The community of Pedi
On the 6th klm of the road connecting Mandamados and Mytilene, we come across the community of Pedi. With the area of Skidia consists of approximately 50 vacation residences, a public beach with an adjacent parking area, two restaurants, a beach bar and refreshment stand, as well as a small marina that can cater to several small yachts. Pedi is one of the best known beaches on the island, which is famous for its shallow waters and fine sand.
In general, the community of Pedi is the beginning of a line from recreational communities, who leads to the community of “Palios”, it covers a beam roughly 10 kms, where someone can discover magic beaches.
The community of Aspropotamos
The community of Aspropotamos begins there that finishes the limits of Pedi. This community, along with the area known as Troupia, consists of approximately 85 vacation homes, 7 permanent residences, 3 groupings of rooms for rent, a bakery, a fish restaurant, a traditional coffee shop, an organized beach with a parking area, a marina that can cater to up to 50 small boats and a launch ramp. Here, one can also see the abandoned “tsoukalaria” that remain standing and once were part of the largest community of “tsoukalades” (vat makers) on the island. Most of these that have been saved and are still in use today have been transformed into vacation homes.
Settlements “Aghios Stefanos”- “Kolostasi”
The traditional settlement took its name from the Byzantine church of “Aghios Stefanos” (11th-12th century A.D.). In the area, one can see potteries in their original form, but only two out of four, give evidence of the original way of making clay and the molding of the traditional clay pots. Due to the special properties of the area’s soil, these pots could cool the water, and this made them especially needed, ever since the Turkish occupation, in all the ports of Eastern Mediterranean. In this area lies the renowned Byzantine church of Aghios Stefanos, made up from the local red rock, a church that has lived through a history of about 7 centuries.
Behind Ag.Stefanos lies the area of Kalafatis (possible exile location of the Byzantine official) – a wonderful rocky beach with pine trees and two deserted potteries. In the area of Kamila, a little bit further, is located the “golden sand”, an extraordinary beach with velvet sand and rocks, and the little islands “Tokmakia” across the sea. Behind the peninsula of Kamila lies the area Anoixtos and further down the settlement “Palios” with about twenty (20) country houses, carved graves and archeological sites. A Byzantine water system, which provided water to the whole desert area, is preserved until today in a very good state. Among the olive trees, one can find ruins of the old-Christian settlement which according to researchers must have been built on top of an older roman but was destroyed by the Saracen pirates’ invasions. Evidence of the settlement’s life during the first Christian years is the monolith with an engraved cross on it- part of a temple of which only the foundations can be seen.
At a distance of 5km from the district of Kapi, lies hidden, in a charming and picturesque location, the village’s port “Geni-Limani”. The existence of this settlement dates back to the beginning of the century, and it is said to have been an important center of economic development of the area, mainly due to the customs’ house that used to operate there.
Today, the area is a major tourist destination of many of the island’s visitors, since one can enjoy the crystal blue waters of the Aegean, and taste traditional “meze” and fresh fish in the taverns on the beach.
One of the best-known tourist locations of the island, the settlement of “Tsonia” is found 5 km. S/E of the district of Klios. A settlement with over 150 country houses and a little port that can host about 40-45 small fishermen or other boats, it is actually the port of Klio village and is famous for its scenic location, the red sand beach (approximately 1 km long) and the clear waters of the area.
Municipal Unit of Mantamados