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LESVOS ISLAND | A virtual tour
Lesvos Island of astounding natural beauty is set like a jewel in the
Aegean Sea. Just five miles from the coast of Asia Minor, Lesvos (or Lesbos)
lies to the north of Chios and south of Lemnos. The breathtaking landscape rolls
through regions of pine-covered mountains to areas of barren, yet dramatic
volcanic stone. There are numerous sand and pebble beaches and many
sheltered and isolated coves dotted along the spectacular indented
coastline. The temperate climate, inland rivers and natural springs all
contribute to maintain the surprisingly lush vegetation of the island.
The long sandy beach of Petra in front of ANTONY Rent a Car
Lesvos is world renowned for it's many varied species of flora and
fauna. It is also host to a superb petrified forest located between Eressos and
Sigri in the Southwest. This is a land steeped in tradition and rich in history
and culture. The birthplace of musicians, poets, writers and artists who have
been inspired through time and still in present day, by the natural charm and
picturesque views allowing endless opportunity for exploration and discovery.
Located on the Northern tip, Mytilene is the largest town on the island, the
capital of Lesvos and host to the Airport and commercial Seaport. The town
is located approx. 5km from the airport and if arriving by plane, you should
consider taking one of the many taxis waiting outside. You will find car and
bike hire agencies near the sea port (or try our LINK at left) and the main bus
depot close by where you will find details of routes servicing the whole
The capital of Lesvos island, Mytilene (Mitilini)
Public transport is a great way of seeing the island, but buses can be
slow and the temperatures can soar above 40 degrees especially in high season.
Be warned, and always travel with plenty of bottled water which is readily
available from most shops and cafes. If you can, spend some time wondering the
numerous back streets, where you will find many local cafes. Try not to miss the
market which is generally accepted as one of the best in Greece. The usual
afternoon siesta is taken from 1 till 4pm and all but the larger shops will
close. Further in the suburb of Varia one can visit the Theophilos Museum.
Twelve kilometers from Mytilene, near the town of Moria, one can visit the Roman
Aqueduct that was built in the second century AD.
The Temple of Apollo in Messa, near Agia Paraskevi
Going further up north by the east coast, thru a series of beautiful
little villages one will arrive in the town of Mantamados, famous for its
cheeses and the fine pottery. The next stop will be Skala Sikaminias, one of the
most charming fishing villages one would ever see. And then, at the northest
point of the island one will find the picturesque village of Mithymna (also
known as Molivos), with its mediaeval castle and the traditional architecture.
Molivos is also the islands best known resort. By some it has been called
"the closed place to paradise, on earth". The association with Arts is
appropriate enough, for it was here in Mithymna that the head of Orpheus is said
to have been washed ashore after his dismemberment of the Thracian women.
Another mythical citizen of Mithymna was the lyric poet and musician Arion. It
has been said that he has been saved by the music-loving dolphin.
Molivos or Mithymna at the north tip of Lesvos, 5 Km from Petra
Only a short distance of 5 Km SW of Molivos the village of Petra can
be found. Petra has one of the best sandy beaches of the island. Again further
south the village of Agia Paraskevi is situated. This village has a lot of old
mansions and is known for the Bull Festival that has been celebrated since more
than two hundred years. Near the village lay ruins of an ancient temple of
Napaios Apollo and the ruins of an Ionian temple dated from the 3rd century BC.
This temple was dedicated to Zeus, Hera and Dionysos. In the island's center,
not far from Agia Paraskevi, lays the modern town Kalloni. It is famous for its
sardines which are caught in the nearby bay called the Gulf of Kalloni. On this
gulf one will also find the popular summer resort Skala Kalloni with its
beautiful sandy beaches. Also near the center of the island another well known
town is Agiassos. This town is famous for its pottery. Going further south again
we reach the towns of Plomari, Polichnitos and Vatera which have the one of most
superb beaches of the island, 10 Km long.
South Lesvos, near Plomari
At the western tip of Lesvos, Sigri is a pretty fishing village with a
nice little beach and a castle that goes back to the 18th century. Not far from
there lies the Petrified Forest, dating back fifteen million years. Finally, not
far from Sigri, one will find the town of Eressos. Eressos has been the birth
place of Sappho and Theoprastos. Its port, Skala Eressos, is a famous resort
with a magnificent beach.
The long sandy beach of Skala Eresos in West Lesvos
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