Scuba Diving, Surfing and Sailing
Whether you already are a fan or wish to live the Surfing, Sailing and Scuba Diving experience, Lesvos is the place you are looking for. With a coast line of 380km and several little island complexes, as well as ship wrecks, adventurous visitors can attend Surfing and Scuba Diving courses or enjoy a daily Sailing trip, always under the assist of experienced professionals.
Whatever your passion is, you’ll be able to find the destination that suits you and enjoy the Sea Activities that Lesvos Island can offer you.
Byzantine Monasteries and Orthodox Churches
Christianity was declared for first time in Lesvos in 58 ac from the Apostle Paul. The first pastoral seat of the island is Mitilini which first bishop of existed was Gregory in 325 ac. It is important to report that the first two pale Christian churches have been found in the region Mithymna (early basilica in Ypsilometopo and the pale Christian of Halinardou). The period between the 9th and 14th century is rich, concerning the spiritual history of the island.
Personalities such as the Empress Irene the Athenian, Magistrate Symeon, Konstantinos Monomahos, Saint Raphael and others testify the highly spiritual life developed during that period. The wealth of Byzantine monuments makes Lesvos a perfect destination for many religious pilgrims. Monuments of centuries – old ecclesiastic architecture and art, several churches and monasteries give testimony to Lesvos rich religious heritage.
Thermal & Healing Springs
Upon leaving Polichnitos on the way to Vatera, take the side road to the hot spring facilities. Numerous mineral springs bubble up through porous volcanic protogenic and secondary rock. One of the hottest springs in Europe, the temperature of the water here ranges from 67° C to 92° C (the temperature in the baths is between 42° C and 44° C) and is enriched with a natural radioactivity of 15-25 MACHE units. The saline spa is on a par with Wiesbaden in Germany. The Polichnitos hot springs were used during the Ottoman Occupation, but only two pools have been in use since 1959.
The Petrified Forest of Lesvos is a fossilized ecosystem that includes hundreds of standing and lying petrified tree trunks in a protected area of 150 km2. Layers of volcanic ash have revealed pieces of trunks, branches, roots, seeds and leaves as well as fossilized animal bones. Important concentrations of fossilized remains can also be found in the marine and seashore zones of western Lesvos.
Within the protected area of the Petrified Forest are the most important places to visit. Guests have several options in visiting areas with petrified tree trunks:
1. The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest in Sigri, which has an impressive collection of findings that mark and represent the evolution of the broader ecosystem of the North Aegean 20 million years ago and the evolution of plants on Earth.
2. The Petrified ForestPark in Bali Alonia
3. The SigriPark, next to the venues of the Museum in Sigri
4. The PlakaPark, located 800 meters south of Sigri
5. The thematic hiking rout “Lava paths” linking the fossiliferous areas.
There’s really nothing much to say for Lesvos Island and birding there, except that is one of the best birdwatching places in Europe! Spring migration combined with several unique local species (difficult to see elsewhere in Europe) is a must for serious birders. Many people (re)visit the island every year for adding exotic species in their bird lists and to make great shots of them. Spring is the best season to visit the island for birding, especially April and May.
Two observatories have been erected in the Bay of Kalloni. The first one next to the rural road Mytilene – Kalloni after a bypass to Polichnitos, and the second one in the area of Alyki in Agia Paraskevi, after the junction to the village of Agia Paraskevi on your left. The birds can also be observed in the village of Skala Kallonis, just before entering the village, as well as in the wetland of Larsos – Ntipi and in the salt flats of Polichnitos.