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Part
Km
Time
1
Vatera - Kato Stavros
4
45'
2
Stavros - Ampeliko
7
1h 30'
3
Ampeliko - Megali Limni
10
4
Megali Limni - Ai Dimitris
30'
5
Ai Dimitris - Agiassos
1h 15'
6
Agiassos - Sabatorio
1h
7
Sanatorio - Megalochori
12
2h 30'
8
Plomari - Messouna
8
2h
9
Messouna - Karionas
3
45'
Karionas - Skopelos
45'
Walking in Lesvos Island
Read of a place, and you'll get to know it. Walk in a place, and you'll get to love it.

"Under the sun of the four seasons Lesvos, with its variety of landscapes and its mild climate, welcomes the visitor offering him numerous opportunities for enjoyment relaxation, adventure.."


Lesvos island popular not only with beautiful beaches, good weather and hot sun. In Lesvos you can find a few very interesting walking itineraries. During walking you can enjoy beautiful nature around, open interesting sides of island, just relax and thing some positive thoughts.
PETRA - LAPSARNA
This route is an adventure by the seaside at the northern coast of west Lesvos. We start from Petra(1), the coastal village and summer resort, crowned by the rock of Panagia (Holy Mother). Further on, we meet Anaxos (2), a tourist beach. From its west end after the hill, we take the old trail - formed by mule drivers - "hanging" over the deep blue water and the dark rocks and adorned with amarant (Helichryssum italicum), overlooking the "rock of the seal" and a chapelet by the water. Selles, the middle peak of the mountain, is characterised by the ruins of an archaic castle.

The bay that we meet next adorned with olive trees, oak trees and ruined old churches, is Mikri Tsichranta (3). We go round the rocky cape closing the gulf from the west, we meet at its root Agios Panteleimon, and we enter Megali Tsichranta (4). The river descending from Filia forms a uniquely beautiful bay, ornamented with little houses, poplar and olive trees and numerous ruins of ancient times. At its west end, witness of a long gone era, stand the oak warehouses.

Continuing our course above the lovely coast, the hills covered with oak trees (Quercus Mecrolepis) and several little gulfs embellished with dark coloured volcanic rock, we arrive at Kalos Limenas (5), a mountainous peninsula, the port of Skalochori. Here, oak warehouses have been turned into homes and cafes, "Bits" of history are scattered among barren hills.

More to the west our way takes us to the peninsula crowned by the Medieval castle ("ovriokastro", castle of the Hebrew). It is here that stood ancient Antissa (6), one of the Six Cities of Lesvos. Her ruins are not but very few. Behind this cape at Kampos, Voulgaris river ends.

The next bay is called Kampos tou Gavatha (7). A rocky mountain now separates us from the little harbour and the village: houses, little restaurants, a smooth swimming beach and a small island in the open of the gulf. An history of the place goes far back in time and is outlined by the many churches of the area.

Liota is a village spreading its house, its many fountains, its historic plane tree and the monument of St. Mary along the slopes of several hills. Further to the west we meet ORFIKIA and finally the Gulf of Lapsarna (8) ending at the stone cape with the church of Panagia of Pohni. From here the road takes us back to Antissa.
Part
Km
Time
1
Petra - Anaxos
30'
2
Anaxos - m. Tsichranda
45'
3
m. Tsichranda - M. Tsichranda
30'
4
M. Tsichranda - K. Limenas
2 h 30'
5
K. Limenas - Anc. Antissa
3
6
Anc. Antissa - Gavathas
3
7
Gavathas - Liota
30'
8
Liota - Lapsarna
1 h
Lesvos island is ideal for trekking thanks to the wealth of its nature and culture. The itineraries described in this leaflet are drawn and landmarked in order to allow visitors of the island to get to know the singularities of each area. There are several points of entering or leaving each trail, so that visitors may adapt their excursion to the time available or to their interest and wishes. A plan of the area is useful. Those who lack relevant experience are advised to plan their trek well in advance and attempt it with more experienced company.

There is no water shortage; springs, fountains and cafes are to be found everywhere, though it is advisable to carry with you a bottle of water.

Some fruit and a sandwich, on the other hand, could appease a sudden hunger stroke, until the next restaurant or cafe in a nearby town, village or summer resort.

In the summer, a hat is indispensable. No other equipment is needed, at least for the four suggested itineraries, A pair of light sneakers will serve your walk fine, but do not forget to take your bathing suit with you, regardless of which you are about to follow.


WARNING. Itinerary Sigri-Eresos: Breaking, carrying away or collecting fossils or petrified wood is punishable by the Greek Law.
KAPI - SYKAMIA
Part
Km
Time
1
Kapi - Pelopi
2h
2
Pelopi - Ypsilometopo
6
1h 15'
3
Ypsilometopo - Stypsi
3
30'
4
Stypsi - Vafios
1h 15'
5
Vafios - Argenos
5
1h 15'
6
Argenos - Chalikas
1h
7
Chalikas - Lepetymnos
1h
8
Lepetymnos - Sykamia
1h 15'
All small villages on this itinerary has their own style and sights. Kapi (1) is a start place of walking. Then first on our way is Pelopi town (2) with picturesque views from where road leads up to the peaks of Mt, Lepetymno (Vigla, Profet Elias). Ypsilometopo (3) full of plum trees is near Taxiarhis monument. Next Stypsi (4) has two churches and St. George' s rock. From Vafios(5) start way near the sea and the Baba - cape of Asia Minor - the "White End" of Ancient Creeks. We passing Argenos (6), Lepetymnos (7) and finish in Sykamia (8). This way will be beautiful and full of old architecture remnants.
SIGRI - ERESOS
This crosses the barren landscape between Sigri (1) and Eressos. We take the road southwards overlooking beautiful bays with lovely sandy beaches on the way. Beside us, naked mountains stretch their slopes covered with impressive colourful remmants of petrified trees. In the middle of our course we meet the large valley of Tsihliondas River (2). The waters of this river come from numerous streams that run through petrified woodland. They valley has been inhabited since antiquity and the signs of ancient life can be traced in the stone ruins of all the neighboring slopes, From the river we turn toward the crest of the mountain to the east, until we arrive at the beautiful town of Eressos (3) with is lovely beach.
Part
Km
Time
1
Sigri - Tsihlionda
7
1 h 30'
2
Tsihlionda - Eressos
9
1 h 49'
VATERA - GERA


Our first route in the beautiful Lesbian landscape takes us to one of the island's mountainous woodlands.

The whole area is dominated by branches of the rocky mountain Olympus, where3 running water has with time cut valleys, ravines and gullies all covered with rich and wild vegetation.

The 9 km long beach of Vatera (1) provides a populous summer resort and makes the home of the fragrant sea - daffodil (Pancratium maritimum). Our rote begins at the east end of the beach, where the river Vourkos meets the sea surrounded by a rich olive grove among mountains covered with evergreen woods of pine. Following backwards the river's course we meet two small villages, Kato Stavros and Ano Stavros (2) hidden amid the greenery of the valley. Here several cafes offer their services and some rest before we take up the trail towards the dark heights of the mountain eastwards, where the villages of Plomari are scattered.
From Kato Stavros the road climbs in turns through olive trees, whereas further on we find ourselves walking by the shadow if pine trees (Pinus brutia). The view from up here is panoramic. Our next stop will be Ampeliko (3), a village lost in a ravine between the heights of Mt. Olympus and the bed of Vourkos river, with picturesque cafes, a beautiful church, a medieval castle and Roman ruins. A pleasant setting of pine trees, abundant fresh water and numerous small isolated churches or chapels complete the picture before the eyes of the happy visitor.

Now we turn toward the north and continue our climb in the pine forest, leaving behind as we walk water springs and charming little valleys. At our right Mt. Olympus; a side road leads up to the summit with the little church of Prophet Elias, from where one can have full view of almost the whole of the island below.

Following the road toward Plilihnito, we meet Megali Limni (meaning "big lake", but which has been dried long ago). A variety of seasons fruit (apples of Agiasso, pears) is offered to the visitor by open air greengroceries.

Within a setting of pine trees we find "Tsigos spring" and the small coffee shops of Ai Dimitris down by the river, typical stops before we reach Agiassos (4) shaded by the bulk of Mt. Olympus. The town with its "alive" chestnut tree, its abundant fresh water, St. Mary's church, a rich and flourishing popular craft, traditional architecture, cultured and hospitable population, offers an unforgettable image to the visitor. At its very heart, reigns the livery and creative Cultural Center.

From here, one can take the antique footpath uphill Olympus, amid a fascinating wild vegetation. From the neighborhood of "Apesso" another trail by the ravine leads toward the south, providing one of the nicest routes of the island. Beneath the chestnut forest, by the water side, we meet four little churches; then the road leading to Megalochori (5) with its two churches, its impressive monumental fountains, quaint cafes and its fragrance o pine. From here, the asphalt - paved road takes us to Plomari (6), a well known town by the sea. Houses ornamented with "sahnissinia" (typical balconies), a large market - place and the populous St. Isidoros beach from the town's milieu. We follow Sedounda river, as it flows through the town, trekking by its banks under the thick shadow of plane trees begirdled with ivy, crossing small wooden bridges and admiring the distant olive groves. After the old water - powered oil mill we leave the river and start uphill at the eastern bank. The pine forest now yields its place to the olive grove. We meet a few houses of the deserted town of Messouna (7) and then follow the left branch of the cross - roads, which brings us up to the majestic plateau of Karionas (8).

Huge pine trees, the Medieval castle on the rocky hill and, below, the Gulf of Gera. We can take a rest at the small cafe, then follow the road downwards from the chapelet of Agia Paraskevi. It will take us to the main village of Gera, Skopelos.

Gera (9) with its six villages dominates the beautiful valley extending by the waters of the "Bay of Olives" or the Gera Gulf. From here, there is a regular bus connection with the capital.