walking package 2

We take our pick from the various walking routes spread over the island. Transfer needs to be arranged for these walking trails, depending on the size of the group. There is a choice of taxis, rental cars or minibus. The cost will be divided between the participants.

CENTRAL LESVOS

3 - MONASTERY WALK – KALLONI OR  SKALA KALLONIS
This trek takes us through easily followed, partly paved pathways (kalderimi’s) leading us to 3 beautiful ,almost or totally abandoned monasteries: Mirsiniotissas monastery, Limonas monastery and Holy Anargirous monastery. The first one is a small monastery for women with a well –cared for garden, where just a few nuns  continue to live in their traditional way.
At the big and impressive Limonas monastery,where the other 2 monasteries belong to,a longer(coffee) break can be taken. There’s a lot to see and admire! The last monastery we will visit is being rented by a Norwegian university, but that will not prevent us from visiting the garden.
Kalloni is a small town with many shops, while the village of  Skala Kalloni is a beach resort.

Mirsiniotissas

CIRCULAR TREK STARTING FROM THE VILLAGE OF AGIA PARASKEVI
The area nearby the big and lovely village of Agia Paraskevi is easily traversed because of the even landscape.
En route we will come across some interesting monuments such as the ruins of the Klopedi Temple (8th-6th century b.c.), which is of very significant value for the island.
At the next stop, at the small abandoned  monastery of Taxiarchis, we will meet up with father Ignatius, who will guide us around on request.


CENTRAL - SOUTH LESVOS

WALKING IN THE AREA OF THE MOUNTAINVILLAGES OF AGIASSOS - ASOMATOS AND AGIOUS ANARGIROUS
More routes are possible and depending on the means of transport, either a circular route or a cross country walk may be chosen.
The villages of Agiassos and Asomatos are magnificent traditional mountain villages. The village of Agiassos is the biggest and is located at the foot of Mt. Olympus, the highest mountain on the island (967m). It is a place of pilgrimage known and honored by many Greeks, a very old icon is kept in the Holy Mary church, upon which the history of the village is based. It is also renowned for its ceramics and woodcarving. The landscape is luscious and fertil , with many olive groves, chestnut-and fruit trees plus a whole range of herbs.
A trek could end with a visit to the hoth springs (thermal baths) at the gulf of Gera. These hot baths date back to the Turkish occupation.


MOUNT OLYMPUS – AGIASSOS
Leaving of the above mentioned village of Agiassos, which by itself is a worthwhile long trek, we continue along old paths and  partly sandy roads, ascending to the summit of Mt. Olympus, +/-967 mtrs high. All together we will climb 550 metres. The spectacular view from the bare and rocky mountaintop makes your climb very worthwhile.


WEST LESVOS
AROUND ANEMOTIA AREA
This walking trek  is practically all the way by sandy pathways and for a large part trough forests. In particular in these surroundings we will often view the black pine tree (pinus negra).A special plant in this area is the yellow rhododendron (rhododendron luteum), familiar to the ancient Greeks as poisonous. During this trip we could visit an old abandoned monastery and afterwards having lunch in one of the village local  kafeneion is recommended. This village Anemotia is often overlooked by the tourists resulting in having fully kept its own village character. Homemade wine is found here in abundance.

AROUND VATOUSA
The village of Vatousa is also a gorgeous and authentic village  located in west Lesvos. We will pass through this village and will return after finishing the walk to have lunch in one of the local taverns. Starting from the village we will make a tour around the valley, passing through farm lands and forests, goat paths, meadows and sand paths. A small break is taken at the small chapel of Holy Mary, a chance to fully absorb the wonderful views of the village and landscape.


THE AREA OF THE VILLAGES OF SKALA SIKAMINEAS - SIKAMINEAS - LEPETIMNOS
A marvelous and diverse journey along donkey treks and olive groves, starting off with a steep start, while in between presenting you  with stunning views of the northern coastline as well as the coast line of Asia Minor.
The village of Sikamineas is of a pretty and quaint nature, built against the mountain slopes. Our starting and ending point is the harbor of  Skala Sikaminia village, a true pearl of beauty. There is a secular legend about the Holy Mary church built on a rock on the quay of the village, which was the inspiration of a novel by the very famous Greek writer Stratis Mirivilis, who was born in the village.
Naturally the opportunity is given to have lunch in one of the local harbor taverns.


SIKAMINEAS – AGIA ANNA – LEPETIMNOS
A second possibility in the same area as mentioned above, is to start from the village of Sikamineas and continue the ascending pathway. Again you will have magnificent views of the coastline, in springtime you will come across big arums (Dracunculus vulgare) and century old planes. The trip leads us through the ghost village of Halikas, which was gradually abandoned by the villagers, after an earthquake in 1967. The village was rebuilt by what we know today as the village of Lepetymnos.
We will pass by this new village of Lepetymnos, from there on we head back to Sikaminea following a lovely shady pathway, where, upon request a lunch break can be held.

MOUNT LEPETYMNOS-PROFITIS ILIAS
The 2 highest mountains on the island are Mount Olympus  near Agiassos and Mount Lepetymnos in the north. Each of them reach almost  1000 metres in height. We have already mentioned  Mount Olympus before in the central / south route description.
It is also possible to climb Mount Lepetymnos, starting from different villages and from different approaches.
We walk the trek principally in  a circular manner, starting and ending at the village of Pelopi. However a different approach is possible, by making a cross country walk that starts in Pelopi and finishes in the village of Vafios. The latter is more strenuous .
The mountain climb will be rigorous ,approximately 2 hour nonstop walk, with a diverse scenery. On top we'll encounter a pretty church called The prophet Ilias, from which the view is breathtaking. The return walk will be by farm roads and will take about 1,5 hour.