TSALIS TOURS ΕΛΑΒΕ ΚΡΑΤΙΚΗ ΕΝΙΣΧΥΣΗ ΑΠΟ ΤΟ ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ «ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗ ΓΥΝΑΙΚΕΙΑΣ ΑΠΑΣΧΟΛΗΣΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΕΠΙΧΕΙΡΗΜΑΤΙΚΟΤΗΤΑΣ» ΠΟΥ ΣΥΓΧΡΗΜΑΤΟΔΟΤΕΙΤΑΙ ΑΠΟ ΤΟ ΕΥΡΩΠΑΪΚΟ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΟ ΤΑΜΕΙΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΔΗΜΟΣΙΟ
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The size of the island means that it is well worthwhile pre-planning your trips, and to help you in this respect our suggestions of places to visit are divided into the three geographical areas.

The West
• Campos beach (northwest coast) 5kms of golden sand. Unspoilt (no facilities).
• Gavathas (northwest coast). Small fishing village. Couple of good cheap tavernas. Good lunch spot for visits to nearby Campos.
• Perivolis Monastery (on road to Sigri). Atop an extinct volcano. Impressive church. Lovely courtyard & small museum.
• Petrified Forest (on road to Sigri). Second largest site of Petrified trees in world (single largest petrified tree trunk). Water required on hot days.
• Sigri (far northwest coast). Traditional fishing village with ruins of Byzantine castle. Nice, small sandy town beach. Good cheap fish tavernas.
• Skala Eressos (far southwest coast). Birthplace of poetess Sappho. Long sandy beach. Good selection of restaurants, bars & tavernas.

The Centre/South
• Skala Kalloni (on the bay). Popular resort with long sandy beach. Large main square. Many beach front tavernas/restaurants.
• Kalloni (5km inland from Skala) Commercial centre. Good shops, and coffee stops.
• Parakoila (on the bay – west of Skala). Small traditional village. Look out for the only remaining intact Turkish minaret on the island (just after the village on the bay side).
• Milelia (after Keramia on the road to Agiasos). Site of a restored 16th century watermill (shop to buy local pasta).
• Karini (on the road to Agiasos). Not a village – just a couple of tavernas next to a small stream. An oasis. The faded murals of local artist Theophilos can be seen on exterior walls.
• Agiasos (on the slopes of Mount Olympos). Traditional mountain village. Magnificent church with icon painted by one of the apostles. Local crafts: pottery, woodcarving, lacemaking. Good tavernas.
• Thermi (Gulf of Gera – on road to Mitilini). Working Turkish baths (segregated male/female). Small beach onto bay. Taverna.
• Mitilini (southeast coast). Capital. Commercial centre. Character-full main shopping street – interesting to browse, but not geared for tourists (clothes shops quite reasonable). Lovely harbour with tavernas, bars & restaurants. Museums & art galleries.
• Moria (just north of Mitilini) Traditional village. On outskirts remains of Roman Acqueduct (very impressive).

The North
• Stipsi (behind Petra). Traditional village. Centre of honey production. Road through leads to other small villages – Ipsilometopo, Pelopi, Kapi – then to:
• Mandamados. Two small potteries (on outskirts of village) – good quality, cheap local ceramics. Taxiarchis Monastery.
• Skala Sikaminia (north coast). Picture postcard fishing village, with church on a rock! Harbourside tavernas. Small beach nearby.
• Eftalou (north coast). Thermal baths & clean pebble beaches. Couple of tavernas in area.


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