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Skala Sikaminia travel guide

Skala Sikaminia is a pretty little fishing harbour located on the far north coast of Lesvos and a few kilometres along the unmade beach road from Eftalou to the west.

The small harbour at Skala Sikaminia is usually crammed with boats and lined with several attractive tavernas and charming cafes, making this a fine place to visit for a leisurely Greek lunch.

On a small rock overlooking the mouth of Skala Sikaminia harbour is the tiny, picturesque and much photographed church of Panayia Gorgona - The Virgin Mary Mermaid. A painting of the Virgin Mary with the tail of a mermaid is described in a novel by Stratis Mirivilis as having been painted by a reclusive sea-captain but it is fiction.

There is only a tiny shingle beach at Skala Sikaminia, just beyond the village square, but visitors should find a path that runs up through some olive groves and then down the hillside to a number of small beach coves on the other side of the headland.

It's a long drive along mountain roads to reach the village and many visitors arrive in Skala Sikaminia on excursion boat trips from Molyvos. Trips run most days during the high summer season and also often take in the beach at Tsonia.

To the west of Skala Sikaminia is the attractive resort of Eftalou, now full of modern hotel complexes. Behind the village are the mountain slopes of Mount Lepetymnos, the highest mountain to be found on the island of Lesvos.