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Lesvos

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.

 

What you’ll love most about Lesvos

  • Explore the charming village of Molyvos, with its cobblestone streets, traditional houses, and medieval castle overlooking the Aegean Sea, as well as shops, tavernas, and art galleries showcasing local craftsmanship and culture
  • Relax on the sandy shores of Petra Beach, with its iconic rock formation rising from the sea, known as the “Petra of Lesvos,” offering clear blue waters, sunbeds, umbrellas, and waterfront cafes serving delicious seafood and local specialties
  • Discover the rich tradition of olive oil production on Lesvos, known for its high-quality olive oil made from indigenous olive varieties like “Koroneiki” and “Adramytini,” with opportunities to visit olive groves, mills, and tasting rooms across the island
  • Visit ancient sites like the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Roman Aqueduct in Mytilene, the ancient city of Eressos, and the Roman villa in Skala Eressos, with their ruins of temples, theatres, and public baths providing insights into Lesvos’ ancient history and heritage
  • Explore Lesvos’ diverse ecosystems and rich biodiversity, with its wetlands, salt marshes, and coastal lagoons attracting over 300 bird species, including rare and migratory birds like flamingos, herons, and eagles, as well as opportunities for birdwatching tours and eco-tourism activities
  • Relax in the therapeutic thermal springs of Lesvos, known for their healing properties and natural beauty, including the hot springs of Thermi and Polichnitos, with their mineral-rich waters, mud baths, and spa facilities providing rejuvenation and relaxation for visitors
  • Molyvos coastline in Lesvos

  • Monastery of the Taxiarches in Lesvos

  • Molyvos Town, Lesvos

  • Skala Sikamineas Village, Lesvos

  • Moni Limonos on the island of Lesvos, Greece

  • Small port town of Sikamia, Lesvos

  • Fishing port of Molyvos in Lesvos

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 12℃
  • 13℃
  • 15℃
  • 19℃
  • 24℃
  • 28℃
  • 30℃
  • 30℃
  • 27℃
  • 22℃
  • 17℃
  • 14℃
  • 12
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • 6
  • 9
  • 12

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

Rainfall

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

January

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

February

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

March

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

April

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

May

May marks the start of the holiday season. Bars, restaurants and hotels open their doors, temperatures rise above 20 degrees and fewer tourists means this is a fantastic month for a spring time beach holiday. What’s more, there are usually great value offers to be had from tour operators and hotels.

June

As temperatures start to rise, the holiday season is well underway. This is the perfect month for those wanting a Summer break before the schools break up for holidays.

July

As schools break up and the destination experiences some of the best weather. This is a fantastic time to travel so special offers are becoming limited - book early if you have specific holiday needs.

August

Schools out for the Summer and the weather is perfect for beach holidays. There are little or no deals available during this period and popular hotels are likely to become booked out.

September

As schools return, the crowds reduce making September a great time to sit back and relax on the beach. Special offers return as familes are unable to travel during this period.

October

The temperatures start to drop but it's the perfect time to grab a beach holiday away from the crowds and to take advantage of any special offers.

November

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

December

Due to the low temperatures and the majority of bars, restaurants and hotels closed, we do not recommend a beach holiday during this month.

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