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!
Narrow Nisopi island creates one of the best natural harbours in the Aegean, shielding the safe haven of Sigri from the waves that break on the west coast of Lesvos. Sigri takes its name from the Greek word of Venetian origin ‘siguro’ meaning safe due to its natural defences; the Romans thought it a perfect place to trade safely away from the constant attack from pirates! To our knowledge it was defeated by pirates only once in 1667.
The ruins of its Ottoman fort built in 1757 by Souleyman Pasas still protect the town from prevailing winds today! Towards the end of the Ottoman empire, Turks constituted the majority of inhabitants so look out for the mosque, the hammam, muslim school and the ancient aqueducts! The Greeks only moved back to Sigri in the early 20th century with the Population Exchange from Asia Minor. On the peak of Mount Ordymnos behind Sigri town, in the village of Andissa, discover the Byzantine Ypsilou Monastery dedicated to St John the Theologian which dates back to before 800AD. It still stands despite having been ravaged by Turkish invaders and being devastated by fire in the post-Byzantine years!
Besides its gripping socio-political history, Sigri’s Museum of Natural History will give you an insight into the mystery of the famous Petrified Forest of Lesvos which lies right above this coastal town. This excellent museum displays many of the fossils that have been found in the western region of the island. For those looking to expand their knowledge even further, there is also a small exhibition on the main forest site some 10 miles from Sigri.
Sigri has a laid-back feel with intrepid travellers sunbathing or swimming at its secluded beaches and exploring the surrounding nature. The fishing town has an array of summer tavernas: on the beachfront or tucked away in town! We also strongly recommend a trip to one of our favourite beaches 4 kilometres away from Sigri: the sandy paradise of Faneromeni. Beer-buffs can sample some of the finest beers and ales in all of Greece at Nissiopi Brewery near Sigri, a pop-up brewery that operates annually. Whenever you’re in the mood, try this local craft beer sold in many restaurants around the island!
Sigri – a window onto the pre-history of Lesvos.
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