Lesvos - spring on an Aegean island
Carpets of flowers, olive groves and birding on the beautiful island of Lesvos in the Aegean Sea.
Lesvos is still an undiscovered island for many, despite being the third largest in Greece and close to the Turkish mainland. It is relatively undeveloped and retains its rural culture, interspersed with a few attractive towns and villages. In early May, the tourist season is only just beginning and there is a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere at a time when the flowers and birds are at their best. The countryside is covered in a colourful display of shrubs, perennials and annuals and the birdsong adds a delightful background to quiet walks through olive groves, meadows and woods or along the coast. Our search for the island’s wildlife will take us to some interesting landscapes and historical sites.
From our two bases, in the sleepy village of Skala Kalloni and the pleasant fishing harbour of Molyvos we will explore the lovely island of Lesvos, one of the largest in the Aegean. The island is justifiably famous for its birdlife and we have timed this holiday to catch the best of the northwards spring migration and the arrival of many birds that will breed on the island, as well as the wonderful carpets of spring flowers.
During the week we will be visiting many parts of the island – visiting the rolling hills, pastures and rocky landscapes of the west, and the sweet chestnut and pine woods of the southern mountains. We will explore the rivers, lagoons and reedbeds around Skala Kalloni, and the coastal ‘shrublands’ full of orchids and birdsong. Excursions will take us to a peaceful monastery set in a beautiful valley and to a partly deserted village with wonderful views of the coast.
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