• The gulf of Gera, the smallest gulf of the island, looks more like a lake surrounded by mountains covered in olive groves. With its various alternating landscapes, the area is a favourite for nature lovers and the picturesque seaside tavernas, with fresh fish, will not let anyone go hungry.
  • Mithymna, or Molyvos, was declared a protected and traditional settlement in 1965 and is a jewel of the island. With traditional stone-built houses, cobbled streets, the second largest castle of the island, but its picturesque harbour, it offers the visitor a unique experience.
  • The monastery of Agios Raphael draws worshippers from all over the world. It is a nunnery, which is run in honour of Saint Raphael, the remains of whom were found there together with those of Saint Nicholas and Saint Irene. It is located in idyllic surroundings with olive groves and a view to the Asia Minor coast.
  • The castle of Mytilene is considered to be one of the largest in Europe, covering a 15-acre site. It was built during the time of the Gatelouzi family (1355 - 1462), was rebuilt many times by the Ottomans and Byzantines and so you will find ruins of mosques, churches and homes.
  • Agiasos is a mountain village on the east slope of mount Olympos on Lesbos. With picturesque houses, old churches and a rich cultural life, it has been declared a protected settlement. You will find traditional cafés, as well as local products such as woodcarvings.
  • The Kalloni sardine is a renowned gastronomical experience. In the picturesque harbour of Skala Kallonis, the traditional colourful fishing boats not only supply this famous meze, but also create this beautiful image.
  • The ancient theatre of Mytilene dates back to Hellenistic times, and is estimated to have accommodated 10,000 spectators. Today, a large part of it has been salvaged and its acoustics are considered to rival those of Epidaurus theatre.
  • The Valide Mosque is located in the old Turkish quarter of Mytilene in Epano Skala. Its inscription shows that it is one of the oldest mosques on Lesbos since it states that it was built in 1615.
  • The picturesque village of Petra owes its name to the 43 metre-high rock around which it is built. The 114 steps carved in the stone lead to the 18th Century church of the Glykfylousa Panagia.
  • The petrified forest in Sigri, lying on an area of 70.7 acres, has been declared a protected natural monument of international interest. The fossilised trunks of the evergreen Sequoia tree and the coniferous pinoxylon paradoxum were created as a result of the strong volcanic activity in the northern Aegean 20 million years ago. Special paths have been created on a whole mountainside, and amongst others, the visitor can admire the largest recorded conifer trunk measuring more than 20 metres and the 7 meter-high Sequoia trunks with a diameter up to 2.6 metres.

The wider area of Karini is paradise with the river bringing water from the mountains of Lesbos. You will find two beautiful traditional cafés, one of which Theofilos often came to and sat under the plane tree to paint. One of his works is still kept at the café.

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Evriaki, Gera Gulf, Lesvos Island
Tel/Fax: (+30)210 9659226
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