Lesvos - Tour by Taxi of ancient sites

Lesvos - Tour by Taxi of ancient sites

Lesvos - Tour by Taxi of ancient sites
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J M
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Sep 2014 • Couples
Ancient Lesvos by Taxi: Mytilene Castle, Thermi Archaeological Dig, Roman Aqueduct

Lesbos, a Greek Isle (called Lesvos by the locals) was a half-day port-of-call on our recent cruise. I'd originally booked a van excursion for 6 people with a local driver, who didn’t show up! Luckily we were able to get two cabs to follow each other to the historical sites we wanted to see: First to Mytilene Castle (2 euros), the huge open ruin of a Byzantine/Ottoman fortress. (It was my husband’s favorite site.) Next was a small archaeological dig site: the prehistoric Bronze-Age settlement near Thermi, which had an informative orientation video and small dioramas (free). It is located along a beautiful sandy beach next to resort hotels. It looked like a wonderful place to swim. [N. B. make sure your driver knows which place you’re talking about. Ours had to ask at an eatery up the road in the village of Thermi—say “archaeological.”] Finally we went to the Roman Aqueduct (free)—beautiful and imposing on a narrow twisting road that no bus could navigate. We had the place to ourselves. (It was my favorite.) Afterwards, we asked our drivers to drop us off at the beach near the cruise port, but were very disappointed with its stony-bottom beach and sea urchins. We were sorry we hadn’t taken a swim near the Thermi archaeological site.

The trip took 3 hours, and the cost for two cabs and two drivers was much less than the van would have cost us. (Sorry I can’t remember exactly.) Taxis are plentiful and are lined up right at the port. They all charge a basic hourly rate. Ask before you get in.
Written October 21, 2014
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