The Northern Aegean Islands

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  • 1. Kastro

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    A 13th-century Byzantine-Genoese fortified castle is a magnetic presence when seen from below, and a drive or walk to the hilltop landmark affords...Read More

  • 2. Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest

    Educational Institution

    Don't miss these excellent displays, where you can learn how trees in the nearby forest were petrified and where petrified tree trunks can be...Read More

  • 3. Petrified Forest

    Forest

    Conifer trees fossilized by volcanic ash up to 20 million years ago litter a hillside above Sigri. If you're expecting a thick woods, you might...Read More

  • 4. Acropolis of Eresos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Ancient Eresos crowned a hillside overlooking the sea, and sections of the pre-classical walls, medieval castle ruins, and the AD 5th-century...Read More

  • 5. Agios Isidoris

    Beach–Sight

    The beach strip just east of Plomari is backed by low-key hotels and tavernas. Though the setting is hardly remote, the sea washing onto the...Read More

  • 6. Ancient Theater

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This vestige of ancient Mytilini is within a pine grove and freely accessible. One of the largest theaters in ancient Greece is from the Hellenistic...Read More

  • 7. Archaeological Museum of Mytileni

    Museum/Gallery

    In a 1912 neoclassical mansion, the island's archaeological museum displays finds from the neolithic through the Roman eras, a period of some...Read More

  • 8. Ayios Therapon

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The enormous five-domed post-baroque church of Ayios Therapon, completed in 1935, was designed by architect Argyris Adalis, an islander who...Read More

  • 9. Eftalou

    Beach–Sight

    Just to the east of Molyvos is this nice, empty stretch of coastline, blessed not just with a beach but with thermal mineral baths. You can...Read More

  • 10. Eresos

    Town/Village

    The old village of Eresos, separated from the coast by a large plain, was developed to protect its inhabitants from pirate raids. Along the...Read More

  • 11. Ermou

    Neighborhood/Street

    Stroll the main bazaar street, Ermou, which goes from the port on the north side of town to the port on the south side. Walk past the fish market...Read More

  • 12. Faneromeni

    Beach–Sight

    An end-of-the-world atmosphere prevails at this lovely stretch of sand at the far west of the island just north of Sigri, punctuated by a rocky...Read More

  • 13. Gera Bay Hot Springs

    Bath/Hot Spring

    The island's most deluxe hot springs are just east of town on the Gulf of Gera and include indoor-outdoor soaking tubs, a spa, and a chic outdoor...Read More

  • 14. Hot Springs of Polichnitos

    Bath/Hot Spring

    Tucked into the mountains along the main road you'll follow into Vatera are some of the hottest springs in Europe. They bubble up into a pastel...Read More

  • 15. Kastro

    Military Site

    The pine-covered headland between the bays—a nice spot for a picnic—supports a Kastro, a stone fortress with intact walls that seem to protect...Read More

  • 16. Leimonos Monastery

    Library/Archive

    This stunning 16th-century complex houses 40 chapels and an impressive collection of precious objects. Founded by St. Ignatios Agalianos on...Read More

  • 17. Musée–Bibliothèque Tériade

    Museum/Gallery

    The home of Stratis Eleftheriadis, better known by his French name, Tériade, houses a luminous collection of French art, much of which appeared...Read More

  • 18. Museum of Theophilos

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum, sitting amid olive groves, houses a large number of the eponymous artist's "naive," precise neo-Hellenic works, detailing the everyday...Read More

  • 19. Panayia Vrefokratousa

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This walled compound in the village center was founded in the 12th century to house an icon of the Virgin Mary, believed to be the work of St...Read More

  • 20. Roman aqueduct

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Moria's Roman aqueduct dates back to the 2nd century, and the 17 arches that remain demonstrate how magnificent the structure was in its heyday...Read More

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