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Vatera is situated on the southern part of Lesvos island and is well-known for its 8 km long sandy beach. It is 55km from the capital, Mytilene. The name 'Vatera' comes from vata, meaning "bramble", in reference to prickly bushes that blocked the old mule-drive access. 

During the month of April, May and October you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20°C (68°F) and 25 °C (77°F).

On average, the warmest months are June, July and August. Vatera has dry periods in May, June, July, August and September. The warmest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 32°C (89°F). The coldest month is February with an average maximum temperature of 13°C (55°F). August is the driest month.

Around two million years ago, Lesvos was not an island but was joined to the Asian mainland, and the gulf of Vatera was a subtropical shallow sea. The environment of Vatera at that time was partly forested, partly open woodlands, with meandering rivers through the area flowing to the sea. The animals in question died somewhere near the rivers and their carcasses were transported by the water downstream. They got stuck somewhere at a bend, and sediments covered the remains until they were removed by Dermitzakis' team, a paleontologist. In the nearby village of Vrissa, the University of Athens has established a natural history collection dedicated to the palaeontological finds. The fossils include bones of stenoid horses, mastodons, a baboon-like monkey and a giant tortoise, the latter the size of a small car.   

Vatera is ideal for holidays as it has water sports, excursions with tourist boats, fishing and even hiking trails in the beautiful small mountains. If you travel 3 km west of Vatera,  you can gaze out to the cape of Agios Fokas, where foundations and columns stubs remain of the temple of Dionysos and an early Christian basilica. 

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