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The 3rd edition of Lesvos Landscapes by Brian and Eileen Anderson is now available. It has been updated for 2014 and is a useful source of information about Lesvos as well as containing walks and car tours to get you up off your sunbed and out exploring the wonders of the island.
The second edition has been a useful addition to our collection for the past 5 years. It has been out on walks with us and kept us company in the car, so it is beginning to look just a little ‘loved’. The book includes five car tours which should give inspiration to those less adventurous or able. Lesvos is beautiful and full of hidden wonders. This guide will help you find some of those treasures.
You can read more about the book as well as find places to buy a copy by clicking on the Sunflower Books banner below.
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Walking and Biking around Molyvos
Walking and Biking around Molyvos is very popular. There is now another guide to help you get the most out of your stay.
The guide has been produced by the Molyvos Tourist Association and is free of charge. You can pick up the guide at the Molyvos Tourist Office. I am told that some hotels also have copies available. The routes link in with new signs that were put up in May of 2013 so it should make following the route very simple. The guide will appeal to those used to the hidden paths and ways of Lesvos but will be most appreciated by those who have yet to discover the beauty that awaits just a few steps away from the main roads.
The walks are graded so that you can start off with less strenuous routes and progress to the more taxing.
Please let us know how you get on with your walks.
I’ve got you under my skin!
I first visited Lesvos for a week in May 2011 with Nicky my partner and we stayed at the Blue Sky Studios in Petra.
Immediately upon alighting the transfer coach something got under our skin – don’t know what and still cannot really nail it completely. It had us under it’s spell – corny but true!
We had come prepared with lots of information regarding local walks gleaned from the internet with resources such as:
foxysislandwalks.com (no longer available) and the excellent “Walks in North Lesvos” by Lance Chilton.
Despite all our preparation nothing could have prepared us for the feeling of being hooked. Others may disagree but to me the sea is not as azure blue as some other Greek Islands, it’s not, on the surface, as picture postcard pretty as some other Greek Islands. That said what is has got is something, maybe the incredible warmth of the welcome, the feeling that you belong, or the immense and real sense of sadness when you leave to go home. You want to go back – as soon as is humanly possible.
On our first holiday we walked almost every morning – all started from Petra and included destinations such as:
- Ambelia Beach (Mikri Tsikharanda) via Anaxos – a beautiful return leg over the cliffs with an abundance of spring flowers.
- Lafionas via the Olive Groves via one or two slightly “overgrown” sections!
- Petri via the path network above Petra
- Molyvos via the reservoir – with a lovely stop for a coffee at the Sea Horse Hotel and a beer or two on a bar on the hillside in Molyvos.
We spent the rest of the time relaxing by the pool – the Sunday Chuch service piped around the village is something to experience – truly magical.
We loved it – the weather in the main (apart from one or two short sharp spectacular thunderstorms) was perfect.
We vowed to return – it had got us.
May 2012 and we returned to the same apartments, this time for a fortnight. At Manchester airport we recognised several faces from the previous year – these people, this year, were to become our friends.
This time the weather was more mixed – but we carried on walking!! With a supplemented pool of information resources (we had also now purchased “On Foot in North Lesvos” by Mike Maunders and Sigrid van der Zee again another excellent book) this time we widened our walking range! As well as some of the walks we had done previously (including Nicky’s favourite walk to Molyvos via the reservoir) we also did:
- The valley of the Mills through the Ligonas Valley. It was on this walk where with much excitement (for that read fear!) we came across a number of snakes – in fact we got very close to one and watched him slither off into undergrowth. On the same walk we also saw a pine marten. This walk was my personal favourite – the carpet of spring flowers on the lower part of the valley was incredible (hope the picture does it justice!)
- Eftalou to Skala Sikaminia. This was interesting. We booked a taxi and the return boat with Alex who owns the Calypso boat based in Petra. On the morning of the walk the taxi arrived perfectly on time – the sun was breaking through! We exited the taxi at Eftalou and started our walk along the dirt track road. Within minutes the heavens opened, the rain poured down and the cloud dropped to below the level of the surrounding hills. We took cover under the trees with the goats – I decided to call Alex as I was convinced that the boat would be cancelled. He answered with his usual cheery smile and told me that the sun was shining in Petra and yes of course the boat would be running! With our moods lifted the clouds followed suit and the sun appeared – we walked the rest of the walk ion lovely warm sunshine – again a lovely walk that I can highly recommend. We made it to Skala Sikaminia only minutes behind the boat. A meal in the taverna with the mad parrot and a bottle of Limnos wine certainly made up for the damp clothes.
Walking aside we once again immersed ourselves into the place and grew to love it even more. We again spent time in Molyvos including a visit to the castle and a rather late night after spending the evening in Molly’s Bar with Andonis the apartment owner and other guests from the Blue Sky.
In 2013 we are going in July and my octogenarian mum will be making the trip for the first time – from the moment I first arrived I knew I wanted to bring her here.
Roman Aqueduct – Lambou Mili
Many visitors to Lesvos are unaware that there are two remaining sections of the Roman aqueduct.
You can read more at Roman Aqueduct near Lambou Mili.
There is even a map showing you where to find it.