Worth a visit

The Petrified Forest is one of the most beautiful monuments of global geological heritage. It extends over the northwestern portion of Lesvos, in a region covered almost exclusively by volcanic stone.
The protected area encompasses 150,000 square meters.
The Petrified Forest was created during the intense volcanic activity that occurred throughout the greater northeastern Aegean region 20 million years ago. The volcanic eruptions at that time caused enormous quantities of lava and ash to flow from volcanic vents, covering the center of Lesvos around these vents with molten lava, and the more distant regions with a thick layer of ash.
Abundant petrified tree-trunks in very good condition can be seen submerged in the sea at a depth of 30 meters. The largest concentration of these has been recorded west of the little island of Nisiopi, opposite Sigri. Tree trunks with 2½-meter diameters have been found on the seabed. These finds corroborate the theory of the continuity of the Petrified Forest in this particular underwater region.
In addition to tree trunks, systematic excavations here in recent years have uncovered petrified roots, fruit, branches and leaves.

Opening hours of the Geopark:
Summerperiod: Mon- Sun. 08.30- 19.00
Winterperiod: Mon- Fri 08.30- 16.30
For more information visit the website: http://www.petrifiedforest.gr/ or call 22530 54434

This museum displays the paintings of the famous local folk artist Theophilos. In operation since 1965, you will find it nestled in a verdant olive grove in the Mytilene suburb of Vareia.

Vareia, Mytilene
22510 41644
Opening hours:
Tue- Sun, 10.00-16.00, Monday: closed




The Museum and Library are housed in the same building as the Theophilos Museum. Sixteen of its 20 rooms display the 29 books by the prominent art critic and publisher Eleftheriadis-Tériade, with illustrations by famous 20th century artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Villon, Leger, Matisse, and others. Each room has a showcase containing one of his books, intact. The surrounding walls display most of the book’s plates and pages, as well as paintings by the renowned Greek painter Yannis Tsarouchis.

Opening hours: Tue- Sun 9.00 - 14.00 and 17.00- 20.00, Monday: closed
22510 41644
Vareia, Mytilene
(next to the Theofilos Museum)

Adjacent to the modern, distilleries of distillery Barbayanni, is the Museum of Ouzo Barbayanni 's family, the oldest (founded in 1860). The museum exhibits the first tools were used for the bottling and affixing the label and the first pot of Barbayanni's family.

τηλ.: 22520 32741
Opening hours:
1 April - 15 October: Monday - Friday 9.00-16.00
16 October - 31 March: Monday - Friday 10.00-14.00
Saturday - Sunday and Holiday, on request.

This majestic church is one of Mytilene’s landmarks. Built by the local architect Argyris Adalis, it was inaugurated in 1935. Its primary architectural style is cruciform with a central dome. The exterior decoration is the work of another local painter and sculptor, Nikolaous Kesanlis. The carved wooden templon dates from 1915 and was executed by Dimitrios Kovalas.



The Museum of the Lesvos Olive Oil Industry created and run by the Piraeus Club Cultural Foundation (PIOP). This cultural complex is housed in the renovated facilities of an old communal olive oil press, whose use has been turned over to the Foundation by the Municipality. The project was included in the 2000-2006 Northern Aegean Regional Investment Program and was funded by the 3rd Community Support Framework. The Museum is part of the PIOP network of museums of industry and technology and is an extension the project of the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta (Peloponnesus).

Tel. 22530 32300
Opening hours:
Daily 10.00- 18.00, Tuesday: closed

This is the place for archeological excavations, medieval memories and golden glints on the blue Aegean Sea.
Welcome to enchanting Molyvos, one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Its traditional settlement, organized social life and hospitable residents will win your heart from the very first.
The city of Mithymna – today’s Molyvos – is located on the northwestern tip of the island. Archeological finds show that this village has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and was a very important city in antiquity.
Its architectural appearance is living proof of its eventful and tumultuous history. The city-state, which was embedded in the cliff-face and dominated by the medieval fortress, reached to the sea.
Today’s settlement extends around and beneath the medieval fortress. All the houses are constructed of stone or wood, and densely situated amid a network of kalderimia. The overall picture of the village, with its courtyards and balconies, is not only uniquely beautiful but also a most interesting example of town planning, well-deserving of its protected status.
Many mansions in Molyvos date from the late 18th century. One of these is the Giannakos Mansion, which is decorated with ornate murals.

Opening hours : Mon. 13.30-20.00, Tue.-Sun.: 08.00-20.00
Tel.: 2253071803


(10th klm on the Mytilene – Kalloni road)
These are the island’s leading thermal baths with visitors in excess of 10,000 annually. The water gushes from marble spouts into two separate tanks (men’s and women’s), creating a natural hydro-massage. The ideal temperature makes for extraordinarily pleasurable bathing. Be sure to take advantage of the relaxing massage from the magic hands of Mayia.
On the roof you’ll find a snack bar and restaurant with a panoramic view of the bay.
Temperature: 40° C
Radioactivity: 1.8 units
Open all year
22510 41503

Upon leaving Polichnitos on the way to Vatera, take the side road to the hot spring facilities. Numerous mineral springs bubble up through porous volcanic protogenic and secondary rock. One of the hottest springs in Europe, the temperature of the water here ranges from 67° C to 92° C (the temperature in the baths is between 42° C and 44° C) and is enriched with a natural radioactivity of 15-25 MACHE units. The saline spa is on a par with Wiesbaden in Germany.
The Polichnitos hot springs were used during the Ottoman Occupation, but only two pools have been in use since 1959.
Temperature: 42° C
Radioactivity: 1.6 - 6 units

Open all year
22520 41229
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The monastery’s original church was built prior to the 18th century, but was completely reconstructed in 1879. According to legend, the relief icon of the Archangel Michael was moulded from clay and blood. The church contains the prelatic vestment of the martyred Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory V, a national and ecclesiastical relic.

Near the village of Lampou Myloi are the remains of the Aqueduct, a work of superior technical mastery that was built in the 3rd century BC. The Aqueduct ran from Agiassos to Mytilene. Its arcade, stone blocks, piers, abaci and arches that comprised it were made from grey Lesbian marble. In its entirety it resembled the propylaia of a classical temple or palace. It began at the foot of Mt Olympos at Tsingos and traversed 26 kilometers, supplying water to Mytilene by a succession of underground ceramic culverts, channels carved in the cliff-face, and arches. The incline running the entire distance was designed in such a way that the water flowed in unhindered abundance. It was channeled from the Mytilene cistern to the city’s fountains, spas and estates.
Sections of the Aquaduct (17 arches, 170 meters long) are visible near the village of Moria. The fish tavernas here are especially favored by the locals. Octopus hang in the sun, little boats sway in the picturesque harbor lined with interesting stone factory buildings, and honeysuckle and jasmine perfume the well-tended gardens. This is one of the island’s most scenic harbors, with many tavernas and cafés right on the embankment.