The Unesco evaluators were impressed by the Lesvos Petrified Forest, the southern, eastern and western Lesvos. The five-day evaluation of the Lesvos Geopark began on Saturday, September 10th with a presentation and detailed briefing by Prof. Nikos Zouros, Director of the Natural Museum History of the Lesvos Petrified Forestand and the Museum executives for the progress made by Geopark the last 5 years. Then, they explored the geological monuments, the culture and the producers of the southern and eastern part of the Lesvos Geopark and in particular they visited the areas Therma, Gera, Agiasos. They also toured the facilities of Therma Spa Lesvos, the Museum-Olive Mill Vrana, the facilities of the distillery Isidoros Arvanitis and the distillery Varvagianni and at they end they attended the Rock & Trail Agiasos mountain running race.
The evaluation continued on Sunday, September 12, in the area of western Lesvos, where they first visited the Women Agritourism Cooperative of Mesotopos, important volcanic geosites in the area of Eresos and Mesotopos. Then they toured the protected area of the Petrified Forest and the excavation sites along the new road Kalloni - Sigri, where they were informed about the new impressive findings and the successful efforts to promote and protect the Petrified Forest and the development of geotourism in Lesvos. They also visited the olive mill Antonis Tirpintiris and the facilities of the Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos in Sigri.