Lesvos Island - Lesbos, Greece
Lesbos is the third largest in the Aegean, after Crete and Evia, measuring 44 x 28 miles (taken from the outermost points). Lesvos lies in the Northern Aegean Sea, quite close to Turkey. Virtually unaffected by the mass tourism that has turned other islands into amusement parks, Lesvos is the perfect place to visit for people who want to experience the real Greece. For the Greek island traveler who is worried about not having enough to do, Lesvos is the perfect destination...Lesbos is blessed with award-winning beaches, traditional villages, more varieties of birds and wild flowers than anywhere in Europe. A lot of bird watchers will arrive here in spring time to see all the birds here pasing through or living here all year round. The pine forests, medieval castles, scenic harbors with cafes and inexpensive seafood restaurants, museums - including two of the finest art museums in Greece are all very famouse. The people from Lesvos are some of the warmest, friendliest people in all of Greece. Lesvos has been a favorite location for artists, writers and romantics.
Its natural attractions include the PETRIFIED FOREST and the unique Hot Springs (health inducing spas). These spas are dotted around Lesvos and have been used for thousands of years for rheumatism, arthritis, gynecological and dermatological ailments, as well as kidney and gall stones, neurological ailments, bronchitis and sciatica. Lesvos' wonderful landscapes can be seen by donkey, on horseback, bicycle, jeep or foot. The numerous festivals held throughout the island are enjoyed and celebrated in their traditional ways with the locals displaying their flair for dancing, drinking and eating hours on end, days on end.
The unique unspoiled beauty of Lesbos (Lesvos) is an astonishing contrast to lush splendor of the rest of the cosmopolitan islands with its mysterious forests, dramatic coastline, tranquil sunsets and rugged mountains.
A wealth of opportunities allows every visitor to pursue particular interests from sporting and adventure activities to cultural and leisure attractions.
A wide variety of accommodation facilities is available to suit the needs of each traveler, from luxurious hotels to self catering resorts, bed and breakfast establishments and guest houses.
The mild Mediterranean climate, warm hospitality and friendliness of the people make your holidays to LesbosIsland an unforgettable experience.
A simply stunning experience...
Lesbos Island of breathtaking natural beauty is set like a jewel in the Aegean Sea. Just five miles from the coast of Asia Minor, Lesbos (or Lesvos) lies to the north of Chios and south of Limnos.
The agient landscape rolls through regions of pine-covered mountains to areas of barren, yet dramatic volcanic stone.
There are numerous sand and pebble beaches and many sheltered and isolated coves dotted along the spectacular indented coastline.
The temperate climate, inland rivers and natural springs all contribute to maintain the surprisingly lush vegetation of the island.
Lesbos is world renowned for its many varied species of flora and fauna. It is also host to a superb petrified forest located between Eressos and Sigri in the Southwest.
This is a land steeped in tradition and rich in history and culture. The birthplace of musicians, poets, writers and artists who have been inspired through time and still in present day, by the natural charm and picturesque views allowing endless opportunity for exploration and discovery.
Going further up north by the east coast, thru a series of beautiful little villages one will arrive in the town of Mantamados, famous for its cheeses and the fine pottery. The next stop will be Skala Sikaminias, one of the most charming fishing villages one would ever see.
And then, at the northeast point of the island one will find the picturesque village of Mithymna (also known as Molivos), with its mediaeval castle and the traditional architecture. Molivos is also the islands best known resort. By some it has been called "the closed place to paradise, on earth".
The association with Arts is appropriate enough, for it was here in Mithymna that the head of Orpheus is said to have been washed ashore after his dismemberment of the Thracian women. Another mythical citizen of Mithymna was the lyric poet and musician Arion. It has been said that he has been saved by the music-loving dolphin.
Only a short distance of 5 Km SW of Molivos the village of Petra can be found. Petra has one of the best sandy beaches of the island.
Again further south the village of Agia Paraskevi is situated. This village has a lot of old mansions and is known for the Bull Festival that has been celebrated since more than two hundred years. Near the village lay ruins of an ancient temple of Napaios Apollo and the ruins of an Ionian temple dated from the 3rd century BC. This temple was dedicated to Zeus, Hera and Dionysos.
In the island's center, not far from Agia Paraskevi, lays the modern town Kalloni. It is famous for its sardines which are caught in the nearby bay called the Gulf of Kalloni. On this gulf one will also find the popular summer resort Skala Kalloni with its beautiful sandy beaches.
Also near the center of the island another well known town is Agiassos. This town is famous for its pottery. Going further south again we reach the towns of Plomari, Polichnitos and Vatera which have the one of most superb beaches of the island, 10 Km long.
At the western tip of Lesvos, Sigri is a pretty fishing village with a nice little beach and a castle that goes back to the 18th century. Not far from there lies the Petrified Forest, dating back fifteen million years.
Finally, not far from Sigri, one will find the town of Eressos. Eressos has been the birth place of Sappho and Theoprastos. Its port, Skala Eressos, is a famous resort with a magnificent beach.
Whether traveling by bus, taxi, hire car, bike or scooter, the scenery will unfold itself around you throughout your journey. The volcanic structure rises and falls like taught muscle undulating below a carpet of lush green to the North-east, and impressive volcanic rock formations to the West.
Huge lagoons of water and strips of beach will appear shimmering below and then beside as you bend toward your chosen destination. Small churches, road-side shrines and even whole villages seem to playfully hide from view until you are almost upon them.
This is truly an island representative of the myth and the magic surrounding Greek culture and upon arrival, one is immediately aware of the friendliness with which locals greet you.