LESBOS South - Vasilika

As you are travelling on the main road that leads to Polichnitos and the coastal village of Vatera you come through the top end of the Vasilika village.  It looks like it is rolling down the hill with its traditional houses having panoramic views of the Gulf of Kalloni.

Nowadays it is a quiet traditional village, known by this royal name because royals of the Byzantine times were exiled here (Irene the Athenian and Constantine VIII the Monomahos) and of course of the royal estates all around the hills. In the past Vasilika, was a thriving industrial town due to the magnesite quarries, which now are no longer in use.  

The intervening land between Vasilika and Skala Vasilikon is a vast olive grove which is owned in lots by the villagers from generation to generation. The waterfalls at Makri are also of great beauty and worth visiting.

Getting back on the main road heading for Polichnitos, on your left you can see the signs directing you to Melanda. It is a detour worth taking because it will lead you to the country church of St. George, which belongs to the Parish of Vasilika. Exceptionally the Saint’s day here is not celebrated on the usual St. George’s Day but on the first Monday after the Greek Easter.

On the way there you will be able to enjoy the countryside and do a little bird spotting too. Many years back this was a small monastery hence the rooms which are situated at the far end of the well kept gardens. Nowadays there is a resident nun living there ( Sister Markia) and the rooms are used free of charge by anyone who wishes to stay for a few days of quiet reflection. Over the years the rooms had fallen to disrepair but recently through donations from pilgrims the restoration of the rooms has started with noticeable results . Donations are always gratefully received so the restoration can continue.

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