Autumn RainSummer is now almost over. When the very last charter flight takes summer visitors back home on October 29th, we will all feel that Autumn is truly here.

October has so far been warm and sunny but it looks like the rains will arrive on the 23rd. You can find out what the weather is doing in Molyvos by visiting the Molyvos Weather Station.

All of the tourist industry is now winding down (if not already closed) and Lesvos is preparing for winter. You might think that this will mean lots of relaxation and catching up on sleep. There is however just the small matter of picking the olives from more than 11 million olive trees that cover over a quarter of the island! It is very hard, back breaking work that results in world famous, award winning oliveOlive Oil fresh from Stypsi oil. You can read more about Lesvos olive oil at the ELEONIA web site and next time you visit Lesvos you must take time to visit the Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production in Agia Paraskevi.

So while the winter rains (and snows perhaps) are falling there is something you can do to keep just a little ‘summer’ alive. Read through some of our pages and start to plan where you will visit next year. Lesvos is blessed. There is so much to see, so much to do and so much to experience. Lesvos has already started preparing for your visit.

Make sure you are ready!

A Stroll in the woods above Lafionas

The numerous and diverse walks on Lesvos are legend. There are many books written about walking on Lesvos. Now that the daytime temperatures are beginning to cool, our season of ‘adventure’ has begun. Each year we try to discover something new. In order to ease our summer bodies into the vigour of the Lesvos landscape, we frequently begin with a familiar walk that we know to be gentle and shady. So on 10 October we decide to go for a leisurely stroll around the hill above Lafionas.

As the weather was very hazy, I decided that landscape photography would not be productive so put a macro lens on my camera.

Cyclamen in the hills above LafionasWhat a good decision! As we climbed the footpath rising above Lafionas we passed a small patch of Cyclamen poking stunning little flowers out of the pine needles.

Our walk was punctuated with stops to view elusive insects, admire the views over Petra towards Turkey and simply listen to the silence.

As we rounded a corner we found an Oak tree with red/brown shiny and very sticky galls about 3cm in diameter. We then spotted different galls on the underside of a leaf. These were about 5-7 mm in diameter. We then found yet another type of gall this one was just over 1 cm. Please email me if you can help identify the types below.

The last surprise came when I stopped to photograph some dried thistles. I didn’t spot the brightly coloured Carpocoris nymph until I was doing a quick review of the picture.

Carpocoris nymph

I love Lesvos. I love the way a simple stroll through the pine forest with friends turns into a wildlife adventure. Lafionas is a beautiful hillside village that has real character and charm. It is worth visiting just for that. When you add in the amazing views towards Turkey and the walk around the mountain you have one amazing morning.

The walk features in the book On Foot in North Lesvos.

Click here for a further selection about walking on Lesvos.