Nestled in the eastern and southeastern part of Lesvos, the Gulf of Gera, one of the two Gulfs of Lesvos, is a well-kept secret, often overshadowed by more popular destinations. However, for those seeking an authentic and enchanting experience, this area proves to be a hidden gem waiting to be explored.

A beautiful scenery in Lesvos

Travel to Gera

The Gulf of Gera stretches like a picturesque fjord, with its narrow “neck” and a breathtaking panorama of endless olive groves gently descending to meet the crystal-clear waters. The bay, often likened to a lake, is adorned by small islands that stand like sentinels in the channel, creating a surreal and tranquil atmosphere.

The journey to this earthly paradise begins on the Mytilene-Skopelos Provincial Road, offering travelers an awe-inspiring view of the Gulf of Gera, also known as the Gulf of Olives. The route takes you through charming villages, each with its own unique character and historical significance.

Palaiokipo, the first village on the route, welcomes visitors with its labyrinthine alleys and the Church of Agios Ermolaos, a protected monument dating back to the 18th century. Plakados, the smallest village, perches on a green hill, offering a serene escape. Papados, with its impressive mansions and the Vrana Olive Mill-Museum, invites you to delve into the island’s rich olive cultivation tradition.

Mesagros, strategically built amphitheatrically, provides a panoramic view of the Gulf of Gera. Skopelos, the largest village, boasts a charming central square adorned with a centuries-old plane tree and a historical blue marble fountain. The “Caves of Magdalene,” ancient catacombs beneath the Church of Agia Magdalene, add a touch of mystique to Skopelos.

Perama, once a bustling commercial and financial center, reveals remnants of its industrial past, including the Perama windmill classified as a historical monument. The villages showcase the island’s transition from agrarian roots to a hub of industry and trade.

Beyond its charming villages, the Gulf of Gera is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The coastal lagoons, rivers, and wetlands teem with wildlife, creating a rich ecosystem. The bay’s waters are home to an array of seafood, with local delicacies such as Papalina, Sardella, and cuttlefish gracing the tables of seaside tavernas.

For those eager to explore the Gulf further, wooden boats, known as “Gasolines,” offer a picturesque means of transportation between ports like Kountoroudia and Perama. Chartering a boat allows for excursions to nearby islands, each with its unique charm, including Ag. Vasilios, Bromonissi, and the captivating Ag. Isidoros with its hidden caves and breathtaking sunset views.

As the Gulf of Gera remains a well-preserved haven, it invites visitors to discover its natural wonders, historical treasures, and the warm hospitality of its inhabitants. Whether seeking a quiet retreat or an adventure off the beaten path, the Gulf of Gera promises an unforgettable experience, where time seems to stand still, and the beauty of nature takes center stage.