There's a reason we've been coming here for 20 years
Sitting in the sparkling turquoise Aegean Sea, Lesvos is a warm and sunny emerald gem of Greece. It is a whole continent in miniature: spectacular beaches, high mountains and wild forests on Greece's third largest island.
Due to the island's size and variety, there's something for everyone: beach holidays, activity holidays, gastronomic tours, nature attractions and spectacular geography.
Here at Real Lesvos we aim to gradually make the wonder and attractions of Lesvos more easily available to the UK traveller. In the map below you'll find an ever-increasing list of our favourite things to do and see on Lesvos!
Anything from fine wine to a saddle for your horse, Kalloni has got it all. Good luck picking between its many excellent cafes and eateries! There are equally as many boutiques too. Pass by the church of Saint Ioánni and marvel at its beauty or stop by for a sweet treat and a coffee at any of the fresh yet authentic cafes.
Kalloni town lies at the end of one of the island’s two bays where commercial salt production competes with flocks of flamingos enjoying the coastal marshlands. A beautiful chapel dedicated to Agia Marina lies just before the old walls of Ancient Arisvi from which you can steal the most beautiful view of the bay and the settlement of Kalloni. Kalloni was a prosperous town during the Byzantium and there is a castle on a hill named Palaiokastro northeast of modern Kalloni that will attest to this.
In Antiquity the hill was the acropolis of the ancient city Arisvi. This city was destroyed in the 5th century BC by the neighboring city-state of Mythimna.The Gulf of Kalloni sits to the west of Achladeri, previously known as the Lagoon of Ancient Pyrrha.
This Gulf is a wetland that hosts flamingos, porpoises, dolphins, seals and more. In fact, Aristotle and his friend Theophrastus spent time at the Pyrrha Lagoon studying animal life and botany: their observations formed the basis for the first treatises ever written on the biology “history, parts, movement, progression, and generation” of animals. It was in Kalloni that Aristotle, while classifying species, developed the scientific framework that inspired Darwin’s later theory of Evolution.
We love visiting Kalloni for a great day out exploring nature’s rhythms on Lesvos!
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