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Agiassos in Lesvos

Agiassos is nestled in a magnificent valley under the mountain of Olympos, about 24 kilometres north of Plomari. Only the trip up to the village is worth the whole journey. And you will not be disappointed by the village either.

 

Agiassos. Lesvos.

Agiassos.

 

 

Agiassos is probably Lesvos' most traditional and picturesque village after Molyvos. It is also one of the island's most touristy villages. But do not be afraid, tourism is of a different kind to what most are used to. Most people who go to Agiassos are pilgrims that visit the church of Panagia ti Vrefokratousa.

The church is celebrated, the fact is that it is Greece's second most important church after the Panagia Evangelistria at Tinos. Pilgrims travel here throughout the year, and they come from all over Greece. The most important festival take place in August 15th. Of course there is also a miracle-performing icon in this church, and it is the icon that attracts people to come here.

 

Souvenir shop street in Agiassos. Lesvos.

Souvenir shop street in Agiassos.

 

But if one are not interested in churches and holy icons, you might wonder. Is it still worth going to Agiassos? Absolutely. It is a very attractive village with beautiful colourful houses and narrow alleys lined by ranks of shops.


Agiassos. Lesvos. Old street and village.

The non-touristy parts of Agiassos.

 

There are many souvenir shops as in all tourist resorts, but also a lot of shops aimed at pilgrims and a large number of handicraft shops. Agiassos has a long tradition of handicraft, especially in ceramics and wood carving.
And you will experience that when you walk along the street leading to the church, there is an endless rank of kitsch shops on both sides. I think I've never seen so much knick knack in one place. After a while it is so much for the brain that all the knick knacks is transformed into an attraction.

Above the church, to the right into an alley, is an area where many of the shops are selling locally produced products, mainly meat and dairy products.

 

Cheese from Agiassos in Lesvos.

The hilarious - and very good cheeses - that look like little pigs.

 

 

Among many exciting things, a cheese (touloumotyri) is sold here that I have never seen before. It is a kind of feta cheese that is stored inside a goat skin. It looks a little bit odd. Similar to small pigs. Please taste it, it's very good.


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