Gera Bay

Lesvos is the third largest island of Greece and has a long history that goes back more than 3.000 years. It has been the birthplace of famous people, such as the poets Sappho and Alcaeos, Arion the Guitarist, and Pittacus, one of the seven wise men of ancient Greece. A tradition that even continues today and gives the island that distinctive atmosphere which makes it so different from the rest.

Mytilene is the capital of the island and has a population of 30,000 people. This is about one third of the total population of the island. It is built amphitheatrically around its well preserved Byzantine Castle. Not very far from there, on the north-east side of town, one can find the Hellenistic Theatre with its superb acoustics and capacity of 10,000 people. Further in the suburb of Varia one can visit the Theophilos Museum. Twelve kilometers from Mytilene, near the town of Moria, one can visit the Roman Aqueduct that was built in the second century AD. Going further up north by the east coast, thru a series of beautiful little villages one will arrive in the town of Mantamados, famous for its cheeses and the fine pottery. The next stop will be Gera, one of the most charming fishing villages one would ever see.

Gera’s bay was and still is its breath and soul. Known as a ship safe haven from the old seafarers of the Aegean sea. The port of Gera,  Perama, was the econoical portal of Gera for West and East. Iera, ancient city which was built here and now is burried deep under its waters, possibly the aera was named after it. Besides its natural beauty Gera’s Bay was known from the ancient times for its delicious fish and seafood. Gera’s fishermen, have their houses and harbors at Evriaki, at Marmaro, at Pirgous and Avlona, resting landscapes and inspire with their beauties. The Bays opening towards the Aegean, has a magnificent view with its little islands and the silver-coloured olives that reach the shore.

Special Thanks to Klairi Mavromatoy Xatzikwnstanti for providing us the last paragraph of our topic from her book “Γεραγώτικοι Αντικατοπτρισμοί”.