We drive through a beautiful mountainous landscape with great views to the west. On a striking stone peak, an extinct volcano, we see the monastery Moni Ipsilou, which was founded around the year 800 AD. We visit the monastery and have a look around the old dignified buildings.
In Sigri you can visit the geological museum of the Petrified Forest, one of the highlights of Western Lesvos. This is not the only area where you can find fossilized redwoods, but certainly the most imposing place. The forest of giant sequoias was petrified about 20 million years ago. Depending on the light the trunks shimmer in all imaginable colours. A great sight and a terrific place!
We continue our drive through an impressive dessert-like landscape, formed by volcanos and come to Eressos and finally to the beach settlement of Skala Eressou.
There we stop at the long beach for swimming in the clear water or just relaxing. Later we meet up again for a late tasty lunch in one of the stylish beach tavernas.
On the way back along the south coast road and Gulf of Kalloni we stop at the tiny village of Parakila. There we find an appealing old stone bridge close to the main road and the picturesque ruins of a mosque with a minaret still standing from the Turkish period.
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.