The best way to get to Lesvos is to fly to Mytilini (the capital city) via Athens. Two airlines that fly to Mytilini from Athens are Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanair.com) and Sky Express (www.skyexpress.gr). Try searching for flights to Athens seperately from the leg to Mytilini. Direct flights to Mytilini from the UK are with charter companies, and they usually sell package deals. There are also daily ferries to Mytilini (www.hellenicseaways.gr) from the port of Pireaus, Athens. These usually take about 12 hours. From July until September there is usually a ferry from Piraeus direct to Sigri port. We highly recommend this option as you will arrive in Sigri and therefore avoid the cost and the time involved in getting from Mytilini to Sigri.
For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on Lesvos island, have a look at Matt Barrett's Lesvos guide at www.lesvos.com
Please arrange to arrive on Saturday and depart on the following Saturday. A taxi from Mytilini town to Sigri (one way) is around 120 euros / 90 km / 1.5 hours. We can help to arrange this for you. Alternatively you might want to rent a car for your stay. This needs to be organised from Mytilini; www.lesvosrentacar.gr will offer a special rate for Sigri Arts Retreat participants.
Sigri has 4 tavernas (3 of which are exceptional), 5 cafes (one of which is the famous Adonis's 'Kafeneion' complete with every tea, coffee and puzzle game imaginable, and also where you will be having breakfast!), a souvlaki fast food joint, 2 mini markets, and a bakery. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be purchased from the small shop behind the church or from the vegetable truck which comes to the village 3 times a week.
The nearest medical centre and pharmacy is in Antissa, a 20-minute drive from Sigri.
The painting and writing workshops will mainly be taught in English, although we are fluent in Greek. We can also accommodate Italian speakers.