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Lesvos: Way out west

Petrified forest and the birthplace of Sappho

This is a photography of Natura 2000 protected area with ID

The northwest quarter of Lésvos is dramatic, volcanic and noticeably less humid. Despite its barren appearance, it is brimming with unusual wild herbs and birdlife: rose-coloured starlings, bee eaters, hoopoes and pairs of golden orioles. Until modern times it was the home of wild horses – some believe they may be the last link with the horse-breeding culture of the Troad in the late Bronze Age, mentioned in the Iliad.

Heading west from Skalachóri once exported oak from the port Kaló Limáni, recalling a time when the forests were thick here. On the coast to the west, ancient Ántissa was the first Aeolian colony, founded on an islet in the 10th century, and later violently joined to Lésvos in an earthquake.

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Lesvos

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by C messier, Gustave Moreau , Henricus Laurentius (editor), Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Lesvosreisen GmbH, Tomisti, Wikiwand