We start our tour and visit 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 Leimonos is one of the most interesting monasteries in Lesvos – we take some time to look around this splendid building.
In the village of Filia we visit the lovely plateia and enjoy a Greek coffee and Greek hospitality in the local kafeinion. In Filia you can also find the remaining of a Turkish mosque with the minaret and a beautiful medieval bridge.
From here we head to the volcanic west of the island, towards the village of Sigri. You can see along the road the excavated trunks of petrified sequoias. The forest of giant sequoias was petrified about 20 million years ago, buried under ashes by a volcanic eruption. Hot Springs watered the trunks with mineral waters, which ultimately led to the petrification.
In Sigri you can visit the Natural History Museum, which will give you a great idea of the volcanic history of the island.
Before we leave the west we will stop at one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of Lesvos – Faneromeni Beach – with its stunning rock church.
In the tiny village of Liotta we stop in a lovely taverna with a spring under an enormous plane tree and enjoy a tasty meal.
Feeling stronger we return through the volcanic landscape 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.