6 h. tour (Private tour)
(Transportation + guidance all the way + Monastery of St. Raphael + Mantamados + Sykamia + Molyvos)
We can arrange for you a private tour that will take you to all the highlights of the northern side of the island of Lesvos.
As soon as you disembark your cruise ship, you will be met by your guide and then drive with your private transportation vehicle to the monastery of St. Raphael. The modern monastery is built on the foundations of a monastery of the Byzantine era that was destroyed from the Ottomans in 1463.
After a short stop at the monastery, you will continue to the graphic village of Mantamados, famous for its production of meat and dairy products, pottery workshops, but most important of all, "loukoumades"(Greek donuts). There you will have a chance to taste them. You will then continue your drive to the village of Sykamia and you will see the famous chapel of Panagia Gorgona, built on the rock at the entrance of the small haven. This was the inspiration for the famous Greek writer Stratis Myrivilis to write his masterpiece "The Mermaid Madonna".
From Sykamia you will proceed with the drive to one of the most beautiful places of Lesvos, the village of Molyvos. Traditional architecture is what you will see there, with houses built from rock and wood and painted with vivid colors, stone paved narrow streets, churches and beautiful beaches, and on top of all of these the majestic Byzantine castle overviewing the village.
On the way back to Mytilene from Molyvos you will have a chance to see on the way several other traditional villages as you will pass by them. You will be dropped off at the port of Mytilene to embark your cruise ship on time or if you have time, walk and explore Mytilene town on your own and probably have a glass of "ouzo", which is being produced on the island, before you leave.