Eftalou Village on Lesvos island - Lesbos, Greece

Village / City Sykaminia 
Category Village
Coast / inland Coast
Region North of Lesvos
Beaches Pebble stone beach
Highlights Harbor,tavernas
Local bus service Yes
Map available No


Skala Skamnias


Local information

Skala Sykamnia belongs to the municipality of Mithimna, it is a small fishing village at the top north part of Lesbos, it is the birthplace of the novelist Stratis Myrivilis (1890 – 1969) who wrote the novel Panagia Gorgona, inspired by the small church of Madonna which has been build on a small rock next to the sea. Skala Sykamnias is one of the most tourist places on the island with many rooms for rent, excellent taverns near the sea serving fresh sea food and beautiful small beaches for swimming. This village is preserved, traditional settlement with wonderful cobbled roads and fantastic view to the Aegean Sea and the Turkish coast.



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Local activities, trips

Diving, swimming, tennis, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, wind-surfing, water skiing and mountain-biking.
Bird watching in spring and autumn and Eftalou is about half an hour from the gulf of Kalloni where many interesting birds can be spotted (120 seen by guests!).
Mountain bikes can be hired locally.
Donkey treks can be arranged with local travel agents.
You can snorkel around the rocks off Eftalou Hot Springs area.
Boat trips along the coast with swimming and barbeque are wonderfully relaxing.

Distance to




Mitilini airport 45 km from Sykaminia

Skala Sykaminia beach 100 metres

Mitilini harbour 35 km

Sykaminia village, shops, 5 km



There is a reasonably good bus service across the island, especially between Molivos and Mytilini and May to September there is a regular bus service along the coast from Molivos to Petra and Anaxos. There is a taxi rank just outside the town and fares are cheap. A car is really not necessary but if you wish to explore the whole island it would certainly be advantageous. There is a large port in Mytilini with daily sailings to Athens (about 9 hours) and Chios and less frequent sailings to Limnos and Rhodes. Domestic flights to Athens take about 45 minutes (Aegean and Olympic Airways). Direct charter flights from the UK (Gatwick and Manchester) are from May to Mid October on Thursdays (currently First Choice and Excel). Otherwise you have to fly via Athens (Easy jet, Olympic and British Airways). In season the changeover day for rentals is Thursday. There are also direct flights from Holland, Norway and Germany in the summer.


There are no shops in Eftalou but several tavernas to enjoy. Open 7 days a week from 10.00 hrs to late


Hiking - several routes and guides will take you to breathtaking areas
Safari jeep trips - look at Safari link for more options
Boat trips - several options to near beaches or areas
Car rental - look at car rental link for more options
Restaurants - look at restaurants link for more options
Donkey trekking


There are no shops in Eftalou but several tavernas to enjoy.
Open 7 days a week from 10.00 hrs to late


Local bus service yes   Molivos bus schedule  
Harbour   no Molivos   lively
Cinema   no Molivos bus schedule June-August
Laundry service   no Molivos bus schedule  +302253071622 
Museum       bus schedule  


Important phone numbers

Police yes   Molivos +3022530
Doctor yes   Molivos +3022530
Taxi service yes   Molivos  +306974463299 

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