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Gulf of Gera, Lesvos

Gulf of Gera, LesvosThe Gulf of Gera has to be one of the most beautiful area in Greece and therefore in all the world. Like the Gulf of Kaloni it is a large bay with a small mouth and a breeding ground for sardines and other fish and sea creatures. Also like Kaloni it is surrounded by olive groves and forests and some of the most fertile land on the island. There are large areas of wetlands and marshes, home for wild birds and animals and there are also hot-springs in the area of Thermi, a 15 minute drive from the city of Mytilini. There are a number of small sea-food tavernas that serve the freshest local fish and are inexpensive. The towns in Yera are mostly agricultural and those on the coast of the bay were formerly industrial with tanneries and olive-oil factories. The ruins of these factories create an interesting background to the natural beauty of the sea and coast.

The hot springs at Thermi Yera are not just a nice place to take a hot mineral bath and cure your aches and pains, but it is also in a beautiful setting with a view of the entire gulf.

The west coast of the gulf of Yera is dotted with small beaches in between forests of reeds and olive groves.

If you are self conscious you can use this handy changing station out in the middle of nowhere.

The town of Perama is a great place to stop and see the old factories. There are a couple beaches here and some good sea-side tavernas and cafes.

The most famous inhabitant of Perama has to be Makis the Pelican who came to town twenty years ago and never left. He has a little house in the square that the townspeople built for him

Eythymios Malamas is the owner of the Krystal Cafe on the waterfront of Perama. He's not your ordinary cafe owner. He is a spiritual writer with a style similar to Dan Millman.

This old windmill is to Perama what the Parthenon is to Athens or the Eifel Tower is to Paris.

This taxi-boat goes every hour from Perama to the port of Skala across the bay where villagers can catch a bus to Mytilini to do some shopping. People from Mytilini come to Perama to eat at the fish restaurants.

Beyond Perama there are some beautiful beaches which get nicer as you get closer to the mouth of the gulf of Yera

This beach is the location of a small fish farm. Fish farming has become popular on the island though like many things in Greece there is controversy over whether the fish tastes as good and is fish farming healthy for the consumer or the environment.

As you get closer to the mouth of the Gulf of Yera the other side gets so close you feel like you could shhot an arrow to the other side.

Finally you get to open sea and the island of Chios in the distance.

The safety of the Gulf makes it an ideal place for fishing boats to stay. They can fish in the gulf or they can venture out into the Aegean. This port is just beyond Perama.

Ths most beautiful time to be in the gulf is around sunset.

Hotels Around Yera

Mytilinia Village Hotel, LesvosOnly metres from the seafront, and surrounded by lush greenery, the Mytilana Village Hotel offers a pool, a beach bar and a seaside tavern. Its air-conditioned rooms overlook the sea. The uniquely styled rooms of Mytilana Village Hotel have elegant wooden furniture and carpets. Each is spacious with private bathroom with hairdryer and minibar. Greek and French cuisine is served at the hotelís restaurant. The tavern by the seashore specialises in local recipes and serves the famous local ouzo drink. The Mytiliana also has a swimming pool with furnished sun terrace and guests can enjoy a drink at the pool-side bar. Refreshing drinks are served at the lobby bar and the beach bar throughout the day.

Geras Olive Grove Hotel, LesvosGeras Olive Groves (Elaionas tis Geras) has 3 self-catering houses that combine rustic charm with modern luxuries. Enjoy spacious rooms with marble and wooden furnishings. Within a beautiful landscape of olive groves, this traditional guest house offers beautifully appointed accommodation with its own farm and animals, a private fishing boat and fresh produce from its own land. There are plenty of outdoor dining areas at Geras Olive Grove, perfect for enjoying the fresh food made with the farm's own produce made by local housewives. Enjoy the natural surroundings of the herb gardens and daily farm life. The family at Geras Olive Grove is happy to help organize tours of Gera and Lesvos Island and also have a private fishing boat, which is used as transport as well as for fishing trips.

Aeolis Luxury Apartments, LesvosAeolis Luxury Apartments & Studios enjoy a beautiful location, only a few metres from the beach. The luxurious complex offers free private parking and free wireless internet. 2 swimming pools are located in the courtyard. One for adults and the other for children. Complimentary sun beds, chairs and tables are available. Aeolis features stone built apartments that combine modern aesthetics with Aegean style. All offer a balcony with a splendid view of the sea. Each is fully equipped with air conditioning, heating, a well equipped kitchen and a TV.

Hotel Silver Bay, LesvosThe completely refurbished Silver Bay Hotel & Bungalows in Mytilini features a pool surrounded by spacious deck with loungers and landscaped gardens. The tastefully decorated rooms at Silver Bay Hotel feature air conditioning, refrigerator, hairdryer and TV. From their private balconies guests enjoy views of Geras Bay, the green garden, the olive trees or the swimming pool. Guests at the Silver Bay are also provided with a tennis court, a childrenís playground, mini golf and table tennis facilities. This hotel is very close to Mytilini town as well.

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