Discover Lesvos island in Eastern Aegean
Travel Information about Lesvos island Greece, Eastern Aegean: Lesvos island is located in the northeastern Aegean Sea. This is the third largest Greek island and it is separated from Turkey by a narrow strait. In the middle ages, Lesvos was part of the Byzantine Empire and in fact Empress Irene was exiled here. Later, the Turks occupied Lesvos in 1462 and ruled it for 450 years, until their defeat by the Greek Navy in the First Balkan War. The island joined Greece in 1912.
Lesvos Island is covered with olives trees, which are cultivated for olive oil. There are pine, oak and chestnut trees spread around the island that give Lesvos a natural green cover. The capital and main port of Lesvos island is Mytilene, built among low mountains and with a large Byzantine castle next to the port. The architecture of Mytilene has been influenced by the conquerors of the island along centuries. That is why visitors can see small houses next to Neoclassical buildings and old Ottoman mosques.
All over Lesvos island there are many picturesque villages and fishing ports that depict the traditional way of life. Molyvos, Agiassos, Sigri, Kalloni, Plomari and Petra are among the most famous and beautiful villages of Lesvos island. The natural beauty, the calm way of life and the special architecture amaze visitors. Tourism development is mostly concentrated in certain spots around the island, leaving the rest unspoilt and traditional.
Beautiful beaches can be found everywhere on Lesvos island. From the popular beaches close to Mytilene to the fishing ports on the west and the picturesque spots on the north, Lesvos offers the perfect place for relaxing family holidays.