We start our tour with a visit of the monastery of Leimonos. This monastery of friars was already built before the Turkish occupation. It was often destroyed and rebuilt; the current building dating back to 1527. Moni Limonos is one of the most interesting monasteries in Lesvos – we take some time to look around this splendid building.
We head north through the beautiful and very traditional villages of Filia and Skalochori. At the coast in Gavathas we see the multi-coloured rocks at the beach, before we reach the ancient ruins of Antissa. According to an old legend, the head and lyre of Orpheus was washed up on the beach - still singing and playing.
We no longer hear the lyre playing, but you can sometimes find small, stranded fragments of fossilized sequoia trees on the beach, from the time that the nearby Sigri ancient forest was petrified by volcanic lava. If you want, you can swim in the idyllic bay of Kalo Limani.
We continue along the green north coast to the mountain village of Lafionas and the ruin village of Klapados, where the last battle against the Turks took place. A 15 min walk takes us to a hidden waterfall that is also in summer an idyllic place.
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.