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Skala Kalloni Lesvos travel guide

The village of Kalloni or Kallonis lies in the centre of Lesvos, 45 kilometres west of the capital Mytilini, where six rivers flow, and a main island crossroads for centuries.

To the south lies the Gulf of Kalloni, known for the quality of its fish, particularly sardines, cockles and mussels and a major eco-tourist centre with a great number of rare birds.

The gulf port and beach resort of Skala Kalloni has a picturesque harbour and one of the best beaches on Lesvos.

The beach is big and sandy and the water shallow. It tends to be very calm as the gulf mouth is narrow and the bay well protected.

Several restaurants are found on the shoreline and more the centre of the resort, along with minimarkets, hotels, tourist shops and so on.

The port is home to the island's sardine fishing fleet and is a colourful place to visit in the early as fishermen unload their catches.

Skala Kaloni is noted for its Sardine Festival in August, based in the village square and has ouzo and sardines, music and dancing.

The surrounding countryside is varied, from salt marshes to hill forests with interesting places to visit, including a horse racing festival at Agia Paraskevis, temple ruins at Klopedi and the Kremasti Bridge.

Nearby Limonas Monasterywas built in 1523 and its library contains about 5,000 books, manuscripts and other documents, some from the 9th century.