TRAVEL GUIDE TO LESVOS
Also known as Mytilene, the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos Greece makes an ideal destination for families and other travelers who seek a serene scenery. Full of traditional villages, ancient monuments and unique natural locations, it offers amazing places to explore. Don't skip a visit to the millions of years old petrified forest!
Lesvos can be reached by plane from Athens. Alternatively, you can take the ferry from Athens Piraeus but the journey is long. It is also connected to other islands of the Aegean.
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Lesvos (also known as Mytilene) is a beautiful island in the eastern part of the Aegean Sea. It is one of the largest Greek islands and a popular destination for family vacation or relaxing holidays off the beaten tourist trail. Thanks to its close distance to Chios island, it is also a great base for island hopping!
Lesvos is dotted with many picturesque villages, such as Molyvos, Petra, Kalloni, Skala Sykamias and Mytilene. A drive around the island to explore these villages is a total must!
Except for quaint little villages, a drive around the island will also get you to many monuments. From Roman aqueducts to Byzantine monasteries and castles, you’ll have the chance to visit sites that date back to several historical periods!
Some must-visit monuments are the Medieval Castles of Mytilene, Molyvos and Sigri, which were used for defense from pirate invasions.
The Petrified Forest in Singri is another impressive site on the western side of the island. This forest was petrified about 15 to 20 million years ago due to volcanic activity and is considered a rare geological sight. Don’t miss it!
Another reason why this island is a wonderful destination is its beautiful monasteries, such as the Monastery of Ipsilou and the Monastery of Saint Raphael, the protector of the island.
If you love destinations with a long history and breathtaking natural beauty, Lesvos needs to be in your travel wish list!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
Traditional and modern hotels that offer a variety of rooms, studios, apartments and family rooms, as well as swimming pools and other convenient facilities are available to choose from for your accommodation in Lesvos.
Molivos and Skala Kallonis are among the most picturesque areas to look for accommodation, in addition to the popular main town of the island, Mytilene.
Some of the most popular hotels are Elysion Hotel and Loriet Hotel.
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
The island of Lesvos can be reached by plane from Athens and other European cities but also from the port of Piraeus in Athens (but the journey is very long). It is also connected by ferry to other islands in the Aegean.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF LESVOS
Discover the highlights of Lesvos to experience during your holiday! From sightseeing to activities, here are the best suggestions for the ultimate experience!
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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 the island, Molyvos is probably the most beautiful village in Lesvos. 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.
In close distance to Sigri, on the western side of the island, there is a monument of rare natural beauty: the Petrified Forest, created because of the intense volcanic activity of the area.
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.
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.
It hosts findings from excavations performed all over the island, such as small statues, Prehistoric items, parts of ancient temples, coins, jewelry, and others.
The Monastery of Limonos is the largest and most interesting on the island. 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.
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.
On the northern side of Mytilene, amidst pine trees, there is the Ancient Theatre of Lesvos. Originally built in the Hellenistic times, this theatre has undergone many reformations throughout its operation.