Lesvos Geography

Lesvos Geography
Information about the geography of Lesvos, Greece

The island of Lesvos is the third largest island of Greece and belongs to the Eastern Aegean group of islands. It is located between the islands of Chios and Lemnos. Lesvos has a total area of about 1,630 sq km, a coastline of 320 km and a population of about 88,800 inhabitants who are mostly living in the capital, the town of Mytilene.

Lesvos is a volcanic island that has suffered many earthquakes along its history. In fact, on the western side, there is a Petrified Forest that was formed out of intense volcanic activity. Much vegetation is covering Lesvos, such as numerous olive trees, verdant plains, fruit trees and vineyards.

The island has no major rivers or lakes, but few waterfalls and streams lying in the northern part of the island. Numerous mountains are scattered around Lesvos. The highest mountain range is called Lepetymno, lying in the northern part of the island, and of which the highest pick is Mount Profitis Ilias, rising at an altitude of 968 metres. The other high peaks of Lesvos are Mount Olympos (967 metres) and Mount Psilokoudouno (914 metres).

The geography of Lesvos is admirable for its mountainous spots and olive oil groves. The rich fauna of the island is famous even outside the Greek borders and thousands of visitors are coming to see the various rare species of birds seeking refuge on Lesvos or the monk seals living in the caves of Skala, in Eressos. The inhabitants of the island are mostly leaving from agriculture as well as from fishing and tourism which constitute the secondary economical activities.

The rich and fertile soil of Lesvos Greece gives birth to abundant olive groves from where the famous and excellent olive oil is produced. The island is also famous for producing the best ouzo (local Greek alcohol) in Greece.

Map of Lesvos

Map Lesvos map View the map of Lesvos with the main villages, beaches and sightseeing. Also, location of the port and airport.
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