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!
3 kilometres northeast from Eressos town, inside a deep gorge stands Pithariou monastery – it is aptly named due to the natural shape of the surrounding landscape. Much like other churches on Lesvos, this one is dedicated to Taxiarches and it was originally established during the mediaeval period – although many of the surrounding chapels, and the monastery itself dates back to the 17th century. Pithariou monastery, protected by walls and nestled in the trees of the valley, was later on a project undertaken by Turkish officials. It contains a plethora of fascinating holy icons and wall paintings and, Pithari was a centre for the reformation of priests between the years 1938-40! Other than historical finds, Pithari also contains some interesting geological finds – there is even a ‘Stone Room’ – a room full of stones where one can examine precious and semi-precious stones and fossils. Don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful icon of Mary (‘Panayia’) in the main chapel.
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