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Gavathas was one of the most prominent Christian settlements of the area. The nomer “Gavathas” traces it’s possible origin from the isle of Gavatha, situated in the mouth of the bay, and it applied to the whole are between Lygeri and Liota.

It’s a known historical fact that Gavathas displayed a notworthing economical evolution during the earlier byzantine era and unrefutable witnesses are the many remains which are strewn around the area, such as graves, columns, headstones e.t.c.

Moreover, it was settled by the Gatelouzs after 1335 a.c. and it was later deserted after a streak of pirate and Turkish raids.

After the great earthquake of 1889, the wealthy denizens of Antissa (known at that time as “TELONIA” ) build housings in Gavatha. In the beginning of the 20th century it’s port experienced a large amount of trade due to the large amount of agricultural products being exported and the import of industrial products. That’s why the port boasted a large number of warehouses as well as customs and port’s service officials.

Recently, one of the oldest vertebrate fossils in Greece as well as the rest of Europe  was found in Gavatha. It’s the fossilized lower jaw of Prodinotherium  bavaricum , ancestor of a truncatet animal, more than twenty million years old, which confirms the presence of the species on European soil at the same time as its appearance in Africa and is now  on display in the Museum of Natural History at Sigri.

Nowdays, Gavathas is a perfect destination for family vacations and any other visitors due to its calmness and hospitality. Gavatha’s peaceful and beautiful view makes visitors to discover all the beautiful and secret places of Lesvo’s island, not only during summer time but through all year’s seasons.

So, wherever you are, we are inviting you to visit Gavathas. We strongly believe that you will love Gavathas so much that you will come again soon.


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