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Spotlight on…. Sigri in Lesvos

Spotlight on…. Sigri in Lesvos

Sigri is a picturesque village located on the western-most tip of the coast on the Greek island of Lesvos - voted one of the best islands in the Mediterranean in a poll by The Telegraph. Nestled between rolling hills and the sparkling Aegean Sea, Sigri is a charming destination that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and tranquillity. Greek travel writer Matt Barrett describes Sigri as ‘the most remote tourist destination in Greece’ and he could be right, it is definitely one of the most peaceful tourist villages.

Things to do in Sigri

One of the main attractions of Sigri is its stunning coastline. The village boasts a beautiful sandy beach, which stretches for several kilometres and offers a peaceful retreat for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying the breathtaking views. The clear turquoise waters are perfect for water sports like snorkelling and kayaking, allowing visitors to explore the rich marine life and hidden coves. The island called Nissiopi protects the bay and is covered in the remains of petrified trees. To the north of the village is the unspoilt bay of Faneromeni, uncrowded even in August though it can be windy (great for body-boarding!). There is also a kitesurfing centre open in peak season and offering hire service and lessons.

Sigri is also renowned for its fascinating geological formations. The village is situated near the Petrified Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that showcases ancient tree trunks turned to stone over millions of years. Visitors can wander through this natural museum, marvelling at the preserved remains of trees that once flourished in the area - there's a small exhibition in the forest park around 10 miles from the village. There’s also a newly renovated Museum of Natural History in the village itself, which is small but impressive and well-worth a visit.

The history and culture in Sigri

Beyond its natural wonders, Sigri offers a glimpse into the island's history and culture. The village is home to a small but captivating castle, built in the 18th century as a defensive stronghold against pirate raids by the Ottoman fleet commander Suleiman Pasa.

As a quaint fishing village, Sigri boasts a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Visitors can explore the narrow streets, lined with traditional tavernas and cafes, and savour authentic Greek cuisine. The locals are known for their warm hospitality, making every visitor feel welcomed and embraced by the village's charm. Plus the food here is delicious! The village has its own nomadic microbrewery too, and you can sample this delicious craft beer at various places across the island.

Overall, Sigri is a hidden gem on the island of Lesvos, offering a peaceful and idyllic retreat for those seeking natural beauty and a break from the bustling tourist crowds. With its pristine beaches, geological wonders, and rich history, Sigri is a destination that captivates the hearts of all who visit. Check out our fantastic accommodations here.

Sigri makes a great base for a two centre holiday on Lesvos - why not combine it with a stay in Plomari, Mytilene or Petra?

Mark Walker

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