Lesvos is the third largest island of Greece and is situated in the
northeastern part of the Aegean Sea across the coast of Asia Minor. The island
is big enough to satisfy every visitor's needs, from exciting and lively
nightlife and crowded beaches to calm vacations and sightseeing excursions. Its
history goes back for 3.000 years. It has been the birthplace of famous people
in antiquity such as the poets Alcaeos and Sappho from Eressos, the guitarist
and poet Arion from Mythimna, the great musician and creator of the choral
poetry Terpandros born in Antissa, and Pittacus one of the seven wise men of
ancient Greece. In the modern times the tradition of Mytilini being the
birthplace of famous person continuous. The most eminent of whom are Odysseus
Elytis and the popular painter Theofilos. Mytilene is the capital of the island
and also the getaway to all of Lesvos beautiful villages.
Mytilene the capital of the island is built amphitheatrically around its well-preserved
Byzantine Castle. The city of Mytilene has an interesting Archaeological Museum
with a collection of findings of all eras as well as the Popular Lesvos Art
Museum and its Library. The most important churches are the 17th century Saint
Athanasios cathedral with the Gothic style steeple, Saint Symeon and Saint
Therapontas and several others. In front of Saint Therapontas church is the main
shopping street with a variety of shops. The waterfront of the old harbour is
the perfect place to relax, at one of the numerous cafes and taverns. In the
northwestern hill of the city there are ruins of a Hellenistic theatre (300 -
100 BC) of excellent architectural construction worth visiting. Makrigialos
situated on the southern side of the town is the most picturesque side of
Mytilene due to its wonderful buildings of traditional and modern style, the
landscape and the yachting club. At the suburb of Varia, the birthplace of the
naïve folk artist Theophilos, the Theophilos museum is worth a visit. It
exhibits 86 works of the artist that were saved. Near the town of Moria one can
visit the Roman Aqueduct built in the 2nd century AD.
Lesvos has many beautiful villages most of which have retained their
traditional character. At the east there is Skala Sikaminias a small
fishing village worth visiting. Around its harbour there are some taverns from
where you can enjoy the view. On a small rock overlooking the harbour is the
church of Panayia Gorgona.
The picturesque village situated at the northeast part of the
island with its medieval castle and the traditional architecture is the
best-known resort on the island.
A modern town of Lesvos situated at the centre of the island. Kalloni is
famous for its sardines caught in the Gulf of Kalloni, where Skala Kallonis a popular summer
resort is situated. In the winter and early spring, you can often see flamingos in the
shallows around the gulf of Kalloni.
Situated at the centre of the island, is one important religious
centre, with the beautiful church of Panagia Agiasiotissa built in 1814. The
village is also famous for its pottery. To the south of the island we reach
A beautiful village with narrow alleys famous for the production of
exceptionally fine ouzo.
At the western part of Lesvos is a fishing village appropriate for
quiet holidays, having both lovely beaches and abundant fish. Not far from there
lies the Petrified Forest, dating back fifteen million years.
Eressos is also situated near Sigri. Eressos is the birthplace of the lyric
poetess Sappho. Its port Skala Eressou is a famous resort with a magnificent
Some of the most beautiful beaches on the island are
an extended sandy beach with crystal clear blue water.
With its small quiet beaches.
With a beach 8km long with pure crystal waters.
A quiet nice sandy beach.
A beach with pebbles and crystal clear waters,
How to get there
- By air: from Athens and from Thessaloniki
- By Ferry: from Piraeus and from Thessaloniki.