We start our tour and drive west along the Gulf of Kalloni, leave the asphalt road after a short drive and turn inland to the mountains. Even from a distance you can now see the massive rock of Issa. Issa was the daughter of King Makar and her face cut into the rock is one of the still widely unknown highlights of Lesvos. Around the rock massif you may detect further remains of ancient buildings. For some people, this place is a spiritual place of power.
We continue now along the Gulf and reach Parakila. Here we can briefly visit the women's cooperative, where they offer in a pretty little shop many homemade sweets and other treats. In the lovely garden of the cooperative we sit down to enjoy a Greek coffee and try some of their sweets.
The landscape becomes more rugged as we approach the tiny fishing village Apothika, the road always offers great views of the Gulf. At waterfront we stop and see some former alum ovens. Alum is a mineral salt that was used for the manufacture of leather and skins, but also for medical purposes. The ovens are still in good condition and from here we have a nice view to the small fishing harbour of Apothika and the little island close to the beach.
We head now to the wall of King Makar. The wall was built approximately 3000 BC and a large part of it is still very well preserved. The building is impressive and gives evidence of great ancient architecture. Around and above the wall we can find further remainings of ancient cultural sites and buildings.
In Apothika we sit down in a lovely taverna right at the harbour and enjoy a tasty lunch. After the lunch break we drive a little bit further to a small, idyllic beach, where we can bathe or just relax a bit. We cross the mountains and return along the north coast to our starting point.
Costs of this private, guided full-day trip in a 4x4 vehicle is 150 EUR (no food/drinks/entrance fees) for 2 people, any additional person is 40 EUR extra.
Start time, meeting point or pick-up from your accommodation on arrangement.