Cafe at Agios Dimitrios
founded in the 9th century. It is said that the settlement grew up around the church. The icon is considered miraculous and attracts the faithful from all over the world. The old coffee shops in the square are particularly interesting. Try some of the delicious mezes with ouzo or Greek coffee, made the old-fashioned way, and buy some fresh touloumotyri (cheese) when in season at the grocery. Farther up at the top of the hill is Stavri, another neighborhood of Agiassos. It has a restaurant with excellent home-style cooking. The place is surrounded by chestnut trees, and in October holds a Chestnut Festival. Kastanades (chestnut vendors) grill chestnuts on their foufou (charcoal brazier). And village homemakers make various specialties such as chestnut bread, meatballs with chestnuts, pork with chestnuts, candied chestnut spoon-sweets, and other dishes. The vassilopita (New Year’s pie) with fyllo pastry, spices, and soft myzithra cheese made by the Women’s Collective is excellent. The entire region of Agiassos is encircled by offshoots of the rocky mountain and is known for its dry climate, its lush vegetation, its chestnuts and its gurgling waters.
At the entrance to the village is the privately owned Stratis Tsinis folklore collection with examples of local handicraft production. The
well-known Anagnostirio Anaptyxi, the village cultural center was founded in 1854 when Agiassos was still under Turkish rule. Today the Anagnostirio (Reading Room) has a library building and auditorium for films and plays, as well as a Folklore Museum that also houses the Picture Gallery with paintings by Lesbian artists.
The Chestnut Tree Forest
An exciting trail with one of the most beautiful routes on the island begins at the Apesos quarter and ascends southward along the stream. You’ll pass through a chestnut grove alongside the gushing waters. After encountering chapels, farm houses, pine trees and gullies, you can then take the road to Megalohori, the old capital of Plomari. If you visit in October, in addition to the stunning route with its view of the Bay of Yera, you’ll be able to sample the most delicious chestnuts you’ve ever tasted. Instead of taking the route to Megalohori, you can turn left onto the little rural road that leads to Skopelos – there’s a small sign on the left – to cross the impressive Karionas plateau. If you call ahead, you’ll find a meal waiting for you of stewed rooster and noodles, hot savory pie, boiled goat, and kid baked in a woodburning oven. But don’t worry – even if you haven’t made arrangements, they’ll surely be able to rustle up something for you in this
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