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Dipi - An Amazing Ecosystem in Gera Bay Perfect for Birdwatchers

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  2. Birdwatching and Nature in Dipi
  3. Nearby Attractions

General Information

The area of Dipi comprises the second largest wetland of Lesvos, its largest swamp, and a reed bed of singular proportions in the entirety of the island. Dipi has been included in the EU Natura 2000 network: many rare plants, birds, insects, amphibians - and the increasingly elusive otter - live in the wetland of Dipi, an ecosystem of enormous importance to the fauna and flora of eastern Lesvos.

Birdwatching and Nature in Dipi

High on the must-visit list of any avid birdwatcher, Dipi joins the regions of Kalloni and Vatera in their provision of shelter to many bird species rarely to be encountered in Europe. Kruper’s Nuthatch, Ruddy Shelducks, Black Storks, shrikes, flamingos, kingfishers, harriers, buzzards, eagles, goshawks, cormorants, falcons and kestrels are attracted to the area, which is teeming with wildlife, amazingly beautiful flora and a variety of rare reptiles.

Dipi is a fabulous habitat for a wealth of rare species. Its marshes, swamp, wetland and reed bed are a haven for botanists, birdwatchers and lovers of nature, who flock to the area to admire Dipi’s population of migratory birds and discover a variety of rare amphibians, reptiles and plants such as the stunning Lax-flowered Orchid (Orchis laxiflora). If you are one of them, arm yourself with your sunhat, camera and binoculars and do come to Dipi - the sight of so much (and such rare) fauna and flora will be worth getting one’s feet wet!

Nearby Attractions

The Bay of Gera is a shallow bay with a small mouth and numerous coastal lagoons, rivers, river estuaries and deltas, swamps, reedbeds and wetlands. The region of the Bay has been inhabited since early antiquity. Early Copper Age settlements and a large Myceanean village have been discovered in the coastal position of Khalatses, and it is thought that a large number of settlements became established in the west coastal areas of Gera in the course of the Byzantine era. A wealth of ancient ruins are still in presence on the sea bed between the areas of Dipi and Perama, pointing to the former existence of a large, once thriving ancient settlement.

Lampou Mili - Fill Up Your Flasks With Cool Running Water

  1. General Information
  2. Lampou Mili Attractions
  3. Lampou Mili Events
  4. Nearby Attractions
         4.1  The Bridges of Evergetoulas River
         4.2  The Roman Aqueduct in Lampou Mili
         4.3  Karini

General Information

The former municipality of Evergetoulas is one of the least known - and most attractive - on the island of Lesvos. Home to some 3.500 residents, it is located 16 kilometers away from Mytilene. Its villages of Asomatos, Ippios, Kato Tritos, Sykounda, Mychou, Keramia and Lampou Mili are scattered in a landscape of olive groves, modest farm holdings, fruit trees, running streams and roaming wildlife. The presence of water accounts for the fertility of the Evergetoulas valley and the greenness for which all seven Evergetoulas villages are so widely renowned.

By many, Asomatos is considered the prettiest village in the region of Evergetoulas, and Ippios the largest. The location of Agii Anargyri (you may also encounter the spelling ‘Agioi Anargyroi’) is broadly regarded as an area of unmatched natural beauty – cherry trees, leafy planes, rich foliage and a streaming brook provide a tranquil green setting for the homonymous chapel, which was built in 1881 and is visited by many Greek and foreign visitors to the Evergetoulas region.

Mylelia, the small settlement at a 3-kilometer distance from Ippios, has become known for its restored and fully-operational water mill and for the local workshop of regional products, which draws numerous visitors to the area.

West of the village Mychou, the trip to the chapel of Saint John involves trekking through a verdant area of planes and numerous running streams. The walk is easy to manage and is highly recommended to anyone wishing to discover the multifaceted beauty of Lesvos.

Lampou Mili is one of the smallest and least known villages in the Evergetoulas region. Home to a dwindling 194 residents (2001), the village site marks the beginning of the Lesvos pine forest.

The village is traversed by the Mytilene-Kalloni artery. Its panoramic views to the Gulf of Gera and the valleys of Evergetoulas, its numerous traditional cafes and multitude of trees mean that Lampou Mili is a cool, shady retreat for many visitors to the area, who stop by to admire the wonderful far-reaching views.

Lampou Mili Attractions

Visitors are greeted to Lampou Mili by a fountain where by-passers stop and fill up their flasks. In the past, public fountains would act as an integral part of life in the country - providing a meeting point for women who assembled to exchange gossip, collect their day’s supply of water and, wherever a separate washing area was available, do their week’s laundry, which was often accompanied by lively chatter, singing and laughter. A fountain was a meeting point for the local children too, who splashed merrily in the clear water during the hot summer months. The respected, well-maintained fountain was the starting point for a community’s hygiene and the center of village life. Today, the fountain at the entrance to Lampou Mili provides a multitude of visitors with cool running water, acting as a reminder of the omnipresence of water in the region of Evergetoulas, and of an idyllic past when fountains were still crucial to life in thousands of households.

The village name refers to the five old water mills once present in Lampou Mili. The stone-built water-channels that once led to the mills may still be seen in the village.

Lampou Mili is one of the villages where a number of archaeological treasures have been discovered - three Hellenistic kilns were recently uncovered during major excavation work on the Kalloni-Mytilene artery, in the Lampou Mili area.

The main village church was erected in 1922 by refugees from Asia Minor and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

A small grocery store where home-brewed wine and a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit are available is located right by the fountain.

Lampou Mili Events

Lampou Mili springs to life on April 25th, on the eve of the feast of Saint George.

Nearby Attractions

The Bridges of Evergetoulas River

Lampou Mili is linked to the route joining Mytilene to Agiasos, the religious capital of Lesvos. Halfway between the village and the Mytilene-Agiasos artery lies the first of the three bridges of the Evergetoulas river. The area is splendid year-round, whether you come here to enjoy the trickle of river water in the shade of the age-old plane trees or take in the amazing sight of the cyclamens growing wild in the vicinity in the months of autumn. Up the hill from the bridge, visitors may observe the Byzantine monument that has lent its name to the ‘Enthrono’ (meaning ‘enthroned’) hilltop location.

The Roman Aqueduct in Lampou Mili

Surrounded by pine trees, olive groves and the verdant Evergetoulas plain, Lampou Mili is worth the trip if only to admire the green scenery and pay a visit to the nearby Roman Aqueduct and tranquil springs of Karini. The trip from Lampou Mili to the Aqueduct and then Karini involves an easy 13-kilometer walk amidst a wonderfully green landscape. You will adore the serenity of the setting and become acquainted with a major historical sight in the center of the island of Lesvos.

The Roman Aqueduct is located just outside Lampou Mili, in the location Paspala in the valley of ‘Khlias I Vrisi’. It is a continuation of the Roman Aqueduct of Moria dating from the end of the 2nd century AD. A masterpiece of ancient architecture, the Roman Aqueduct originally began from Mount Olympos, continued on for 26 kilometers and led into the city of Mytilene. Today, the remaining structure has lost none of its imposing character. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the Roman Aqueduct of Lampou Mili remains one of the greatest historical sights to be encountered on Lesvos.


The nearby area of Karini is a perfect stop for visitors who wish to enjoy a cool retreat in the local café-cum-restaurant, feed the many ducklings and ducks, and buy from a variety of brightly-painted decorative gourds, dried herbs and souvenirs from the local stalls.

Keramia - Village Hidden in the Green Valley of Evergetoulas

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  2. Keramia Attractions
  3. Keramia Events
  4. Nearby Attractions

General Information

The village of Keramia is located in the midst of the green valley of Evergetoulas, a mere 17 kilometers away from the Lesvos capital, Mytilene.

The village dates from the Middle Ages and was once home to the Castle of Gieremia (the site is currently occupied by the village church). It was named after the roof-tile (‘keramidia’) outlets formerly present in the village, which sold roof-tiles from the factories of Dipi.

Many of its residents were refugees from Asia Minor. They are genuinely amicable and welcoming towards visitors who stop at the village bakery or roam around the village before continuing their trip towards Agiasos or Mytilene. Engaged mainly in agriculture and farming, a number of Keramia residents sell fresh vegetables and fruit on stalls by the roadside.

Keramia Attractions

There is a three-arch bridge (circa 13th century AD) at the entrance to the village, and a church dedicated to the Saints Charalambos and George. The church was built by the immigrants who settled in Keramia in 1922, the year of the population exchange between Turkey and Greece.

Keramia Events

Should you happen to be here on Saint George’s day (23/04), be prepared to enjoy an evening of celebration, horse racing and an equine pageant. The event attracts visitors from all around Lesvos and is recommended to lovers of traditional Greek music and dance and those with a penchant for horses.

Nearby Attractions

The green valley around Keramia invites visitors to explore it on foot and pick bunches of the wild herbs growing abundantly in the area.

Just 2 kilometers away from Keramia lays the village of Ippios. Ippios is renowned for its fertile valley and plentiful fig trees but, if you’re keen to taste a little of the best ice cream on Lesvos, do make the trip to the local confectioner’s!

Ippios - Traditional Small Cafes and Cobblestone Alleys

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  2. Ippios Attractions
  3. Ippios Events
  4. Ippios Delicacies
  5. Nearby Attractions

General Information

Like any of its neighborly villages, Ippios is part of a site of immense botanical and zoological interest. The surrounding landscape is home to a broad range of animals, insects and plants, and many a birdwatcher or botanist can be seen roaming the land on the lookout for rare bird and plant species. The village itself is highly traditional, with numerous small cafes, cobblestone alleys and a variety of beautiful buildings.

The valley of Evergetoulas is a haven of olive groves, planes, chestnuts and pines, cherry trees, ivy-clad elms, wild orchids and cyclamens lurking inside the foliage on the ever-fertile ‘kambos’. A seemingly infinite number of chapels, a variety of disused mills, bridges, oases of shade and vistas of breathtaking views characterize the seven villages that composed the Municipality of Evergetoulas before the government reform of 2011 and the administration of Lesvos as a single Municipal unit.

Asomatos, Mychou, Kato Tritos, Lambou Mili, Sykounda, Ippios and Keramia benefit from the natural splendor of the Evergetoulas landscape and the deep affection nurtured by locals for their area and turning their ever-dwindling villages into a treasure-trove of traditional sights, tastes and sounds that continue into the present. Whether you visit here to taste local recipes, chance upon a ‘panigiri’ (fête) of traditional music-and-dance or admire one of the many impressive religious, archaeological or cultural sites in the region, you are bound to feel enthralled at the verdant setting and the ever-presence of tradition and faith into every realm of life in the Evergetoulas region.

The largest village in the former Municipality of Evergeoulas, Ippios is home to some 818 residents and dates from the year 1567. A variety of fruit trees and vegetables are cultivated in the village, having preplaced the plantations of cereals, cotton, tobacco and fig trees that once made Ippios a famous exporter of figs.

The village name is attributed to the many horses (‘ippi’) once bred in the Ippios plain or, as another theory suggests, to the low elevation of the village (‘iptios’ translating as ‘lowland’).

The upper village district affords wonderful all-reaching views to the Ippios plain and is home to a variety of more recent buildings, constructed by the refugees from Asia Minor who came to live here in 1922. In the lower village quarter, a variety of traditional buildings give Ippios its old-fashioned appeal.

Ippios Attractions

The church of Saint Procopios is located in the heart of the village. Built in 1741, the church becomes a pole of attraction for locals on the eve of the feast of the village’s patron Saint.

Ippios Events

The two-day celebration of Saint Procopios commences on July 7th and continues into the early hours of the following day. Like any traditional ‘panygiri’ it is defined by deep religious sentiment and an evening of lively music and dancing.

In early February, Ippios becomes host to the celebration of the ‘zevgades’ (ploughmen), an occupation that was once prominent in the cultivation of land but no longer alive since the earth is currently prepared and planted using mechanical means.

Ippios Delicacies

Ippios is renowned for a variety of local dishes such as mushroom pie, ‘skafoudia’ (aubergines stuffed with minced meat), cuttlefish pilaf and snails in aromatic sauce.

Nearby Attractions

If you are keen to taste a variety of local products, do visit the location of Mylelia, a short distance away from Ippios. It is a beautiful spot where visitors can see a renovated water-mill and purchase a variety of traditional handmade products such as pasta, pickles, jams, ready meals and a variety of fruit preserves.

Asomatos - Village of Traditional Stone Built Houses and Museums

  1. General Information
  2. Asomatos Attractions
      2.1  The Church of the Great Archangels
      2.2  The Ecclesiastic Museum and Folklore Exhibition of Asomatos
  3. Asomatos Crafts
  4. Asomatos Events
  5. Nearby Attractions


General Information

Asomatos is a quiet village 22 kilometers west of Mytilene. Built on the foot of Mount Olympos, it boasts a green location, a long history and traditional architecture that has been preserved to this day.

The village was established in the Middle Ages, when, for fear of pirate invasion, the residents of Chorafelia moved southwards. A number of small settlements were formed, the larger of which was ‘Kastania’ (Sweet Chestnut Tree). As the population of Kastania grew and grew, the village of Asomatos became established.

By 1940, Asomatos had reached a population of 900, however the number began to decline following the Greek Civil War. Today, a wander in Asomatos is akin to a visit to a bygone era. The village has retained the entirety of its traditional character and visitors here can have a leisurely walk in the old cobblestone alleys and admire the many tiny chapels, old-fashioned cafes and beautiful stone-built houses of Asomatos. By many, Asomatos is the prettiest village in the region of Evergetoulas.

Asomatos Attractions

The Church of the Great Archangels

Asomatos (meaning ‘disembodied’ or ‘incorporeal’) drew its name from the church of the Great Archangels Michael and Gabriel - Saint Michael is patently referred to as a disembodied spirit in the Orthodox Christian faith. The three-tiered basilica dates back to 1796 and takes pride of place in the village. The impressive, well-maintained church is surrounded by a variety of flowering plants and a retreat in the cobblestone churchyard will afford you a few moments of relaxation amidst the flowers growing abundantly in the gardens of Asomatos church.

The Ecclesiastic Museum and Folklore Exhibition of Asomatos

An Ecclesiastic Museum and Folklore Exhibition are housed within the churchyard and include a variety of religious items such as age-old books, manuscripts, coins, religious icons and liturgical vestments, together with various samples of traditional Asomatos crafts. The accumulation of historical pieces relating to the religious tradition and cultural life of Asomatos is of crucial importance - the population of Asomatos has been in decline and, to many, the preservation of its religious and creative history is tantamount to keeping the village alive. A visit here is highly recommended, whether you wish to admire the array of ecclesiastical exhibits or gain a sense of the history of Asomatos. To gain access to the collection, contact Father Christos on telephone number 22520-22504.

As the population of Asomatos has been in decline, efforts have been made to draw attention to the village and breathe new life into Asomatos. A Centre of Environmental Training run by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and a Boy and Girl Scouts Environmental Training Centre are present in the area, and organize school visits to Asomatos and its Ecclesiastical and Folklore Exhibitions.

Asomatos Crafts

A number of traditional crafts are being kept alive by the remaining residents of Asomatos. Basket weaving is an art traditionally passed down from father to son, yet many Asomatos women engage in the weaving of baskets and beautiful textiles. If you are interested in acquiring one or more wonderful examples of these age-old crafts, the Agrotourist Cooperative of the Women of Asomatos (est. 1999) sells a multitude of local products such as fruit preserves, aromatic herbs, woven textiles and baskets in all sizes and shapes. A number of traditional dishes are prepared in the Cooperative, where you may - if you are eager to taste a traditional delicacy - purchase and consume a number of snails dishes.

Asomatos Events

Should you happen to be in the area on the day of the Taxiarches, you will be able to join the ‘panygiris’ (celebration) of the village’s main church and participate in the Snail Festival (‘Giorti Saligariou’) taking place on 8th November each year. Snails are a local delicacy and many varieties of snail are present in the area. A dish of ‘Saligaria Stifado’ (snails cooked in a red, highly aromatic sauce) will give you a flavor of the culinary delights of Asomatos.

Nearby Attractions

Agii Anargyri (you might also encounter the spelling ‘Agioi Anargyroi’) is a stunningly verdant location that invites visitors to take a break in one of its numerous small cafes and ravish the coolness and shade afforded the area by its multitude of plane trees and running streams.

Sykounda - Traditional Stone-Built Houses, Cafe and Narrow Alleys

Together with Vouvaris and Sedoundas, Evergetoulas is one of the greatest rivers on Lesvos. The river courses through the homonymous valley and lent its name to the former Municipality of Evergetoulas, the cluster, that is, of the villages of Sykounda, Kato Tritos, Lampou Mili, Asomatos, Ippios, Mychou and Keramia.

The valley of Evergetoulas is an area of supreme natural beauty. Seething with plane and walnut trees, olive groves and pines, the valley is home to a number of settlements that, whether largeor small, lively or barely inhabited, benefit from the verdant landscape and their residents’ deep affection for tradition and their beautiful homeland.

The area presents significant interest to botanists, birdwatchers and lovers of the architecture, crafts, recipes and customs and traditions of central Lesvos. The ‘kambos’ (plain) is a verdant environment roamed freely by birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and where one may still chance upon an otter, the animal becoming less and less frequently spotted on Lesvos. Wetlands, bridges, abandoned watermills and a multitude of tiny chapels lurk within the area, which is part of the Natura 2000 project.


Sykounda was once the seat of the Municipality of Evergetoulas (the government reform of 2011 meant that Lesvos is currently a municipal unit) and, until 1783, was the second most-populated ‘chora’ (large town) of Lesvos, second only to the island capital of Mytilene. The village is located at a 15.5 kilometer distance from the latter town.

The village is surrounded by olive groves but was once renowned for the cultivation of fig trees, which lent it its former name of ‘Sykous’ (from the Greek ‘Sykia’, ‘fig tree’).

A number of abandoned or derelict industrial buildings and warehouses are present in Sykounda and bespeak its former significance as a hive of commercial activity. The village itself is highly traditional, with old stone-built houses, narrow alleys and a few charming ‘cafenia’ where visitors can seek retreat from the sun and chat to the welcoming locals.

The village church is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary and was constructed in 1870.


The astonishingly beautiful delta and marshlands of the Evergetoulas River are present in the area. Before you set off on an exploration of the delta and marshes, do enjoy a stroll in the village and perhaps have a taste of Sekounda’s traditional ‘patatokeftedes’ (potato fritters). Spiced with cumin and red spice, they are a traditional appetizer that goes exceedingly well with a glass of cool beer!


Pigi & Komi - Caves, Hills and the July Taurus Festival

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  2. Pigi Attractions
  3. Pigi Events
  4. Outdoor Activities in Pigi

General Information

Pigi is a remote village set at a 20-kilometer distance from Mytilene. Built on a steep rock in the year 1780, it was named after the fountain (‘Pigi in Greek) of holy water in the chapel of Panagia I Galatousa (the Lactating Virgin).

Pigi Attractions

Pigi’s main attractions are the three caves where Saints Thymianos, John and Philippos lived as hermits. The most significant of these is the cave of Saint Thymianos. The homonymous chapel was erected inside the cave and becomes inundated with pilgrims in January each year, when believers ascend to Pigi and pay their respects to the Saint.
The churches of Agia Paraskevi and Zoodochos Pigi (Life-giving Spring) are set on the main village square. Two-and-a-half kilometers from the village, in the location of Tavros, lies the chapel of Saint Charalambos: a site of religious worship which lies at the center of the three-day celebrations of the Saint.

Pigi Events

Pigi lies in close proximity to the small village of Komi and the two settlements are famed for their joint annual hosting of a major Lesvian religious festival. The ancient custom of animal sacrifice has been preserved in numerous areas of Lesvos, in the slaughter of a sacrificial bull on the feast of Saint Charalambos. The event is celebrated in Pigi and Komi over a three-day period, from July 11th to July 13th each year. Should you find yourself in eastern Lesvos between these dates, do come to Pigi and Komi and have an experience of one of the longest-standing celebratory practices on Lesvos.

In the evening of July 11th, the sacrificial animal is adorned with flowers and paraded around Pigi until the procession has arrived at the main village square. The bull’s arrival marks the commencement of celebrations and traditional music and dance permeate the village. The following day (July 12th) a procession of ornamented horses and an equine pageant unravel in Pigi, following which pilgrims, riders and horses march to the hill of Tavros and the Saint Charalambos priest gives them his blessing.

The bull becomes sacrificed at midnight of the same day, his flesh cut into pieces and boiled all through the night. The resultant meal is the traditional ‘kiskets’ of Lesvos: a mixture of wheat, lamb’s meat and beef cooked slowly and then stirred until the meat has become separated into fibers. The priest blesses the kiskets in the morning of July 13th, and each pilgrim is handed their share. July 13th is the final day of the celebrations, when horse racing takes place in the village and the participants to the festival gather in the village square and celebrate until dawn.

Outdoor Activities in Pigi

Pigi holds significant interest for botanists. Of the different varieties of olive tree to be discovered on Lesvos, all are present in Pigi. The village is surrounded by trees of the Kolovi, the Adramitiani and the Ladolia cultivars of Olea europaea, all three of which render small fruit and produce a fragrant, high-quality olive oil. Lovers of orchids will be able to admire the rare Ophrys minutula, the rare small-leaved orchid which grows in the area.

A cobblestone footpath joins Pigi to the Thermi location of Paliochori. The two-kilometer walk involves coursing through dense vegetation and crossing a running stream and is ideal for anyone with a fondness for the nature of eastern Lesvos. Alternatively, set off from Komi and proceed to the hill of Tavros with its altitude of 320 meters. The ascent means progressing through woodland, yet the landscape occasionally becomes barren, allowing for some outstanding far-reaching views.

Mistegna - Village Near Thermi, Mandamados & Some Good Beaches

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  2. Mistegna Attractions
  3. Mistegna Events
  4. Nearby Attractions

General Information

Mistegna is located 13.8 kilometers north of Mytilene. Set in proximity to the Monasteries of Saint Rafael (Thermi) and Taxiarches (Mandamados), the village might benefit from the occassional visit by tourists on their way back from the religious sites of Mandamados and Thermi, however, the sleepy location has so far escaped tourist development and wholly preserves its traditional character.

Mistegna Attractions

Mistegna is set in a landscape of olive groves 100 meters above sea level. Visitors here can enjoy the far-reaching views to the East, seek a sample of the red stone of Mistegna (which has been used to build or adorn the majority of stone-built houses on Lesvos) and discover the main attractions to the village: the church of the Assumption of the Virgin (1836) and the restored olive press with its characteristic tall chimney.

Mistegna Events

The chapel of Agii Akindini is set in the countryside just outside the village. An old, abandoned building surrounded by ancient monastic cells, the chapel is brought to life on the fourth Sunday after Easter each year, on the feast of its homonymous Saints. Agii Akindini are especially revered in the area, their feast an occasion for the revival of the ancient rite of animal sacrifice but in a more subdued manner than in other parts of Lesvos. Similar to the traditional celebratory practices of Agia Paraskevi and Pigi, Mistegna, too, has preserved the traditional rite of the sacrificial slaughter of a bull to celebrate a religious festival.

The bull is carefully adorned with wreaths of fresh, scented roses and paraded around the village to the sound of traditional music - a violinist, an accordionist and a drummer typically lead the procession together with a group of young men on horseback. As the procession makes its way through the village, the women of Mistegna pour their donations of olive oil (to be used in the cooking of the bull’s meat) in a large vat carried by a quartet of men. As the bull and pilgrims progress through Mistegna, donations of money are collected in order to purchase next year’s sacrificial animal. Whoever makes the highest donation will have the privilege of slaying the bull (though, in more recent years, the task of slaughtering the animal has begun being assumed by a professional).

If you are keen to discover more about one the island’s best-known traditional festival practices, do come to Mistegna on Agii Akindini Day - you will the chance to observe one of the age-old customs surrounding village life since the time of ancient idololatry and indulge in a little ‘kiskets’ (a meal of the bull’s flesh, herbs, spices and wheat) and one or more glasses of ouzo under the lilacs and crab apple trees in Mistegna square.

Nearby Attractions

Skala Mistegnon is the village harbor. With its beautiful beach and views to the East, it is a popular location ideal for swimming and a long meal by the shore of the sea. The beaches of Skala Neon Kidonion, Agios Georgios and Petalidi are also worth visiting.

Pyrgi Thermis


The first settlement you will meet as soon as you enter this municipality, only 11 km north of Mytilene, is Pyrgi Thermis. Main characteristic of the area are the impressive, of special architecture towers. They were used as fortified country houses, the center of rural properties, where the wealthy inhabitants of Mytilene spent their vacations.

Next on the map is Thermi’s beach, a very popular destination for tourists. There is a picturesque cove with smacks in every color and paved quays, where you can find many traditional small cafes and taverns.

Above the beach and the town, up the Karies hill, the Saint Raphael’s monastery is located. It attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Inside the two-stored Church with the impressive iconography, the relics of St Raphael, St Nickolaos and St Irene are kept. It is believed that they were found in miraculous way.

An also famous sightseeing is “Sarlitza Palace”, built in the end of the 10th century. It had been for many decades the most popular hotel of the whole island and even though it is now abandoned, it keeps granting Thermi with something of the lost Roman luxury.



At the Early and Middle Bronze Age, the organized settlement of Thermi, had been one of the so called “Trojan Culture” ‘s center. Both the amount and quality of findings in the area, enlighten the significance of this settlement.

It is named after the hot springs (in greek their name is “Thermes”) that the Romans built in order to take advantage of the treating properties of hot springs. To the beach you can find those bath constructions still standing. Their water’s temperature reaches 46.9 Celsius degrees.

Walking around the center of the town your attention will be caught by the marble reliefs on the walls of the traditional houses, the ancient columns at their doors, the broken vessels that you may find by the sea and the monasteries and churches that grant the area with a timeless sanctity.

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