Things to see and do
The island of Lesvos is one of the popular Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group. One of the largest Greek islands, Lesvos island is mostly a family holiday destination. There are many sightseeing in Lesvos dating from all historical periods. The most famous sightseeing are the Medieval Castles of Mytilene, Molyvos and Sigri that protected the island from enemies and pirates in the previous centuries.
Very interesting is also the Petrified Forest in Sigri, on the western side of the island. This forest was petrified about 15 to 20 million years ago due to volcanic activity and it is considered of rare geological value today.
In the ancient times, Lesvos island was also famous for its thermal springs. Worth to visit in Lesvos are also the many monasteries in the inland, including the Monastery of Ipsilou, Limnionas and the Monastery of Agios Raphael, the protector of the island. Relax at the beautiful beaches and try ouzo in the many seaside restaurants. This guide of Lesvos offers all the necessary information for your vacations on the island.
Due to its large size, accommodation in Lesvos is actually spread around the entire island. Places to stay can be found in almost every village and beach there. While the capital of the island, Mytilene, has a large number of hotels and apartments, the most convenient accommodations can be found in popular seaside villages, like Molyvos, Petra, Sigri and Plomari. These areas offer family hotels, traditional apartments and studios, and cozy rooms to rent, as well as a few upscale venues. The beaches of Varia and Skala Kallonis also offer good accommodation options.
Highlights in Lesvos
Mytilene is the capital and main port of Lesvos. This town distinguishes for the impressive architecture and places to see. Nice beaches are found in close distance.
Located on the northern side of Lesvos, Molyvos is probably the most beautiful village on the island. It is constructed on the slopes of a hill and has a strong castle on top.
On top of the hill above Molyvos, there is a strong Medieval Castle that offers panoramic view to the village and the Aegean Sea.
In close distance to Molyvos, there is the beautiful and organized beach of Petra. This beach has sandy shore and crystal waters.
The Monastery of Limonos is the largest and most interesting in Lesvos. It dates from the Byzantine times and has a large library with rare books and manuscripts.
On the side of Mytilene, there is a large castle with Medieval walls that used to protect the town from enemies and pirates. In the later centuries, this castle was reformed.
The mountainous village of Agiassos distinguishes for the amazing style and the natural beauty. The locals have a long tradition in pottery and many ceramic workshops are found in the village.
The most traditional product of Lesvos is ouzo, widely produced particularly in the region of Plomari. There you can find an interesting museum for ouzo distillation.
In close distance to Sigri, on the western side of Lesvos, there is a monument of rare natural beauty: the Petrified Forest, created because of the intense volcanic activity of the area.
Dating from the 3rd century AD, the Roman Aqueduct of Moria was an important technical work of this era. Today it can be visited as an archaeological site.