use it - it was great hearing the old greek ladies giggling when they realised a character was gay in Mama mia!

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    Visit the swimming pool

    by Tracyden Written Jan 16, 2011

    The town beach at molyvis is very small - only one row of sunbeds. Go to the town pool instead - there's lots of loungers for free and a bar/restaurant where you can get a mythos and some lunch and there is a toilet block. Lots of the locals come here at the weekend- great for people watching.

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    Theophilos Museum: Bakery & Battles

    by pikuu Updated Oct 29, 2007

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    Every country has its own painter of everyday life: Nikifor in Poland, Nedelchev in Bulgaria or Generalic in Croatia. In Greece the pictures of the harvests, the vineyards, the villages, the musicians and the saints are main matter of life and creativity of Theophilos Hatzimihail. He was born in Varia near Mitilni and except of Greek folklife he concentrated on his nation history illustriations.
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    Now in Varia (between Mitilini and airport) you can visit the museum with more than 50 Theophilos paintings. You can admire the scene of street bakery and also impressive pictures with marine battles on them. The World created by Theophilos is simple but wonderful. Many colors, uncomplicated perspectivec create documents of oridinary life. Life with its challanges, dreams, celebrations and everyday labour.

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    Vatera beach mixed feelings

    by pikuu Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    In most of opinions Vatera beach (south Lesvos coast) is considered one of the most beautiful places on this island. It' s really nice, wide and open beach, with good road connection, with tavernas, hotels and bars.
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    Unfortunately not everything here is fine. For me the most unpleasent was the amount of garbage on the ground but also on the sea bottom. Plastic bags, old tyre, bottles and cans are not so nice elements of holidays scenery.
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    I prefer beaches more hidden in the landscape, in bays, between the rocks. So add to mentioned before omnipresent rubbish I can't say Vatera is my paradise. It's OK but not very very good as many people described it.

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    Afternoon in Skala Eresou

    by pikuu Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    For coffee, for walk along the nice beach, for sitting in the bar and observing people, waves and volcanic mountains north of the town. Skala Eresou is very charming place just for undisturbed relaxation.
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    This is also a place well-known in Lesbian world. So you can meet here also the elements of modern liberated culture (in positive meaning). In Skala Eresou you can find chillout bars, clubs, workshops devoted for personal development (exotic dance, yoga, woman's literature). This is eclectic place where Zorba can dance together with Buddha - as you can see in the name of one of the Eresou clubs.

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    for the Sun and relaxing time to Eftalou beach

    by pikuu Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    The settlement of Eftalou - located on the north Lesvos cap - offers nice, long and clean pebbled beach. If you don't like lying on stones (who likes? :) take into consideration that pebbles (with regular shapes) can be a very good massage for your tired backbone.
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    Near the coastal rocks you can find some underwater life, so take with you the snorkel and the mask.
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    Eftalou beach is easilly accesible by local bus (from Petra and Molivos). The last bus stop is situated in front of the nice tavern where you can ask for seafood lunch or for dessert. Watermelon, Retsina and Baklava taste delicious after hours of swimming and sunbathing.

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    Playing with the time in Megalochori

    by pikuu Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    Serpentines, serpentines, serpentines... uphill and uphill. After 9 km climbing from Plomari you reach the village of Megalochori. Sea and valleys far below, fresh air and slow rhythm of life around.
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    Old man - drinking ouzo - is sitting in front of the tavern. Orthodox monk is waiting for someone on the nearest squere, two girls are chasing the dog and right later the dog is chasing two girls. Cat is not chasing anybody, it is sitting on the car roof and catching the warming sunbeams. Nice portrait of the holy man is controlling the gates to the Aghios Ioannis church........
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    Driving back to the Plomari (already in this town) you have to be prepared that in some moment the signposts will guide you to the street looking like an empty riverbed! It's incredible experience that you drive under the bridges in quite deep and narrow (as it is normal in Lesvos towns) channel. Do I meet the water waves right after the next turns? Don't worry this strange road will lead to the main and more modern road network :)

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    Sand and rainbow pebbles of Aghios Isidoros

    by pikuu Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    Aghios Isidoros is almost the outskirt of the town of Plomari (southern coast). It has very nice sandy beach with the piles of fantastic pebbles. They have all colours that you can imgine and the most regular and unsharp shapes I saw.
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    Although I didn't find any special underwater life during snorkeling, just observing these brilliant stones on the sea bottom can entertain you.
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    Aghios Isidoros beach is usually a bit crowded - not only because of nearest town of Plomari but also because of fast developemnt of hotels' offer right in this settlement. But stopping here for a couple of hours can be a good idea during exploration of Lesvos interior.

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    Aghios Stephanos - the colours of tranquillity

    by pikuu Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    This isn't a place from tourist must-see list. But it absolutely enchanted me with its tranquillity.
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    Going northward from Mytilini you should turn right just after the small settlement of Pedi. After next 4 km you will stop (there is road's end) in the bay where lovely red rocks touch the sea. There is a small bench under a lonely tree and superb view on Tomaronisia islands (Barbalias, Aspronisos, Tsoukalas). You can also visit the nearest pottery workshop and pebbled beach.
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    But the strongest point of this place is its almost therapeutic calm - only blu sea, picturesque red rocks, green tree - without souvenir shops and street noise. The next pearl in the Lesvos landscape.

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    Harbour between tavern tables in Skala Sykaminias

    by pikuu Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    It is fantastic in Skala Sykaminias (north coast of Lesvos) when sitting in the bar or restaurant near the sea you can almost touch the fishing boats. Drinking cafe or eating yummy seafood you can observe fishermen preparing to the next cruise and lovely cats waiting for their portions.
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    Skala Sykaminias has also beautiful small church on the coastal rock, several friendly cafes usually run by non-Greek owners. This is not a holiday resort, this is rather place with intelectual and artist mood. Calm, charming but European - without Greek provincial aroma, that can be found in other parts of Lesvos.

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    Salt, flamingos and frappe in Skala Polichnitou

    by pikuu Updated Oct 22, 2007

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    Skala Polichnitou saltworks are less known than these located near Skala Kalloni. North of this small town you can admire regular shapes of desalinated reservoirs (similair to Lanzarote salinas) and shallow channels with mineral red water.
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    Polichnitou lakes are also home to different bird species, particularily for long-legged, noble flamingos.
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    Skala Polichnitou situated on the eastern coast of Kalloni Bay is a typical small harbour town. Here in the Greek bar I finally found out what do three magical spells mean: glyko, metrio and sketo. These words are very useful in Greek life, especially when you like coffee and/or frappe. Simply glyko = sweet, metrio = medium sweet, sketo = no sweet. The lady, owner of Skala Polichnitou bar explained these meanings to me without using any English word. For sure she is a very good teacher (and coffee maker - her metrio frappe was excellent) but perhaps also I'm not a bad student :)

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    Go on Achilles Petra!

    by pikuu Updated Oct 22, 2007

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    Saturday afternoon... The crowd in the heart of Petra near something that looks like a sport playground (no grass, no stand). Oh..yes... It will be football match.
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    In blue/white, local team - proud Achilles Petra (the legend tells that during Trojan War Achilles anchored his ships on Lesvos just near Petra). In red visitors from Mytilini. Looking very professional trio of referees, white lines around field, the crowd of spectators commenting every kick... and not so high wire-fence behind the goals. If someone kicks the ball only a bit higher it can fly above the main road and finish its way into the sea? It would be funny - I thought.
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    The ball was obeying and didn't finish its history between the waves. The game was very serious, nobody moved his leg back and referee had to use his whistle very often . Slowly but clearly the supremacy of Mitilini was noticeable. Up to the end of the first part the visitors scored three goals and brave Achilles Petra nothing. What was the final result? I don't know. 45 minutes of watching was long enough break in my daily programme. I suppose it can be also a nice event for you. Even if football isn't your eternal love :)

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    The aromas of East in Limonos

    by pikuu Updated Oct 22, 2007

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    Monastery of Limonos (near Kalloni) is one of the most important religious places in Lesvos. Established in 16th century it's still the place of pilgrimages and church holidays. This is set of buildings much bigger than other monasteries in this island. You can find here very picturesque courtyard and rich collection of icons, religious clothes and decorations, church art and gifts presented by grateful believers.
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    For me, in Limonos you can feel the aroma of East, of Asia! Just near the historically important buildings and monuments you can find here strange - for people from Western world - disorder. The neighbours of old courtyard church are ruined instalations: rusty pipes, broken boards and many things abandoned here & there. Even wonderfull and very very big pearl presented to the Limonos church (find it in museum) by thankful pilgrim is located in the glass-case entirely covered by the layers of everlasting dust.
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    At the gates to Limonos you are welcomed by the very quiet donkey. It is absolutely "out" of tourist crowd, even "out" of the World. Across the Limonos courtyard are walking relaxed and colourful peacocks. Everything here underlines that here you don't have to pay you attention to normal, everyday life with its functional order. It's something much more important...

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