The third largest island in Greece, Lesvos is a diverse island with a multitude of activities to entice the visitor. With sandy beaches, deserted plains, mineral-enriched hot springs, boggy marshland and dense, verdant olive groves, Lesvos is an island of staggeringly beautiful natural variety.
The island’s major city is the port of Mytilini town, where you can enjoy a glass of locally-produced ouzo whilst soaking in the atmosphere of the town. Further north, Molyvos (or Mythimna) offers breathtaking views and a glimpse of rural life in Greece with its narrow lanes and quaint houses. Active-types will enjoy the opportunities to cycle and hike on the island whilst ornithologists will enjoy trying to spot one of the 279 species of bird which can be found on the island.
Lesvos is also one of Greece’s cultural hubs, with painter Theophilos, poet Odysseus Elytis and composer Terpander all having links to the island. The sensuous poet Sappho was also born on the island and her birthplace on Skala Eresou attracts visitors from all over the world.