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Lesvos

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    Posted: 17 Nov 2012 at 4:17pm
Hi,
We are going to Anaxos in Lesvos, has anyone got any information about Lesvos that they would like to share with me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 2012 at 6:33pm
 
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 2012 at 7:41pm
I love Lesvos!!  There is so much to see if you hunt it out

But be aware it is a large island and as all the roads go into the middle and out again it is very difficult to see everything and go everywhere in one holiday so get yourself a really good guide book and plan what you want to see

Anaxos is a fairly standard but low key holiday resort with a good beach, adequate supermarkets and some excellent tavernas

However, it is within a short bus/car ride of Petra, a real working town with a heart, and the wonderful Women's Co-operative restaurant in the Town square above the coffee house, it has little balconies to help you identify it.

And  a tad further on the wonderful medaeval town of Molivos with its tumble of narrow streets going up to the castle on the top. The castle has open air theatre performances and there are wonderful harbourside tavernas as well as places half way up the hill with panoramic views over the bay

Keeping to that corner of Lesbos there are the facinating  working Turkish Mineral baths at Loutra Eftaous, a hot bath and a cold plunge in the sea. loads of locals use it daily


Inland in the area you will find amazing countryside, horses and donkeys, still working and a beautiful viaduct

Back towards the middle of the island and Kalloni there are huge salt flats which provide and opportunity to see an amazing array of birds, Lesbos is famous for the sheer number and variety of birds that live and visit there

Off to the East you will find Sigri. A small village with a good beach. a few tavernas, a port and above it the petrified forest. Unlike the rest of the island this part of the island is a very bare rock

Out again from the middle at Kalloni you can head for Skala Erressos with its rivers running down to the beach and associated wildlife and tortoises wandering the streets!! Skala Erressos has one the of the longest sandiest beaches I have seen

In the South Plomari is a very Greek working seaside town with a proper Greek Square which is great for coffee and people watching

Mitilini, the capital is bustling  and worth a visit with plenty to explore

In between this lot you will find loads of baths and ruins, huge forests and round every corner there is something new

The people are very friendly and inland the men still sometimes wear their traditional head-dress

Of course there is the Sappho  connection, hence  where we have taken the name Lesbian from, this is more evident in Skala Erresos than anywhere else on the island but in no way invasive

The countryside inland is truly beautiful

Swimming is generally very good all over the island and if you walk a short distance  north from Anaxos you will come to some small coves which are excellent for snorkeling

Do your own research, Lesbos is an island which deserves exploring, ieven if you restrict yourself to one area and a car would be a good idea for at least a few days

Oh by the way, the taverna on the beach at Anaxos to the far right with the sea in front of you, raise and slaughter some of their own animals so  the quality is excellent

I could go on and on but | won't!!

I am sure you will have a wonderful time!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 2012 at 8:12pm
Thankyou Susie for the great information, sounds like its my kind of place.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Nov 2012 at 2:08am
Hi Melc1, as SusieH says Lesvos is a real gem. We had looked at it several times and decided on other places in the past. When we finally took the plunge our holiday was cancelled at the last minute due to the XL collapse. We eventually got there in 2011, went back this year and have booked to return next September. Anaxos doesnt have too much of interest in all honesty but does have a fine beach. We stayed just up the road from you in Petra which has a very nice friendly village feel and several great tavernas. The beauty of Lesvos is the variation in the landscape from one part to the other, the west of the island is rugged and dry and offers the much vaunted petrified forest, which in all honesty is a bit dull unless you are really into that sort of thing, however the new pertified forest museum in Sigri is well worth a visit superbly presented and brings the exhibits to life.  
I wont go over all the great places Susie has suggested or I too would be in danger of being on here all week!! However a few other places I would recomend are the fishing village of Skala Sykaminias, the monastery of Leimonos near Kalloni, and the old village of Agiasos, which can be combined with a visit to Plomari essential if you love ouzo, and the mountain drive there is lovely.
The bus service is there but not great and if you want to see the island a car is essential.
 
The tour company trips are not the greatest would advise giving the wild west tour a miss and going by car. However one that we did go on and really enjoyed was the guided walk in the mountains above Petra and Molyvos to the Greek Kitchen. The Dutch guide Ssigrid, who speaks great English takes you from Stipsi over the mountain track to Vaifos explaining the landscape, flora and fauna, and culminating in a lesson in Greek cookery and a meze at the Vaifos taverna.
 
We also did a jeep safari which took you along mountain roads past a deserted village, medaeval bridges, roman aquaducts, waterfalls, byzantine ruins, and to the top of mount olympos...absolutelly breathtaking. Most of the places you would not normally see on the normal roads.
 
In Petra there is a lovely church on a rock, and an ouzo distillery (pattern developing here), best of all is being able to see village life as it happens and has happened for decades. sheep and goats being driven through streets, men still using donkeys for transport we were lucky enough to be there on a saints day and villagers were out dancing in the streets, boys jumping through bonfires.
 
Loads of very good tavernas in the area, saddo that I am I actually kept a food diary for the whole fortnight.
As you can probably tell we are smitten with the place. Feel free to p.m. me if you would like info on the jeep trip or tavernas.
Great choice Melc1 I hope you enjoy it.   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Nov 2012 at 8:49pm
Thankyou for all your great messages.
Can't wait for September.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Nov 2012 at 10:45pm
Enjoyed reading this thread...Lesvos will be one to look at for 2014
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Nov 2012 at 1:07am
One point which must be made, the maps all show a road from Sigri to Scala Eressos. There is a road but we did it in an ordinary little mini car and it was hair raising, unmade, full of pot holes and up and down and round about. LOL We made it but I was terrified we would not. If you want to do that road then definitely get a 4 x 4 LOL

The drive is wonderful mind, if slow, the scenery is something else


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Nov 2012 at 8:07pm
Last year we went the other way from Kalloni through the mountains along the gulf then up to the main road at Andisa. That was quite hairy enough especially in the thunderstorm. Had to drive through a huge torrent on the mountain road. Wife was not happy, pretty certain the hire company would not have been either!! As you say brilliant drive though! Fortunatelly we had a driver for the 4x4 tour this year there had just been some major downpours which had swept most of the roads away just leaving rocks and deep ruts. she did brilliantly, but would advise anyone with major back problems to give it a miss. Cant wait to do it again.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2013 at 10:45pm
Booked again for the last two weeks in September, yay!! Back at the Niki Michael in Petra. Madly we have already planned to take the whole family there next year. Will be our 4th year on the trot... we rarely go back anywhere... must be getting old!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2013 at 12:55am
Anyone else going to Lesvos in September?
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