Plomari is a small town with 4.000 people. It's situated in the Southern
part of the island of Lesvos
between the two gulfs of Kalloni
It's the second biggest town on the island after the capital, Mytilene,
and it's about 40 klm from it.
At first Megalochori,
which is a village 15 klm north of modern Plomari, 600 m. high in the mountains,
was called Plomari and it can be considered the metropolis of Plomari.
Fear of the pirate invasions kept the residents of Plomari far form
the sea for a lot of years. But when conditions of security were established and
there was no fear of pirates, Plomarians came to live near the sea and started
building their new town in the place where it is today.
With the help of experienced sailors, some of whom came from the South
Aegean Sea, Plomarians built
up a good navy.
Besides that, they were occupied with agriculture and with their hard
work and patience they changed the mountains to endless olive tree fields by building
low stone walls even on the steepest mountainous slopes to created the suitable
territorial conditions fro the growing of olive trees.
Since then olive oil has been a valuable and unique product of the
Before the island's liberation from the Turks (6th November, 1912)
Plomari had 10.000 inhabitants and it was full of life.
It used to have ten olive press factories, four soap factories, one
factory crushing olive kernels to turn them into fuel and fie ouzo factories.
After the destruction of Asia
Minor, it lost its biggest and most important area of financial and commercial
trade. So Plomarians started to emigrate to bigger cities in Greece
and abroad. More than half the population of the town emigrated and many villages
Plomari of today has quite changed and is different from the one people
used to know. People's occupations, their social status and the building space,
which is being extended all the time to the east and to the south, are changing
Most of the inhabitants make their living by collecting olives during
winter and from tourism during summer.
The very clean sea and the wonderful beaches of Saint
Isidoros, Amouleli, and Red Rocks are an irresistible attraction for tourists.
This text (extract) is cited June 2003 from the Municipality
of Plomari & Committee of Touristic Development of Plomari tourist pamphlet