The petrified forest is a wonder of wonders

The Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos continues its efforts to promote the island’s natural heritage as a UNESCO World Geopark.

The Museum of Paleoecology (Μουσείο Φυσικής Ιστορίας Απολιθωμένου Δάσους Λέσβου) is located in the village of Sigri on the island of Lesvos. It was founded in 1994 and is the center for the study, management and conservation of the petrified forest of Lesvos. It is part of the European Geoparks Network (a member of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network).

This area is a modern open-air natural history museum. The Petrified Forest is trees that turned into stone pillars 20 million years ago …

After successfully participating in a Greek Workshop on Alternative Tourism and Gastronomy with travel agents and operators from Belgium, Poland and Germany, the Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos continues to promote the island in the French tourism market.

Promotional events take place during the “Greek-French Workshop on Alternative Tourism and Gastronomy” and are addressed to professional agencies that offer great tourism destinations 365 days a year internationally.

The event is attended by a large number of tour operators from France, as well as businessmen who want to keep abreast of alternative tourism products (various tours).

During the forum, participants in the French tourism industry will have the opportunity to make an appointment in advance online with the Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos.

Through this process, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with Lesvos Geopark and the opportunities that visitors have to participate in alternative tourism activities. More than 15 online meetings have already been planned, which obviously aims to dynamically promote Lesvos as an alternative tourist destination.

Unique paleo reserve

The 15,000 hectare fossilized forest of Lesvos, protected by UNESCO, was created by a volcanic eruption 20 million years ago, in which a subtropical forest ecosystem was conserved by a lava flow.

On the nearby island of Nisiopi, there are about 40 unique fossils of former conifers of the Taxodium genus, which were common in the region in prehistoric times. One of the most impressive specimens is a 17.2 m long petrified tree with a diameter of 1.70 m at the base of the pillar. The tree that was on the “lava path” was uprooted by a hot stream and thrown to the ground where it can be seen by this day.

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