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Beneath you see several photos of Molivos, a place where most of the tourists are going. Molivos is a village that is built against a hill with on the top the remains of a castle from whitch you have a wonderful view over Molivos. The village is on the list of the National Trust, so it will always remember you of the old times. Here you will not find large hotels and no mass tourism. In Molivos, there are enough sidewalk cafés, shops, a Bank with a money machine, a nice small harbour with outdoor cafés and at the edge of Molivos, several pebble beaches. If you hire a scooter or car in Molivos at the start of your holiday, it is hard to find the way back, because the Greek call Molivos: Methymna, so don’t forget it!

Molivos

Molivos

the way to the center

center

Molivos is built on a hill and the narrow streets are worth walking through, because you find in Molivos the ancient atmosphere. The castle is always clearly there and when you arrive here, you find an outdoor café where you can have a cool drink. Even when you are Dutch or from Belgium you can find your way to the centre of the village. The centre consists of only one street, but it is nice walking here.

harbour Molivos

harbour Molivos

Molivos

Around the harbour of Molivos are several sidewalk cafés and tourists shops. In the evening, you can enjoy a nice Greek dinner. Here you see the harbour from the castle. This is Molivos, the view is wonderful.

At 5 km. From Molivos is the village of Petra, which is touristic, but its old character still remains. This village has several allies with tourist shops and sidewalk cafés. What immediately attracks the attention is the Panagia Glykofilousa church. This church is built on a rock of 30 m. height (the story tells that it is a meteor). What you absolutely have to see is the villa of Vareltzidaina, built in 1740 and preserved well. You can find this villa in the centre of Petra and it is free to see. What we appreciated was the ouzo distillery in the centre. When you follow the smell, you will find it automatically.

Petra, in the middle you see the Panagia Glykofiloussa church

Panagia Glykofiloussa church in Petra

Petra

Petra

view over Petra

van alles en nog wat winkeltje in Petra

This is a view from below the Panagia Glykofiloussa church. To get there you have to climb 114 steps upwards.

This is the view from the church in the green scenery near Petra.

From the church you can see Petra, but what you can’t see here is Molivos behind the mountains.

Often you will find these nice views in Greece.

This shop is typical for the inhabitants. Things you can buy here are vegetables, electric equipment, magazines and another thousand things.

alley in Petra

ouzo distillery

villa off Vareltzidaina

Petra

alley in Petra

In Petra you can stroll along in the allies with here on the right side a tavern.

In this distillery, ouzo is made and you can taste several products.

This villa off Vareltzidaina can be visited and we got here a private guided tour.

At your left hand, you can see the villa again.

Another wonderful alley in Petra.

The village of Skala Sykamnias is close to Molivos. You can reach it by the road via Eftalou, where you find warm water wells. Then via a no sealed road, but good to drive, along the mountains and the sea to Skala Sykamnias.

Sunset in Skala Sykamnias.

 

Skala Sykamnias

Skala Sykamnias

Skala Sykamnias

Skala Sykamnias

Skala Sykamnias is the most northern village of Lesbos, from here you can almost touch the coast of Turkey.

This village has just a few tourist accommodations, so for people who like it, it is nice and quiet.

This is the view when you drive in from the coast, the beaches here are from pebbles and sand.

Again a typical Greek church. Enjoy the view on one of the sidewalk café’s.

 

Beneath more pictures of Lesbos, so you will have a nice impression of what there is to see on this beautiful island. If you really like to see the whole island, you better hire a car or a moped if you want to stay close to your hotel. Don’t forget that the area measure of Lesbos is 1630 square km. and the coastline is 370 km. long. It is the second largest island of Greece.

Agios Taxiarchis-monastery

Agios Taxiarchis-monastery

taverne at the Agios Taxiarchis-monastery

Agios Raphael monastery

Agios Raphael monastery

35 km. from Molivos you find Mantamados.

The monastery of Agios Taxiargis lies beautifully in the middle of pine tree forests.

This tavern is situated on the property of the monastery and they have here nice Greek delicacies.

The monastery of Agios Raphael is close to Thermi and 15 km. from Mytilini.

This is a nun’s monastery and it looks very modern on the outside. You can see it from quit a distance.

wild donkeys

Skalochori

Skalochori

west off Lesbos

Ypsilou-monastery

We saw these donkeys just before we arrived in Skalochori. The road was not yet sealed.

There is not so much to see in Skalochori. It is an authentic Greek village where you can rest for a moment at a kafenio and enjoy a drink amidst the locals.

This is the same street where all the traffic passes through.

This is a volcanic area on the west coast of Lesbos. You can see it here from the Ypsylou-monastery.

In the early days, you could reach this monastery by 3000 steps upwards. Now you can reach it by something that is called a road. The view is so beautiful that you have to go there.

Ypsilou-monastery

petrified forest

petrified forest

cats in the petrified forest

This monastery is built in 1101 and you can still see a lot of the church treasures in the museum.

Here we arrived at the petrified forest in the west of Lesbos. 15 to 20 million years ago this area consisted still of tropical and subtropical forests.

These forests were covered with ashes and lava after volcanic eruptions. The water that dripped through these layers, glazed the trees and plants. You can still find the trees over an area of 15.000 ha……..

.....These trees consist mainly of opal and quarts and are easy to recognize by the annual rings. The cats on this photo were sleeping princely and as we are crazy about cats, I couldn’t resist showing you.

Sigri

Sigri

Sigri

Sigri is a small village in the west of Lesbos; there is also an old fortress that dates from 1757 and it is well kept.

If you like fresh octopus, this is the place to be.

The coast of Sigri has beautiful sandy beaches. In the background, you can see the volcanic area of Lesbos.

limonas-monastery

limonas-monastery

limonas-monastery

limonas-monastery

limonas-monastery

The Limonas or Taxiarchon monastery is close to Kalloni.

In this monastery are many old treasures to see.

There is a library with more then 2.500 books and handwritings, dating from the 9th until the 19th century.

The church that belongs to the monastery has beautiful frescos and a wonderful ikonostase. We had never seen them so beautiful.

.....Sorry for the ladies, but this church is only open for men. Above you see the dining room frequently used for festivities.

Mytilini

Mistegna

Mistegna

Plomari

coast of Plomari

Mytilini is the capital citty of Lesbos. We fled here because of the bustle. But we could take it for half a day.

Mistegna at the east coast of Lesbos is delightful typical Greek, with many allies to stroll along.

Ceramic shop in the centre of Mistegna; you find these shops everywhere in Greece.

Plomari is a small industrial city, known for its olive production. You also find here the most important ouzo factories.

The coast close to Plomari is really worth visiting.

 

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