Well worth the long trek here. A pretty fishing village that not too many packages reach. I know Direct Greece have accommodation here.(2009 update, none of the major English packages travel here now.)
Sigri is one of those places at the end of the line, indeed a long line.
There is a Turkish Castle, the isle of Nissiopi and a pleasant sandy beach. If you proceed northwards from Sigri, there are some fantastic beaches, one of them had a dead tank on it in 1989. There were no facilities on these in those days.
Sigri is famous for it's 20 million year old petrified forest, the only one in Europe and larger than Arizona's, at 37,000 acres. It extends to Eressos.The pine, beech and sequoias were fossilised after being buried in volcanic ash. Most of the trees are still covered and not visible.
There is a Natural History Museum where info can be found on the forest.
There are rooms to rent and a reasonable choice of eateries.
When we were here, we were the only people on the beach and almost seemed like the only visitors to Sigri!!
A definite return visit possibility.
2009 update. As promised, we returned. Still a very sleepy little place but more places to stay, including a hotel. All of the new buildings were on the ouskirts, leaving the village untouched. So untouched most of the tavernas were closed and only appeared to open in the evening.
We parked on the harbour front, where there are public toilets with water available.We visited the castle which was not overly exciting and later went for a drink at the Australia Taverna. Sat down and when asked if we just wanted a drink, were directed next door. Never had that happen before. Odd.
Attempted to go to Fanoromeni beach and when we were nearly there, the road was closed for re-surfacing or something. I guess there may have been another way but we didn't know of it. We had also tried the rough road out of Sigri south, to some isolated beaches. Along here are many parts of fossilised trees and marked walking trails through the Petrified Forset Park. Once again, the roughness of the road folied us, so this corner of the island remains to us undiscovered.Related to:
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Skala Eressou is the biggest? resort on the west. 94 kms. from Mytilini it's quite a slog but well worth it. It's lovely beach is nearly 3 kms. in length. It was pretty deserted when we were there.
Popular with all nationalities. Lesvos attracts lesbians but in particular, Sala Eressou seems to be a pilgrimage for them. The village is built over Ancient Eressos, where the reputedly lesbian poet Sappho was born.
Most of the beachside restaurants are built on stilts above the beach. The promenade is pedestrianised with more eating places edging on to the beach.
There is a P.O. and a ATM. as well as travel agencies.
4 kms. inland is the working town of Eressos.
Re-visited in May 2009. Still nice but much more up-market and cosmopolitan. Seemed to be more places to eat and certainly to stay. The beach had quite a few people on, as well. To be honest, we didn't recognise parts and we couldn't find Maria's rooms where we had stayed in 1989.Related to:
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A pleasant enough little resort in 1989. Very much the Brits v Dutch, in those days.
A square with the kafeneon and a few eating places. A long beach with very shallow water as it's the Gulf of Kalloni. Many crabs and seawater creatures in the shallows.I found some beautiful shells whilst walking along the beach. The further west you went on the beach, the wilder the shore became. Along here were wetlands, popular with the ornothologists.
In those days, Kalloni was renowned for it's sardines.
Accommodation hard to find - mostly block-booked.
About an hour and a half from airport.
Re-visited in May 2009 and the coast was far more developed and the town had more shops and restaurants. It was still pretty sleepy in May but I know it attracts the Brits in hoardes in high season. We stopped in the sleepy square and had a beer, which on the menu board was priced at €2 but we were charged €2.5. We let it go as this seemed to be the standard price in most places on the island. Interestingly, the cafeneon we used to drink at in 1989 was not open, nor did it look as though it would.Related to:
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Ιt was created 16-21 millions of years ago when volcano activity was quite frequent in the island.Lava had covered quickly boles, boughs and leaves helping in that way the physical conservation of the materials .Today the corrosion of the volcanic rocks had created breath taking boles that are 20m long and their diameter approaches 3m
the tree of Theofilos
Leaving Mytilene and on the road to Agiassos there is a place called Karini where there is a huge platanos tree and it is said that inside the tree the painter Theofilos spent some time of his life.In the pics here you can see that in the coffee place next to the platanos there are still some paintings of Theofilos on the walls - unfortunately they are not well conserved.
Agios Taxiarchis church
It is said that the picture of St.Taxiarchis was made from dust and blood.
Inside the new small church that it is situated just a few meters away of the monastery you can see through the agiographies on the walls the whole history of the monastery ( you can see some pics here )
the Theofilos museum
The museum is situated in Varia, a place just outside of Mytilene.The museum houses a great part of the job of the painter.Theofilos Chatzimichail was born and raised in Varia, after some years he went to Smirni and then to Pilion where he spent 30 years of his life.He returned to Lesvos to complete his work.He used to draw just in return for a meal.In the museum there are 86 paintings and their subject is about nature, history, muthology and folklore.
Castle of Mytilene
The castle of Mytilene - capital of the island - stands on the north part of the city.It is one of the largest castles in the mediterranean and it is said that it was built during the Byzantine empire but it took its final form grom Francisco Gatelouzo when he had the power. That period the castle was one of the most powerful castles.Related to:
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Agiasos, traditional village.
This is a beautiful village located on mount Olympus of Lesvos!
Its market with the displays of ouzo and salted fish and honey and olive oil (the trademarks of the island) give a unique colour and the magnificent church in the center of the market is a must see of architecture.
Agios Raphail church
This monastery houses the relics of St.Raphail, St.Nicolas and St.Irene.
Inside the monastery there is still the earthenware jar where little Irene was burned alive
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