Lesvos, the island which many people know as Mytilene, because its capital, is the third largest Greek island located in the northeastern Aegean Sea. Lesvos is very difficult to be described in a few words, cause it may not have a feature attraction as many Aegean islands, but it is a huge mosaic of natural beauty and amazing landscapes. The impressive changes in the continuous landscapes and its personality make Lesvos a unique place to visit and spend more than a week.
Molyvos, is the tourist capital of the island, attracting tens of locals and foreign tourists. Located on the northwest coast of the island, 62 km From Mytilene, Molyvos is a very beautiful and picturesque village full of colors, refusing to succumb to the faceless mass tourism, so having won the admiration of those who visited him. Its trademark is its castle, with its impressive stone walls, in which you get through the maze of cobbled streets that spread throughout the village.
Petrified Forest - Sigri
The Petrified Forest of Lesvos in Sigri is one of the two largest petrified forests in the world. There, in an area of 150 square kilometers, you will find scattered petrified trunks dozen million years old which formation is due to volcanic activity. The petrified forest is a protected natural monument and since 1994 accompanied by the Natural History Museum of Sigri, highlighting in its exhibition the unique fossils has come to light during excavations.
On the slopes of Mount Olympus, at an altitude of almost 500 meters you will find Agiasos, with rich and green nature and traditional architecture. It is renowned for its handicrafts, working on pottery and wood carving, continuing a long tradition. Old impressive taverns you will find both in the square and in "Stavri" which is located on the top of the hill. We suggest you visit Agiasos in October during the "Chestnut Festival" to try dozens of recipes with chestnuts like meatballs and chestnut in sweet, or during carnival as Agiasos really stands out with the dialect of the region giving something special in the clever satire.
The monasteries and churches of the island were always attract tens of thousands of tourists. Main sights are the Monastery of St. Raphael and the Archangel Monastery in Mantamados. The first is located above the village of Thermi and houses the relics of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene, who were martyred at the hands of the Turks. The second is "Taxiarhis", the patron saint of Mantamados. The church celebrates two weeks after Easter, with great religious and commercial festival.
We could say that the island of Lesvos doesn't have many beaches considering the size of the island. Nevertheless there is a big variation that won't leave no wish unfulfilled. Within the city of Mytilene, those who do not have means of transportation will find the beach "Tsamakia", while just outside the city are the "Haramida-beach" with beach bars and the bay of St. Hermogenes. In "Thermi" there is the well organized beach "Cannon" destination for the citys students. Further north still, outside "Petra" you can visit Anaxos and its beach as well as the beach of Molyvos. In the south of the island we choose and recommend for you the 8 km long "Vatera", the beach of Plomari "Ag. Isidore" and "Kalloni-beach" that attracts the interest for its clean sea and famous sardine which you'll try in the taverns nearby. Last but not least is the beach of Eresos. Located at the west end of the island, the beach is a destination for lesbians worldwide because this was the homeland of Sappho.
In an area in Mytilene named "Kioski" is the Archaeological Museum, which hosts and presents findings of ancient Lesvos from the 3rd to the 4th century. AD. In the Theophilos Museum you can admire 86 paintings of folk artist Theofilos, with themes taken from history, mythology and local culture. The Museum of Natural History of Petrified Forest in Sigri aims for the storage, preservation and study of fossils. The Museum of Olive Oil presents the equipment of the old mill of Agia Paraskevi and highlights the procedure olive oil is created by. Finally Barvagianni Ouzo Museum, devoted to the famous local product, its history and the manufacturing process.
To the island of Lesvos you can reach by plane through the International Airport "Odysseas Elytis", as well as by sea, with the port of Mytilene linked frequently with those of Piraeus and Thessaloniki. Urban buses can serve you for short distances from the airport to "Thermi" and other close villages, and suburban buses linking the capital with the whole island. However, we suggest you rent a car, because the island is large and you'll need more freedom of movement in order to discover its hidden treasures.
The variety of entertainment in Lesvos can meet the needs of visitors with all kind of different interests. In the city center you will find bars with Greek and foreign music hidden in alleys or on the waterfront overlooking the beautiful harbor."Pano Skala" offers ouzo and fish and all those looking for a nightclub will not be disappointed. At the other end of the island, is the beautiful Skala Eresou. The many small bars on the beach road are flooded during the summer months by tourists, who enjoy drinking and dancing until dawn. Finally, do not miss the magnificent Molyvos. Undervalued sunset, relaxed but also strong rhythms so no one can't get bored .
Flavors and shopping Guide
Lesvos is considered a gourmet paradise! Having little affected by the "evil" tourism maintains taverns with all kinds of traditional local specialties. You shoould definitely try sardines from Kalloni gulf, oil cheese and other dairy products, juicy, grilled octopus, accompanied of course with ouzo. Of course Ouzo will get with you when leaving the island as well as some of the wonderful sweets made there.