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Walking in Lesvos
Lesvos is a wonderfully unspoilt island, one of very few of the Greek islands that has been little affected by mass tourism. It offers beautiful beaches, timeless traditional villages, small scenic harbours, a wonderful coastline and a lush spectacular interior; rolling fertile valleys, rich woodlands, salt marshes, streams, seasonal rivers, flat lands, wetlands, hills and high mountains. This magnificent nature, spectacular scenery and host of ancient tracks make Lesvos an ideal destination for walking. In May you will be accompanied by the exceptional colours of spring and, in both spring and autumn, you will have the opportunity to spot a wide vareity of bird life as Lesvos is an annual resting place during the spring and autumn migration.
Our base for these walks is the tiny village resort of Petra, situated on the island's north coast. Our routes will take us along mule tracks and stone paths, through ancient olive groves and pine forests. We will enjoy some spectacular coastal scenery and beautiful views following trails to historic monasteries, pretty churches and traditional villages.
The itinerary includes 5 guided walks, graded easy to medium, covering a distance of 6 to 12 kilometres a day on sometimes undulating paths. Lunches will be arranged in local tavernas on our walking days and a welcome dinner is included on the first evening. Clients should be in good health. Walking boots are advisable as the terrain can be uneven at times and boots provide the best protection for such terrain.
- Return charter flights from London Gatwick to Lesvos, including all payable taxes
- 7 nights' accommodation in standard room on bed and breakfast basis at 3-star Michaelia Hotel, Petra, based on occupancy of a twin/double room
- Welcome dinner and 5 lunches (either picnic or taverna lunches)
- Entrance fees
- Transfers and excursions as detailed
- Tour manager and guide throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Regional flight supplement (available on request)
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
- Porterage and gratuities
Your guide for Lesvos is Els Maes. Els was born in Holland but moved to Lesvos in 1985 after she finished her studies. It was in Petra, the base for our tour, where she settled after falling in love, both with her future husband and the island. She has worked in a variety of tourism positions since settling in Lesvos but her passion for the great outdoors and the island’s wonderful nature inspired her to become involved in guiding walks as well. Els’ knowledge of the island, its exceptional nature, wonderful walking paths, its local culture and friendly people will be sure to enhance your stay here.
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Mytilene, Lesvos (regional flight from Manchester available on request and subject to supplement).
Transfer to Michaelia Hotel in Petra, (approximately one hour), for 7 night stay on bed and breakfast basis. Welcome dinner (included).
Day 2: Exploring the local countryside. Circular walk from Petra via Lafionas and Agios Alexandros.
Day 3: Transfer to Kalloni from where we follow a gentle route to three monasteries. Our walk finishes at the sea in Skala where we will have time for lunch and a swim.
Day 4: Transfer by bus to the traditional mountain village of Agiassos, which we will have time to explore before beginning our walk. Following paved paths and rural roads we pass through forests and enjoy spectacular views of the bay of Gera and the coastline of Turkey.
Day 5: Free day
Day 6: Transfer to Agia Paraskevi from where we follow rural paths to Prini. From Prini we continue through olive groves to the archaeological site of Klopedi with its ancient Aeolian temple ruins. From Klopedi we descend to the Papa Lakos region and the Tsiknia River following a dirt road to the stone bridge of Kremasti, an architectural monument built in the middle ages.
Day 7: Anemotia to Parakila. This region has an abundance of water so we see plenty of plane trees, oleanders, and willows during our walk as well as the only black pine forest on the island – a rare sight in the Aegean islands.
Day 8: Transfer back to Mytilene for return flight.
NB: The itinerary may vary according to local conditions and guide's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 20 passengers.
Located only 10 metres away from the beach and 150 metres from the centre of Petra the Michaelia Hotel offers a restaurant terrace with sea view, bar, rock garden with live fish, living room terrace facing the pool and the hotel garden and swimming pool with jacuzzi and waterfalls. The bedrooms all offer en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, refrigerator and individual balcony or terrace.
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My longstanding wish to visit Lesvos was fulfilled.The walks were well chosen; only one was a little strenuous. I wish that on the free day there had been the option of visiting Mytiline. Petra is tiny, with nothing to do and I could find no public bus service.