Having visited the island of Lesvos for a number
of years and at different times, we thought a
personal website of our trips would help visitors
who have not yet experienced this beautiful island
to see what they are missing, but would also remind
those who have visited of some of the more memorable
sites and sounds.
For those who have not visited the island we
would strongly recommend acquiring a copy of the
following to aid your trip planning:
Birding Guide To Lesvos - Steve Dudley
of Europe North Africa and the Middle East - Pierre
tours and walks – Sunflower (Brian and Eileen
Edition map of Lesvos no.212, 1:70000
The island is deceptively large, and although
the road network is continuously being improved
you can find yourself spending a great deal of
time driving from one site to another, so having
a couple of plans is a good idea. The daily report
books in the Pasiphae, Malemi and Skala Kalloni
II hotels can help tremendously if checked out
the previous evening to plan your following day.
We have seen many a stressed birdwatcher driving
off in a cloud of dust when they find out that
a particular bird has turned up on the opposite
side of the island!
We tend to enjoy visiting a few favourite sites
and make a day of them. However if the weather
gets warm birding early in the morning and later
in the evening can be most productive, so perhaps
looking for other wildlife during the middle of
the day can help pass the time. We also like to
find areas that are not so much on the main visitors
trail, and finding your own nesting Kruper’s
Nuthatch with more or less no one else around
is very enjoyable. 2007 saw the Achladeri site
chicks leave the nest in the first days of May,
however, we left on the 10th and ours were still
being frantically fed, as often as every 3 to
4 minutes at times…
The island has some dramatic scenery, in part
due to the huge volcanic eruption there some 20
000 000 years ago. The west of the island is very
barren in places, with localised green areas along
river valleys, which are usually very bird productive,
and this is where the petrified forest can be
found (there is even a big piece of tree by the
side of the track between Eressos and Sigri) The
middle of the island is predominately olive groves
and farm land of various uses, and Skala Kalloni
makes for a good central location with it’s
two rivers and salt pans to hand. The mountains
around Agiassos are one of our favourite places,
and hold a wonderful selection of flowers and
plants including fritillaries and peonies, but
most especially the orchids. There are also some
more localised birds their including Bonelli’s
Warbler and Hawfinch.
Whatever you are coming to the island for, it
holds many surprises, and we hope this site makes
you look forward all the more to your visit.
Our holiday plans are usually based on staying
at two locations on the island.
Sigri - You can spend a more leisurely time in
the west of the island where sites such as Ipsilou
(15 minutes drive) Faneromini fords (less than
5 minutes drive) Meladia ford (20 minutes drive)
can easily be reached earlier in the morning than
most visitors and later in the evening when the
birds can be more visible and less disturbed.
We stay with Anastasia in her apartments half
way between Sigri and Faneromini and this can
be booked through her daughter sara on firstname.lastname@example.org
Skala Kalloni - Being based here allows you access
to the bird rich locations around this location,
plus sites such as Achladeri and the Napi valley.
We stay at the Oasis apartments at the entrance
to the Potamia valley.
Paul and Vera Manning.
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