And we have set another place we would like to visit this year during our holiday to Lesvos: The town of Klapados ( Κλαπάδος ).
We have visited Klapados shortly before, but we would like to go back there and have a better look around. So what makes Klapados such a special place that we would like to go back there?
Well, first of all Klapados is an abandoned town, nobody lives there anymore and that gives a very special atmosphere to a town.
The last people left the town around 1960, but it has never been a big town. 60 to 80 families have been living there.
So there are a number of ruins, but there must be more that makes it worth visiting.
There absolutely is. Klapados is a very important location in the history of Lesvos.
Begin December 1912 the commander of the Turkish military who had camped at Klapados with 2000 men surrendered. The surrendering of arms took place at midday within the village. It was the liberation of the island under Turkish occupation, which lasted around 400 years.
Mel will invite a friend of hers, who can tell us a lot about this abandoned town, how it was in the past, about the people who lived here and about the historical event that took place there. This will be very interesting.
Now you may think that the Greek and Turkish people are not friendly minded with each other because of things like this. And on political level this may true, but the people themselves have no issues with each other and are always first there when help is needed (as seen with earth quakes that happened).
Apart from the abandoned town, there is also a very beautiful waterfall nearby that is really worth visiting. We are really looking forward to this.