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Here’s a fabulous hike that starts on one of the Northern Aegean’s most picturesque villages, Agiassos, tucked away in the mountain side some 400 meters (1300 feet) above sea level. Walk up the “kalderimi” paths used by donkeys and in the past by pilgrims towards Mount Olympus, considered Lesvos’ highest peak at 968 meters (3175 feet) above sea level. As you climb, you’ll marvel at the ever-changing landscapes below, before eventually reaching the church of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah) atop the mountain. Take in the views of most of the island and beyond on clear days.
The way back down also has its pleasures, with a recommended stop for a sumptuous picnic lunch (optional package) half way down the mountain. This is the perfect spot to rest and feel the nature before reaching Agiassos, with its attractive alleyways and little shops. Regardless whether you’re a religious or not, highly recommended is a visit to the Church of the Virgin that – hosting a powerful icon – is reputed to deliver on miracles. This hiking and discovery trip ends with a relaxing drink, ouzo or coffee at one of the local cafés.