Lemon Tree Forest
From the top, the Lemon Tree Forest view is panoramic; a large area covered in lemon trees, with a lot of water and watermills. There are more than 30,000 lemon and orange trees in the forest, and scattered among these green fragrant trees are traditional restaurants (tavernas). It is an ideal place for romantic walks. UNESCO declared the area as one of unique natural beauty and the forest is protected by the Ramsar Convention. The Lemon Tree Forest leads to Plaka and Alikes which are sandy shallow-water beaches opposite Bourtzi islet.
Production at the Lemon Tree Forest, Damala, Foussa and Vagonia began before 1750. At around 1800, lemons were exported to Constantinople, Smyrna, and Thessaloniki. Extensive lemon production also existed in 1830 in Kalaureia on the hillside behind the Monastery. In 1828, there were 10,000 trees. Production has been abandoned since 2006.
Next to Kardasi waterfall, there is a traditional restaurant (taverna) of the same name.
At the entrance of the Lemon Tree Forest, next to Saint Seraphim, there is the following inscription:
ΑΡΙΘΜΟΥΝ ΥΠΕΡ TΑΣ 20.000
ΠΡΟΣΕΒΛΗΘΗ ΤΟ 1873
ΥΠΟ ΚΟΜΙΑΣΕΩΣ EΝΣΚΗΨΑΣΗΣ
ΤΟ ΠΡΩΤΟΝ ΕΝ ΔΑΜΑΛΑ ΤΟ l869
ΑΝΕΦΥΤΕΥΘΗ ΔΕ ΣΥΝΔΡΟΜΗ
ΤΟΥ ΔΗΜΟΥ ΕΝ ΕΤΕΙ 1882-Ι883
The inscription mentions an infestation in the Lemon Tree Forest and the help of the municipality to replant the forest.
One of the oldest buildings in the Lemon Tree Forest is the villa of Admiral Sofikitis, which was built in the middle of the forest prior to 1900. Among others, George Bush visited the Lemon Tree Forest in 1998.