Vacations in Lesvos (Nothern Aegean - Greece)
Lesvos: The island of Sappho, the island of tradition and harmony
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Information On Lesvos
Lesvos, also called Mytilene (by the name of its capital), is one of the islands of Northern Aegean. It is the third largest island of Greece, which means that you will definitely not run out of places to visit. In fact it would take you three weeks to visit (at a regular pace) every attraction on Lesvos.
Lesvos is the birthplace of Sappho, the ancient greek poet who was, supposedly, a lesbian. Lesvos is also the birthplace of other poets, both ancient and modern, like Alkaios and Odysseas Elytis.
Being on Lesvos, due to its size, is like not being on an island at all. It is more like visiting the inland mountains of Greece where you can find traditional villages.
There is night-life on Lesvos island but to a very reasonable extend. It is generally a quiet and peaceful island, but you will find several bars on Mytilene, Molyvos, Eressos and other popular places. Choose one of the smaller villages for complete tranquillity and quietness.
Lesvos is also a great destination for religious-tourism, as some very important monasteries and churches can be found there, like the monastery of Saint Raphael and the church of Archangel Michael at Mantamados.
Vegetation on Lesvos is somewhat unusual. While the east part of the island is green, the west part is nothing like that, looking like an island of Cyclades.
Due to its rich ecosystem, Lesvos is also great for birdwatching (more information can be found here: http://www.lesvosbirding.com/).
There are many gas stations and banks & ATM machines on Lesvos.
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Beaches Of Lesvos
In a big island like Lesvos, you can find all sorts of beaches, most of which have been awarded with a Blue Flag.
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Travel To Lesvos
There is a fast ship (around 7 hours) and a conventional ship (around 11 hours) reaching Lesvos from the port of Piraeus and making a stop at Chios island. There is also an airport on the island with the flight from Athens being just half an hour.
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Transportation On Lesvos (Car Rentals)
There are many places where you can rent a car or a bike. In case you plan on visiting many parts of Lesvos you should get one, otherwise you will be more or less stranded in the area where you will be staying. The buses are frequent but they cover only the basic routes and not the entire island.
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Accommodation On Lesvos (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
There are two obvious choices when choosing where to stay: Mytilene and Molyvos (also called Mythimna). You could stay at Plomari or Eressos, but both of them are too far from anything else (especially Eressos). The best place, by far, to go out at night is Molyvos, so I suggest staying there (or somewhere close). It is important to choose the right place for staying because distances are big and you would not want to spend 2 hours a day (including the return trip) in order to i.e. go out at Molyvos.
Accommodation in Lesvos is cheap, even during August when you may find a double room for merely 45 Euro. You may not even need to book a room beforehand, even for August, but you are strongly advised to do so for July and August.
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Food & Drink On Lesvos
Lesvos is not much of a hot-spot for tourism, as a result you can find great traditional food at low prices. As always, the best places to eat are small taverns is low-population villages away from big cities. There are a lot of bars and cafeterias as well in all large villages of Lesvos. Lesvos is Greece's capital of ouzo, a traditional greek alcohol drink that is served usually with sea-food snacks, which you have to try as it is hard to find outside of Greece. On Lesvos you can find many local varieties that you can not find even in Athens.
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What To Buy On Lesvos
You can get a lot of other traditional products (like hylopites (traditional Greek pasta), whine, honey, jams, home-made sweets), but ladotyri (a type of local cheese) is perfect for frying and highly recommended. You should also consider getting some olive oil, as that of Lesvos is a distinct variety and very light. Finally, do not forget to try the fish "sardela" coming from Kalloni bay, which is not cooked but buried in salt instead. This is what you would call the traditional greek type of sushi!
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Attractions On Lesvos
Mytilene is the capital of Lesvos, an impressive city with palatial houses and plethora of Museums.
A scenic village with alleys ideal for romantic strolls under the castle.
One of the most scenic villages of Lesvos with the church of Panagia on a huge standing rock.
A large barren park with some fossilized tree trunks, with the tallest at 7 meters!
A new and well-preserved museum displaying the history behind the Stone Forest and fossils from all over Lesvos.
There are two archaeological Museums in Mytilene. The new Archaeological Museum is new and modern with a lot of space.
The Folklore Museum is situated in the harbor and it gives a taste of how life was on Lesvos during the past centuries.
The aim of the Lesvos Industrial Olive Oil Museum is to present the industrial phase of olive oil production in Greece.
The icon of Archangel Michael is said to have been created with mud and the blood of monks. It is also quiet unique to see the iron shoes of the Archangel.
This is one of the most important monasteries which attracts thousands of people each year.
This little church, built on a rock by the sea, was named Panagia Gorgona after one of the most important greek novels.
A beautiful verdant location with huge trees, a river with ducks, a little bridge and the huge cavity in a gigantic plane tree where Theofilos the painter used to come.
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Alternative Islands To Lesvos
Lesvos is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Chios (46 klm from Lesvos)
Oinousses (48 klm from Lesvos)
Psara (64 klm from Lesvos)
Lemnos (74 klm from Lesvos)
Agios Efstratios (76 klm from Lesvos)
Samothrace (126 klm from Lesvos)
Samos (140 klm from Lesvos)
Ikaria (146 klm from Lesvos)
Fournoi (152 klm from Lesvos)
Thassos (178 klm from Lesvos)
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