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Hiking in the west

 

Day trip “The North-West and Ancient Antissa” 

(Level of difficulty: Easy)

Circular walk around Kambos – Antissa - Kambos

Total Distance of the hike: 11 km
Duration including stops: 7-8 hours

The trip: We start our hike in Kambos on the north-west coast of the island of Lesvos. We first head down towards the sea. Our track - a small road with stone walls left and right - is, as so often in Greece, in the winter a raging torrent. In the warmer seasons we can easily walk on the dry riverbed and enjoy the scent of herbs - oregano, rosemary, thyme, lavender - and see fruit orchards with oranges, lemons, pomegranates as well as wild caper bushes. At the beach we turn east and hike on a dirt road in the direction of Antissa. Looking back, we can see the pretty village of Gavathas beyond the sand dunes.

We cross the river Voulgaris and finally come across a hill to Ancient Antissa. The ancient village of Antissa was originally built in the 10th century and is one of the six founding settlements on the island. Repeatedly destroyed, we now find only the ruins of Ovriokastro (fort of the Hebrews), built in the time of the Genoese rule. According to an old legend, the head and lyre of Orpheus was washed up on the beach - still singing and playing. We no longer hear the lyre playing, but you can sometimes find small, stranded fragments of fossilized sequoia trees on the beach, from the time that the nearby Sigri ancient forest was petrified by volcanic lava. After we have explored the castle and enjoyed the view, we sit down for a light lunch in one of the beach tavernas.

Now is the time for a relaxing sunbathe and/or swimming at the beautiful sandy beach of Ancient Antissa before we slowly find our way back to Kambos.

Minimum of 2 people required, start time, meeting point or pick-up from your accommodation upon arrangement.

Price for the hike: 26€ p.p. (5 or more people) or 40€ p.p. (for 2-4 people).

The extra-charge for our 👑 package (Lunch in Ancient Antissa incl. wine or beer and water) is 15€ per person.

Prices for larger groups (>10 people) on request. 


Day trip “The Beaches of the West”

(Level of difficulty: Easy)

Circular walk around Skala Eressou – Chroussos – Tavari – Skala Eressou

Total Distance of the hike: 18 km
Duration including stops: 7-8 hours

The trip: The meeting point for our hike is the beach village of Skala Eressou in the west of the island of Lesvos. On sandy tracks and sheep trails we hike eastwards, always with beautiful views to the sea. We come to the green beach of Chroussos, an always green bay appearing like an oasis in the dry and desert-like environment. Chroussos is a wonderful, wide curving beach of dark sand and fine gravel. Here we stop for a quick dip in the sea, for those who want to, before we continue eastwards to Tavari. Tavari is the small beach settlement of Messotopos, just a fishing port with a few houses. In a region well known for good lamb dishes we enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the local tavernas. Then it is time to slowly hike back, taking the same way. We may stop for another swimming break in Chroussos.

Back in Skala Eressou we sit down in one of the stylish beach cafes overlooking the sea and enjoy a sundowner at the end of our hike.

Minimum of 2 people required, meeting point is Skala Eressou or pick-up from your accommodation and starting time on arrangement.

Price for the hike: 27€ p.p. (5 or more people) or 41€ p.p. (for 2-4 people).

The extra-charge for our 👑 package (Lunch in Tavari incl. wine or beer and water, drink or refreshment in Skala Eressou) is 18€ per person.

Prices for larger groups (>10 people) on request. 


Day trip “Eressos and Moni Pithariou”

(Level of difficulty: easy)

Circular walk Eressos – Moni Pithariou - Eressos             

Total Distance of the hike: 13 km,
Duration including stops: 6-7 hours

The trip: Our hike begins at the inland village of Eressos, in the west of Lesvos. We leave the village on a track and climb rather steeply uphill to the crest of Aspros Vrachas. From above we enjoy stunning views to the dam and across the lake to the monastery of Pithario, the Kambos area of small farms leading to Skala Eressou and the sea. We walk slowly downhill to the picturesque water reservoir that provides the dry region around Eressos water for the farmers. The monastery sits picturesquely over the reservoir – if we are lucky we will find a monk that will open the gate for us. Anyway, we will have a pleasant break at the monastery enjoying the peace and calm. We return to Eressos along the track.

Back at the starting point we drive a few minutes by car to Skala Eressou, where we sit down in one of the beach tavernas and enjoy a late lunch. By then we will definitely be ready for a swim or a little rest on the long, sandy beach.

Minimum of 2 people required, start time, meeting point or pick-up from your accommodation on arrangement.

Price for the hike: 27€ p.p. (5 or more people) or 41€ p.p. (for 2-4 people).

The extra-charge for our 👑 package including lunch with wine or beer and water in Skala Eressou is 17€ per person.

Prices for larger groups (>10 people) on request.