For many visitors the attractions of Eresos and Skala Eresou keep them happily occupied during their holiday, but Lesvos, the third largest Greek island after Crete and Evia, offers many alternative sights and experiences. Here are just a few attractions within a short distance of Eresos.
For those seeking a change of beach scene Chrousou (snorkelling), Faneromeni (exciting swimming) and Gavathas (child friendly bathing) are just three alternatives.
For those with an interest in the natural world one excursion could be a visit to the Petrified Forest and its associated Natural History Museum at Sigri. Another excursion could be a visit to the Salt Pans at Kalloni where both resident and migratory birds, such as Storks, Greater Flamingoes, Black-winged Stilts, Cranes and Glossy Ibis can be seen at different times.
For those wishing to sample the history and architecture nearby there are two significant monasteries. Moni Pithariou, founded in the 17th century, extensively renovated and enjoying a stunning setting in a ravine of oak and plane trees overlooking the reservoir and Moni Ipsilou, founded before 800AD, enjoying magnificent views, displaying a number of large icons, embroidered stoles and altar cloths, relics, sacred vessels and manuscripts. Another possible site to visit is the Ancient Sanctuary of Mesa with its origins in the 4th century B.C.
Other villages worth exploring include Mesotopus with its attractive central square and its Womens’ Co-operative shop selling a wide range of locally made produce; Parakila with its Ottoman stone bridge and lone minaret; Antissa with its peaceful square shaded by Plane Trees; Vatousa with its stone mansions including the impressive Gogos Folklore Museum; Gavathas with its pretty harbour and headland church of St Pandeleimon; Liota (Ligeri) which has a beautifully renovated church, a taverna shaded by an enormous ancient Plane Tree and spectacular views across the valley; Chidira with the Georgios Jakovadis Museum the first digital art museum in Greece.
All these points of interest are in the west.
For those wishing to explore further afield there are equally interesting places and things to explore in the north, east and south of the island, too numerous to list but including the following:
- Molyvos (Gattulisi Castle)
- Mandamados (ceramics)
- Agiasos (wood-carving)
- Plomari (Ouzo)
- Polichnitos (olive press chimney with nesting White Storks)
- Agia Paraskevi and Papados (Olive Press Museums)
- Moni Leimonos (grand 16th century buildings)
- Eftalou, Gera, Thermi (thermal springs)