Well not so Grand in a Nissan Micra
25.05.2014 - 25.05.2014 28 °C
On Sunday, we checked out of the Blue Sea at midday and walked all of 25 metres to collect our Nissan Micra rental for a 3-day tour around Lesvos - the Discover Travel Agency were really professional and friendly and amazingly for Europe, they had several automatic cars for normal rental fees.
First stop just out of town was the Ancient Theatre, though we're not sure if we actually saw it as the markers disappeared and all we came across was a fenced hole n the ground with a few column stumps. However we did find the Roman Aqueduct a few kms further along, down a dusty side road near Moria and even though it was obvious that hardly anyone goes there, it was pretty impressive. Built in the 3rd century BC, it carried water 25km from Mt Olympos to Mytilene
Next was the Pre-Historic Bronze Age site at Thermi, only a few kilometers further north along the coast. If you like archaeology, this is a significnt site and is badly advertised/promoted by the Lesvos Government. This bronze age settlement spanned 1200 years from 3200 BC to 2000 BC and was excavated by Winifred Lamb from 1929 to 1933. There is no entrance fee, there is a good presentation DVD and the sole caretaker of the site is enthusiastic and helpful. Not to be missed
Mandamados was supposed to be worth a visit but it wasn't, so we continued over the mountains and down to the coast at Skala Sykaminias, an absolutely stunning little fishing harbour (very Cornish!)
The road from there through the mountains to Molyvos was simply one of the finest mountain/coastal roads I've ever been on
And so we ended up at the Sea Horse Hotel (60 euros for the night), right on Molyvos Harbour. This whole north-east coast is truly remarkable