LESBOS West - Sigri

Sigri is located on the South West part of Lesvos, almost 100 km from Mytilini and just 26km from Skala Eressos. It is home to a number of natural phenomena and monuments which should not be missed. The name of Sigri comes from the Latin word 'securo' which means safe harbour or haven. Coming into the village, you will first see the little harbour with its colourful fishing boats. There is a also a dock for the Ferries which arrive from mainland Greece. The beach here is wonderful for sunbathing and very safe for children with shallow slopes into the clean waters. The main square of the village has a view over the bay and fishing harbour. Here you will find bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.  For the birdwatchers that visit Lesvos in the Spring and Autumn it’s the ideal place for raptor observation. For more information check:

PLACES TO VISIT

THE CASTLE:  It is actually an Ottoman fort, which was built back in the long Turkish occupation of the island. It's main walls stand proud on the edge of the bay of Sigri and whilst inside there is little to see, it really is worth a visit.

THE PETRIFIED FOREST and its MUSEUM : On the road from Andissa, 4km before the village you will find the incredible Petrified Forest. In the village of Sigri itself there is the new museum dedicated to the forest which hosts a wealth of information as well as some stunning examples of petrified wood. The Museum was established in 1994 to study, research, promote, preserve and conserve the unique Petrified Forest of Lesvos, a designated Protected Natural Monument.

NISSIOPI ISLAND: Looking out to Sea from the shores of Sigri you will see the small islands which protect the bay and here lies a fascinating wealth of culture and tradition seldom seen or known in the outside world. The larger of the two islands is Nissiopi, and is host to one of the few remaining manned lighthouses, and also to the most natural phenomenon of petrified stones. The fossilised trees lay undisturbed as they fell millions of years ago in the shallow waters surrounding the island. There is a small beach here where you can while away the hours, but do be warned, Nissiopi is without shade and rarely allows visitors. If you wish to see the stones, please ask first. The smaller island which hides from view unless looking from the main beach towards the open sea is the place where Seagulls go to die.

 

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