Pandora Travel Lesvos

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Pandora’s Nature tours 

Our nature tours cover the whole island. You can combine them as you like! 
And when you agree with us that one day is not enough to explore the beauty of Lesvos’ nature, we are happy to create a tour with overnight along the track. For example at Toumba, an amazing ecological farm in the mountains of South Lesvos. 

The starting point depends on your where-about, the price on the amount of participants. Just contact us for a tailor made adventure!

Pandora’s crystal tour
This is an unforgettable nature tour through the green south of Lesvos. We drive through the pine forest along Megalo Limni, to the marble top of Mount Olympos (968 meters), through the chestnut forest behind Agiasos to a old quartz rock quarry and to the mineral stone beach of Melinta. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a late lunch. On the way back you will follow the coastline of the Kalloni Gulf, passing Skala Polichnitos, Skamnioudi and Skala Vassilikon.

Wild horses tour
This is an adventurous tour through the beautiful nature of North East and Central Lesvos. We will visit the medieval bridge of Kremasti, the ruins of a basilica, the waterfalls of Man’Katsa and the clay pools in the area of Palios (breeding area of the Ruddy Shelduck). With a bit of luck you will see the wild horses in the area of Mantamados. Enjoy a typical Greek lunch in Aspropotamos. In this area there a several amazing sandy beaches for a refreshing swim.

To the green West
This is an unforgettable nature tour through the volcanic landscape of West Lesvos. It takes you to a fairytale forest with volcanic rocks and unique flora, like black pine trees and the yellow rhododendrons which flower in April-May, to the top of Mount Ilias (895 meters high), to the famous taverna of Liota, the sandy beach covered by pieces of petrified forest in Kambos and to Ancient Antissa, where according to mythology the head and lyre of Orpheus washed ashore.

Into the volcano
Discover the amazing ‘moonscape’ of West Lesvos on this spectacular nature tour. We drive through the crater of the former volcano of Agra; a very bold area with green oases in between. Along the track we will stop in the mountain village Agra, the beaches of Chroussos and Podaras and the charming harbor of Apothikes.

To the amazing South East
Join us on a nature trip to the area south of the capital Mytilene! The harbours of Kountouroudia and Skala Loutron along the Gulf of Gera, the breathtaking beach of Agios Ermogenis, the chapel of Panagia Amalis in the pine forest, the mountain top of Profitis Ilias above the capital city and much, much more. This is a trip with amazing views, which is also perfect for day-visitors who want something different from the regular excursions.

Agii Anargyroi, Karionas, Katsinia & Perama
This nature tour brings you to the tranquil green oasis of Agii Anargyroi, a beautiful place of pilgrimage and relaxation, then through the impressive mountains of Mixou and the chestnut forest behind Agiasos. We pass Karionas on our way to the south coast to visit the beaches of Fara and Tsilia. After lunch in Avlonas we return along the coast of the Gulf of Gera.

Two days nature around Gera
Combine the two nature tours of Pandora Travel along the Bay of Gera with an overnight stay at Toumba, the horse farm in the mountains close to Milies. You’ll spend the night in a beautiful lodge with breathtaking views over the south coast, far away from civilization. The first day we will drive to the tranquil green oasis of Agii Anargyroi, a beautiful place of pilgrimage and relaxation, then through the impressive mountains of Mixou and the chestnut forest behind Agiasos. We then descend to the south coast to visit the the beaches of Fara and Tsilia. After lunch in Avlonas we visit the ruins of the watermill at Skopelos on our way to Toumba.

On day two, after breakfast at Toumba it is time for another amazing trip to the beautiful and historic village of Skopelos, to Perama and along Gera’s west shore to the harbors of Kountouroudia and Skala Loutron on the opposite side of the Gulf. We visit the breathtaking beach of Agios Ermogenis, the chapel of Panagia Amalis in the pine forest, the mountain top of Profitis Ilias above the capital city and much, much more.
Be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime!

South West Adventure Tour
2 days/1 night getaway
This getaway takes you off the beaten track and shows you the green South and the volcanic West part of Lesvos. Be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime.
Highlights of the first day are visiting the ruins of the Ottoman village of Klapados, climbing to the snow-white marble top of Mt. Olympos, driving through a chestnut forest and swimming in the crystal blue water of Melinta beach.
Spend the night in a comfortable bed in the middle of the farmland of Lisvori, just a three minutes walk from the sandy beach. Overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast are included!
The second day we visit a botanical paradise in the volcanic west part of the island. Lunch will be served under the giant plane tree in Liota. There will be a chance to swim on the white sandy beach of Kambos.

 

Pandora’s fishing experience

We offer you the opportunity to experience the life of the local fishermen. Mitsos Koularas is a fisherman in the Gulf of Kalloni. He operates from the tiny harbor of Skamnioudi, close to Lisvori and Polichnitos. Mitsos welcomes you on board!

Tailor made
It is up to you: join him at night, chasing the fish and laying the nets: early in the morning, collecting the nets and sorting the catch: or during the day, cleaning the nets, collecting seafood, relaxing and swimming. You decide which time and excursion suits you best.

The boat
Mitsos’s fishing boat is 8 meters long. It is a modern ship with cabin, licensed to carry ten guests. There is a sonar fishing computer on board, which checks the depth of the seawater, and helps find the shoals of fish.

The catch
The fishermen of the Gulf of Kalloni catch several kinds of fish and seafood: octopus, cuttlefish, bream, sardines, sole, sea brass, wild shrimps, scorpion fish, red and grey mullet, picarel, pandora, wild mussels, oysters, scallops, sea urchins....

The catering
Mitsos will love to serve you some ‘mezes’ on board, accompanied by a glass of ouzo, wine, beer or coffee. The owners of the nearby taverna Meltemi are happy to grill or fry your catch.

About the area
The area of Skamnioudi/Lisvori is famous for the delicious crops which the farmers cultivate in this area: chickpeas, anise (the main flavouring for ouzo), cumin, spring onions, and, of course, olives. In the winter time fishermen with a special licence (like Mitsos) exchange their nets for a diving suit to collect mussels, oysters, scallops and other seafood. The philosopher Aristotle spent a part of his life around the Gulf to analyze the way of reproduction of cuttlefish. That is why the Gulf is also called ‘Aristotle’s Lagoon’.

About Mitsos
Mitsos Koularas was born in 1977 as the son of a farmer who had just returned to his native island from his migration adventure in South Africa. He was raised in Lisvori, and never left. Mitsos has a double job: he is a farmer with 600 olive trees as well as a fisherman/diver. In 2007 he met his wife Sigrid van der Zee, the owner and founder of Pandora Travel. A year after they met their son Nikolas was born.

The price
Pandora Travel is happy to create a tailor made expedition just for you, or for a group of people (a maximum 10 guests are allowed on board). We can also arrange accommodation close to the harbor, if you would like to stay a bit longer or you want to be close by for an early morning trip. The price depends of course on your personal wishes.

 

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