Although it's Greece's third largest island, Lesvos remains delightfully unchanged by tourism: a haven of traditional life.
Lesvos is the third largest island in Greece after Crete and Evia, but remains almost untouched by tourists. The fertile land boasts fields full of olive trees and the lush greenery will take your breath away. Many Greek artists, poets and film stars come to Lesvos to enjoy the peace, tranquillity and beauty, so why not join them and find out what this gem of an island has to offer. Here you will find dramatic landscapes, quaint villages and wonderful beaches.
Who holidays in Lesvos?
Those seeking historical sights, beaches and lots of Greek character. Lesvos offers beautiful landscapes, just off the main tourist track.
Situated close to the Turkish mainland, Lesvos is relatively isolated from the other Greek islands with the nearest being Chios to the south and Limnos to the north, both some distance away. Tourism is evident on Lesvos but does not dominate and olive oil and ouzo are still the most important commodities for the local economy.
Lesvos is quietly impressive, especially for those who like to experience the more provincial side of Greek life. The local people are proud of their island and mark this with various cultural traditions. The island offers an array of flora and fauna which attracts nature lovers and bird watchers during the warmer months. The islanders have a proud identity, marked by long cultural traditions.
Because of its vast size, Lesvos demands both time and transport to really appreciate the beauty and the hidden treasures of the island. Here you will find wonderful beaches, fascinating villages and interesting towns with something for everyone.
- Beautiful beaches
- Clear waters
- No crowds
- Unhurried atmosphere
Things To Do
Watersports and scuba diving are very popular on Lesvos. There are many beaches offering water-based activities such as canoeing, windsurfing, pedalos and much more.
You can enjoy many leisurely activities whilst on holiday in Lesvos, including walking and hiking. Lesvos offers a great selection of scenic and historical walking trails for those seeking a slow pace as well as those seeking a challenging hilly trek. Enjoy the flowers that bloom from May to October in this walker's paradise. You can also explore Lesvos by bicycle, following paths that journey past coves, villages, beaches, meadows and thermal springs. This is a great way to discover magical secluded coves and the real nature of Lesvos.
Lesvos has become a popular spot for bird watchers as its fertile land and variety of trees attract many species of birds. Whether you are an enthusiast or not, it is hard to resist stopping for a while to enjoy the sweet bird song that fills the air during the summer months. Nature lovers will enjoy the extensive wildlife that inhabits the island.
Things To See
It is well worth exploring all of the different villages, beaches and towns that Lesvos has to offer. Stop at beautiful beaches such as Skala Eressos and Vetera, explore traditional villages such as Agiassos and be sure to visit the charming medieval town of Molyvos. The capital of Lesvos, Mytilini, is home to a historic castle. There are also museums and ancient settlements to discover at the monastery in Limonos offers an interesting selection of artefacts on display for visitors.
There are various thermal springs located around the island for those who are interested in learning about the benefits of these natural waters.
The roads on Lesvos can be mountainous and curvy, so if you don't hire a car, the best way to get around is by taxi or bus.
There are plenty of taxis at the airport, at Mytilene town centre near the country bus station. The taxis are usually silver or yellow and charge using a meter. There are taxis at all the main resorts such as Petra, Molyvos and Kalloni. Most of the small villages will have at least one taxi driver available. Drivers prefer not to use meters outside the capital and charge around one euro per kilometre but prices can vary. Always feel comfortable agreeing a price before you begin your journey by taxi.