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Fortunately keeps character
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At first appearance, Lesvos was quite different from the typical Greek islands I have visited in the past. There are no overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes or tourist attractions to lure visitors to this huge Aegean island. But, after a week on Lesvos, I realize that the island is quietly impressive in its own way, and could turn out to be a treat for people like me who are looking to experience the provincial side of Greek life before the sharks of package tourism decide to package Lesvos and hand it on a platter to the gullible tourist.

Actually, Lesvos has everything. Charming hillside villages, splendid beaches and varied landscapes, unspoilt and relatively uninhabited spots, add to its allure. The only hitch, perhaps, is the time spent on traveling around the large island and added to this are the bad roads that could be hard on your car suspension. From the capital, I traveled to the southeast of Lesvos, which has perhaps, the most picturesque landscapes on the island. I drove on hillsides dotted with lush olive groves and pine forests and pretty villages perched on rolling hillsides. I loved the village of Agiassos and nearly went missing in the alleyways! Picked up a few ceramic pieces from one shop there. The charming Agios Ermogenis with its double beaches stretching on either side of a rocky promontory on which stands a chapel is a must visit. Surprisingly, it was a bit crowded.



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Wonderful place to fall in love with
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For the first time to Lesvos but for sure not the last time. We were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the local population, a kindness we haven't found any where else yet in Greece. We stayed at the Molivos Residence, the owner Roulla a beautiful nice young woman who will go out of here way to make you feel home and give you good advice where to go and what to see, a small apartment complex which has 9 apartments only and for Greek ideas very luxurious.

The apartment we had consisted of a big living room with open kitchen, 2 big bedrooms each with its own big balcony and a third balcony in front of the living room. The few is west so each evening the most spectacular view over the bay at the sunset.

The distance to Molivos/Petra is easy to walk but I do advice a car for a few day's to see the island other beautiful places. Molivos is beautiful with its castle towering above the town, a beautiful little harbour with lots of "TOURIST" restaurants. In the town itself, you find nice small place to eat. Molivos also has its shops but not to many to make it irritating. It's a nice place to walk trough town up the hill and visit the castle.

Petra has a nice beach but very over crowded. If you come from Molivos side the first beach restaurant is the nicest and the quietest. It also has a supermarket next to the petrol station with good priced stuff and full butchery.

The island, I was told, has the most spectacular bird life in the months of April and May when the migrating birds make it their home for a few weeks. A very nice and big monastery (Leimonos Monastery) between Kaloni and Filia.

The other thing that attracts me about tourism on Lesvos is that there are no terrifying teens on motorbikes, these are a more sophisticated breed of tourist, some of them actually carrying books of Greek Mythology and history of the island. And last in Skala Sykaminias are the best places to eat fish.


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jsaston wrote on Jul 14, 2010

It looks nice to me...

kzar99
kzar99 wrote on Jul 14, 2010

Lesvos is considered a "family" destination. Not to crowded, not exaggerated all-night-long parties, lots to see and big enough to need a car to travel it (that makes it forbidden destination for youngsters with limited funds).
One of my personal favorite Aegean island.

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Hy4head wrote on Jul 16, 2010

The home of Ouzo Plomariou! It MUST be worth a visit!

marchello
marchello wrote on Nov 04, 2011

You're right on Ouzo Plomariou.Was broadcast on the Travel Channel the distillation.Very friendly owner.

marchello
marchello wrote on Nov 04, 2011

Invited to visit and taste the distillation procedure.When I visit this island certainly go there.


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Great spirit of countryside
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Legend has it that Makaras, son of Sun God, made his home on the island of Lesvos. The sun, the verdant olive groves and the sea casted their spell on me, and I truly began to believe in myths from the moment I set foot on this beautiful island. Didn't some great poet once say, "if there is a heaven on earth, it is this, it is this". Well I just discovered my heaven on earth on this breathtaking island of Lesvos. The island is referenced in Homer's Ilias and Odyssey, and it is believed to have been the rendez-vous of Menelaos, Diomedes and Ulysses, after the fall of Troy.

Among the many noteworthy sites on the island, one of them is Plomari, a traditional village of Lesvos built on the beach and the ouzo capital of Greece (now you know, why I regard it as one of the best places on the island!). The village is home to big ouzo making factories, and I joined a long line of tourists who flocked to the place in the summer heat to taste the great spirit of the countryside and admire old mansions and marble fountains. I also recommend a visit to the mountainous village of Agiassos, where I witnessed one of the most beautiful sunset in the world.



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Like a second home
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The island of my grandparents, Lesvos is like a second home to me. My family are second-generation Greek-Americans and every summer we return to Lesvosto visit the grandparents and see the island.

Our home is in Agiassos, one of the most beautiful villages on Lesvos, very close to the capital, Mytilene. We usually go swimming to Agios Isidoros and Plomari. Agios Isidoros is a gorgeous sandy beach. Plomari is not that famous for its beach but for the nice taverns with fresh fish and ouzo. In fact, Ouzo Plomariou is a famous trademark in Greece.

If you have a car, go a tour around Lesvos and see the small villages in the inland, the beautiful tourist villages on the north (Petra, Molivos and Eressos) and the monastery of Saint Raphael. This is the protector saint of the island and the locals are very faithful to this saint.

If I was a tourist in Lesvos, I would stay either in Mytilene to be close to some nightlife (not much, but some!) or in Molivos, a very imposing village on the north with a nice castle and cool beaches.



rania32

Buy ouzo and oil for home
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Lesvos has some of the most wonderful landscapes. The combination of mountains and plains with pristine beaches on a rugged coastline looked extremely picturesque. The mountains were filled with numerous olive trees and the locals told us that there were almost 11 million of them on Lesvos. We stayed at a charming place in Vatera. Our apartment was close to the beach and our room was sea facing. The streets below were always noisy with tourist crowds. Beside the hotel, there were plenty of cafeterias and restaurants. People would usually hang out in these areas all day long.

We rented a car for our excursion trip. We toured many museums and beautiful villages. Each village was popular for its unique characteristics. In Agiassos we saw some of the finest potteries and wood carvings. Kaloni was a fishing village and filled with various Byzantine architectural marvels. Plomari was famous for its ouzo and olive oil. We tried some ouzo in one of the village restaurants. It tasted fantastic! I also bought olive oil to take back home.



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Feel the unspoilt area
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When I arrived in Lesvos, I though I was in Peloponnese, not like other Greek islands!
Definitely you need a car. The majority of tourists that I have met were repeat travellers to the island and could not just get enough of it.
You will not find better traditional food and olive oil in Greece. Apart from beautiful, Lesvosis also cheap!
Observe the unique mix of architecture and drink your aperitif underneath the large shadow of the plane tree in the central squares of the villages.
Hot spots the Petrified Forest, ouzo, sardines and also the pink flamingos!!(yap yap they have also!!).
Lesvos is one of the few remaining unspoilt areas in Europe, no fast food, English pubs or German beer cellars, but you can eat any time of day traditional yummy food.
Let yourself loose to feel the real experience of vacation!



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Friendly and serene feeling
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We had a wonderful vacation in one of the largest islands of Greece, Lesvos. The most noticeable feature that we came across was that on one side of the island there were mountains and on the other side there were plains with a rugged coastline. As we drove across the island we saw plenty of olive trees and the smell of the fruit was quite strong and overpowering at times. We visited the villages of Agiassa, Kaloni, Madamados and Petra.

We chose to stay at the Porto Lesvos Hotel in the capital city, Mytilene. The town has many museums itself, worth to see. It was our hotel staff who advised us to visit the Monastery of Agios Raphael near the village of Thermi, or we hadn't known of this place. Most travel guides of Lesvosdidn't actually mention it. It is said that miracles tend to occur at this holy place. I did not see any miracles that day (!!) but the experience of wandering about the monastery complex was very soothing in a surreal manner.

Food on the island is too good. It is best to try out food in the local taverns and restaurants. We loved grilled sardines, different kinds of pies, Greek salad, grilled octopus and ouzo, which is a strong local drink. We really appreciated the fact that despite the growing surge of tourism there, it has still retained its traditional culture and the authentic Greek feeling oozes out of every nook and corner.



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We just returned from an incredible week in Lesvos and we have so many things to share! First of all, if you don't already know it, Lesvosis a very big island and you definitely need a car to get around. If we didn't have our car, we wouldn't have seen all these things. The landscape varies so frequently on Lesvos and so soon. At one time, you see beaches and at the other high mountains. This is nice and I prefer islands with such differences. It makes travelling more interesting, doesn't it?

All beaches on Lesvos look very much to each other. If I have to distinguish some, I would say Plomari, Petra, Saint Isidoros and Eressos. The other beaches were also nice and clean. It was very easy to find a hotel in such a big island and all people (from museums and markets to tavern onwers) were very kind to us. This was the first time that I felt what they call Greek hospitality, in these four years that we are having holidays in Greece.

Do not worry about food, you will like it wherever you sit. Try fresh fish and pies, the best specialties on the island! As for ancient sites, I was mostly impressed by the castle of Mytilene. In general, this town was very beautiful with nice buildings. I found the Aqueduct in Moria and the Petrified Forest a bit disappointing, but still I recommend you to go, just for the experience.



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Great scenery and monuments
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Lesvos has much to offer. Tourists in early May go mostly in NW near Molyvos and Petra in SW near Scala Erresou. Villages all friendly, restaurants tried all universally acceptable to good. Best food was in Petra, Molyvos and Scala Erresou. Found that there is a considerable variation across Lesvos from east to west and between neighbouring villages. My Greek is not good, and most local people were able communicate in English or understandable Greek. Scenery was great: petrified forest well worth a visit. Agiasos very picturesque. Did not sample the nightlife other than the tavernas.
Historical monuments good, although finding the aqueduct near Moria was difficult becuse half the roads in the village were up because of repairs of some sort. Biggest frustration was being unable to eneter the Byzantine Museum in Mytinini, it never seemed to be open at the posted hours when I was there. We really enjoyed the mixture of Greek, Turkish and Venetian styles in the buildings acorss the island.



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Pilgrimage to Saint Raphael
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I went to Lesvos last month on a tour organized by our church for pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Rapheal. This is one of the most important monasteries on Lesvos and many people believe that it is working miracles. In our group, there were many who wanted to pray for health and sickness recovery and really believed that the saint would help them. The monastery was constructed in 1960 on the site where the dead body of the saint was found, close to the village Thermi. Saint Rapheal was a Christian martyr who was sentenced to death by the Turks because he denied to change his faith. The monks of the monastery showed us his grave and his skull, which is kept intact till today. Outside the monastery, there are some stands to sell small pictures and things for good luck. This I didn't like. I don't like selling things outside monasteries and churches. It is like waiting to finish your pilgrimage and then to buy something.



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