In Mantamados in the north-east of Lesvos you find the monastery of the Archangel Michael, Taxiarchis Mantamados. The village of Mantamados also has several ceramics stores and you can buy freshly produced cheese. About 1,5 hours drive from Lesbosvilla.
The Hot Springs in Polichnitos has one of the hottest thermal baths in Lesbos ( 41 degrees when it reaches the pool ) If you have skin issues, aching joints or other ailments it’s the place to go ! After the bath order the homemade lemonade and buy scrubs and herbs to bring home.
The thermal bath is a little more than an hours drive on good roads, from the house. You can combine it with a visit to Agiassos and buy ceramics.
*** The place was closed when we revisited in July 2020, check if they have reopened***
Sigri is on the west coast of Lesbos. It’s a little more than 2 hour drive through the different landscapes of the island, the olive trees, the salt pans at Kalloni and the barren mountains of the west. You should visit the Petrified Forrest Museum in Sigri, a very impressive modern museum. Try the earthquake simulator, made as a classroom !
We stay over night in Sigri to avoid a long day in the car.
The monestary of Limonos just outside Kalloni is the largest and most important monestary in Lesbos. The library with books dating back to the 15 century has made it the intellectual center of Lesbos, through the ages.