Skala Eresos has that feeling of paradise at the end of the world. Its about an hour and a half drive from Mytilene through some of the most barren wasteland you can imagine. In the end you arrive in a lush green valley of farms and trees and hills with the main town of Eresos in the hills at the top of the valley and Skala Eresos on the beach at the bottom of the valley. In Skala Eresos you will find one of the nicest sandy beaches on the island, with bars, café’s restaurants, taverna’s and accommodation right on the beach. Here you can also find a well know meditation center.
The ancient Greek poet Sappho born in Lesvos: Born in Eressos on the island of Lesvos, Sappho was a famous poet, whose work is popular even today because of its unique style. Sappho of Lesbos (c. 620-570 BCE) was a lyric poet whose work was so popular in ancient Greece, and beyond, that she was honored in statuary and praised by figures such as Solon and Plato. Very little is known of her life and of the nine volumes of her work which were widely read in antiquity only fragments survive. Contrary to popular opinion on the subject, her works were not destroyed by closed-minded Christians seeking to suppress lesbian love poetry but were lost simply through time and circumstance. Sappho wrote in the Aeolic Greek dialect which was difficult for Latin writers, well versed in Attic and Homeric Greek, to translate. Her name has leant itself to `lesbian’ and `Sapphic’, both relating to homosexual women, because of her extant poetry which concerns itself with romantic love between women.
Eressos village Lesvos: The little town of Eressos is a place of special interest for its unique architecture and natural beauty. It lies 85 km west of Mytilene, the capital of Lesvos. Most importantly Eressos is the birthplace of the lyric poetess Sappho (7th century BC) and the philosophers Theophrastus and Phanias (4th century BC).
East of Eresos you will find Mesotopos and to the north Antissa, home of the anciet poet and musician Terpandros.
Sigri village Lesvos: Sigri is a picturesque coastal settlement and the second largest port of Lesvos, after Mytilene. It is located 90 km north west of the capital and is popular for its beautiful shores. The village displays a traditional layout, similar to other areas of Lesvos with well-preserved houses and colourful yards. In combination with the picturesque port where fishing boats moor in the summer, Sigri offers a romantic atmosphere. Right next to the port is the Turkish castle built in 17th century.
The “petrified forest” adorns the bare mountains of western Lesvos. The scenery changes in that area, and the rich vegetation, typical of the rest of the island, gives its place to the barren nature with its sharp geological formations hosting riverine and genista ecosystems where the burnet and certain genera of calm oak dominate. However, a 37,500-acre area scattered with petrified trunks with a full grown root system, branches and leaves compose a perfect fossilised ecosystem; a unique monument of nature.
It has been designated as a preserved natural monument since 1985. It is a forest ecosystem that has been fossilized 15-20 million years ago due to the intense volcanic activity in the area which included coniferous forests and mainly huge sequoias and primitive pine trees. It is one of the rarest natural monuments in the world (the only similar ecosystems today are the coniferous forests in north America), visited by thousands of tourists. The removal and transfer of fossilized material is prohibited by law. The forest includes six visitor parks in the area.
The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest was founded in 1994 aiming to the study, research, promotion, exhibition, conservation and protection of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos. It is a legal non-profit entity and is overseen by the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
The Museum is located in Sigri in western Lesvos, in the center of the protected area of the Petrified Forest, a protected natural monument with worldwide recognition.