Plomari in Lesvos
If Molyvos is the beauty, Plomari is, if not the beast, Lesvos' little rascal, and it's not because it's the capital of Ouzo. Plomari is Lesvos' second largest village (3,000 inhabitants) and it is an unruly village built amphitheatrically above a lively fishing port. The architecture is a mix between new and old, here are old mansions, decayed factories, olive oil presses and tanneries of all sizes, shapes and colours.
The fishing port of Plomari.
The quayside is lined with tavernas and cafes. Many of the tavernas are good and there is also a variety of kafenións and ouzeris serving meze and ouzo. For example around the palm-lined square and around the ancient coffee house Athanasiadeio.
Athanasiadeio is popular among Plomari's old men and they sit
both inside and outside and philosophize about past times. On the other
side the building there are several ouzo shops, including Ouzo Giannatsi
that distillate their ouzo according to an old traditional method and
their ouzo can only be bought here.
The evenings are very cozy in Plomari.
A crossroad to the ouzo street leads to a bridge which in turn leads to a square called Platanos (signposted). Here are some tavernas under a large plane tree and it's a very nice place to have dinner. If you are interested in ouzo, do not miss the distillery of Barbayianni located between Plomari and Agios Isidoros.
Platanos square in Plomari.
Just outside Plomari, along the road to Agios Isodoros, there are several small beaches, some of them are really good. The beaches are sandwiched between ruined olive oil factories and tanneries and you almost get an archaeological impression. The most popular beach in Plomari is at the beginning (or at the end if you come from Agios Isidoros) of the village. The reason why it is the most popular is because of the many package hotels located above the beach.
One of the beaches of Plomari.
The absolute best beach in the area is located in the package resort of Agios Isidoros 2.5 kilometres east of Plomari. There is also a small nice beach in the remote part of Plomari. The beach is called Amoudeli. Another alluring beach is Melinda approximately 6 kilometres west of Plomari. It is about 40 kilometres to Mytilini. To walk from Plomari to Agios Isidoros takes about 30 minutes.
Amoudeli beach in Plomari.
ACCOMMODATION IN PLOMARI
There are hotels and pensions in Plomari, along the road to Agios Isodoros and in Agios Isodoros. I have not stayed overnight in Plomari so I can not suggest any accommodation there. But I have stayed overnight in Agios Isodoros, and it's almost the same because it is walking distance between the villages.
Suggestions for accommodations are available on the page Agios Isidoros.
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