It is 20 km from the capital Mytilene away. Its inhabitants are mainly in olive cultivation, fishing and the growing tourism in recent years. The beautiful village squares, with the trees, the spacious coffee shops, the tourist Perama, the beaches of Eyreiaki, the great hall with the library Kountoura in Skopelos, its picturesque churches and traditional buildings – homes and factories – who have made it known all over the world, invite the visitor. It is renowned for the production of ouzo from about 1800.
The old castles Paliokastro, Kastelli of Pappados and the Castle in Meti are attractions in the area. But worth to admire are the roof paintings (1909) in the Mansion of Brana, hosting the current City Hall and other buildings of Gera. The beautiful village squares, with the trees, the spacious coffee shops, the tourist Perama, the beaches of Eyreiaki, the great hall with the library Kountoura in Skopelos, its picturesque churches and traditional buildings – homes and factories – who have made it known all over the world, invite the visitor. It is renowned for the production of ouzo from about 1800. Today, two small industries of ouzo production are operating. Also, in the area they make traditionally manufactured sweets, especially syrupy like the “baklava”.
It is worth visiting the Olive Press – Museum “Archipleagos”, which is an architectural monument of the industrial value of Papados. It worked continuously until the early ’70s, and closed and handed over to the ravages of time, until in 1999 the property passed to the Company Archipelago, which made the ambitious project of restoration and converting it into a museum.
A few kilometers from Gera at the municipality of Evergetoula there is a wetland, which hosts a large number of plants, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects. Some species are characterized by their scarcity.
Perama presents more options for nightlife, with its picturesque traditional cuisine restaurants and bars full of youth. A path begins from here towards the mouth of the bay. There are very beautiful fishermen villages: Marmaro, Pirgoi, Avlonas and Ftelia, with picturesque taverns that serve delicious seafood and other delicacies, while you can enjoy swimming in the regions Eyreiaki, Yaros, Tarti, Amparia, fishing outside the Gulf and surfing in the Gulf of Gera. The area Karyona is ideal for hiking, overlooking the Gulf of Gera. And the rural road that leads to the “Sorokos”, a beautiful wooded area with spectacular views.
Choose a beach in Evriaki and Tarti for swimming.
Demographic and historical data
The Municipality of Gera has 6,985 inhabitants and 86,350 acres of land. Location of the municipality is Papados and it includes 6 municipal districts: Pappados, Mesagros, Paleokipos, Plakados, Skopelos.
The six villages are developed in harmony and during the Turkish occupation the beautiful wooden-roofed basilica churches with masterfully temples such as the St. Ermolaos, St. George, St. Magdalene with the hostels and the Burrows (late 19th century) and Zoodochos Pigi with the marble of 1796 on the temple, were built there. The Turks had been living mainly in Skopelos.
The mills (with the oldest Fidele in 1863) replace the animal moved mills. Perama, the port of Gera, acquires unique industrial buildings such as soap factories and mills and it is serving the entire region as a port. Basic building complex of the area is the tannery and next the scenic view windmill built before 1830. After 1922, refugees have formed in this port the sixth villages of Gera, Perama. The folk painter Theophilos walked around the villages. His works were left only in the old bakery of Mesagros (built in 1922) since all the other were removed.