We leave the north of Lesvos and we head to the centre of the island, the area of Kalloni. One of the things that will amaze us today will be the change in the landscape as we drive through a small pine tree forest and the fertile plains that surround the bay of Kalloni. Later as we reach the west part, we drive through oak trees and finally we reach the “wild west” , the dry volcanic area of the Petrified Forest. Kalloni is situated in the centre of Lesvos and its name means “beauty”.
We make our first stop at the Limonos Monastery (entrance fee not included). This is the biggest monastery on the island today. It was built in 1526 by a priest called Ignatius on the spot where an old monastery of Archangel Michael pre-existed. In Limonos we can visit the museum to see old Byzantine icons and the third richest collection of manuscripts in Greece from the 9th century to the 19th century. There are more than 50 chapels, lovely garden and the old cells of the monks, which the guests can visit. In the main church and its surrounding yard, women should not enter according to an old tradition of the monastery.
We continue towards the west and we stop in the village of Vatoussa, a mountain village with a picturesque square for a coffee or a breakfast of fresh farm eggs omelette and traditional Greek pastries (not included in ticket price). Then we will head to the village of Sigri to the Geological Museum.The interior spaces within the museum, diffused with natural light from the glass roofs and windows, are organized around a central courtyard in which impressive fossilized trunks side by side with their present day counterparts wonderfully depict the flora of the Aegean 20 million years ago. (not included in price)
Last stop of the day is in Skala Eressos. Eressos is the birthplace of Sappho, a famous poetess of the 6th century BC. Skala Eressos is famous today for its long, sandy beach, the crystal-clear water and the taverns where you can enjoy your lunch (not included in ticket price). We return via Agra – Messotopos- Parakila – Kalloni to resorts.
The excursion may change due to weather conditions.