Attractions to Visit in Lesvos, Greece
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There are so many islands in Greece to see it can be hard to choose. Instead of spend time at some of the more popular touristed islands, there are plenty of others that are worth a visit. Lesvos is one of those islands. Here’s a look at some of the attractions you can spend time at while here:
Ancient Town of Mythimna
The Ancient Town of Mythimna was a powerful ancient city of the island of Lesvos. The town is located on a peninsula of the northern coast of the island. Excavations at the site of the Ancient Town of Lesvos have found remnants of an old settlement, which is very similar to the modern traditional settlement. The Ancient Town of Mythimna is surrounded by olive groves.
During the middle ages, Mythimna became known as Molyvos (or Molivos). Mythimna owns an archaeological collection with the findings from the areas as well as a collection of over ten thousand volumes of manuscripts. Music played a large role in the Ancient Town of Mithimna. Each year, there are many cultural events and conferences held in Molyvos.
Petrified Forest of Lesvos
The Petrified Forest of Lesvos was formed 20 millions years ago when a volcano erupted in the northern part of Lesvos. The entire area was covered with lava and ash. Some of the trees that were covered are up to 20 meters long and 3 meters around. The root systems of these trees are visible. The Petrified Forest extends to the sea. In fact, if you explore the beaches of Sigri, you are likely to find petrified wood mixed in with the pebbles and sand.
If you are in the villages of Zithra, Antissa, Xidira, or Vatousa, you will be able to see the caldera of the volcano, which occupies each village. There are also mounds of ash that are still visible. As you explore the Petrified Forest of Lesvos, you will see giant trees and small ones, in different shapes and positions. If you travel with kids, look for the swings where they can enjoy some time. This is the largest petrified forest in the world.
Castle of Sigri
Built in 1757, the Castle of Sigri was built by the Ottomans. The castle was built in order to protect the harbor of Sigri from pirate invasions. Protection of the harbor was important as it was one of the most important harbors of trade transportation during those times.
The main walls of the Castle of Sigri are on the edge of the Bay of Sigri. You can explore the layout of the castle and experience the same view of Sigri and the harbor that the warriors once did. The Castle of Sigri is the perfect addition to a day visiting the Petrified Forest.
Waterfalls of Man’ Katsa
The Waterfalls of Man’ Katsa is a natural beauty that must be seen while visiting Lesvos, Greece. Located 30 km north of Mytilini on the way to Mantamados, the Waterfalls of Man’ are 12 meters high with a 1 – 1.5 meter deep pit. There are large, dark rocks that are 15 – 20 meters high. The landscape of the are is tranquil and ready for exploration. If you enjoy hiking, this is the ideal destination for an afternoon.
While visiting the Greek island of Lesvos, you won’t want to miss the chance to see at least some of these attractions.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com