The Greek Agean island of Lesvos lies within spitting distance (just 5 miles) of the Turkish mainland which wraps itself around the north and east of the island. Ferries to Turkey operate from Mytilini.
It is the third largest Greek island (next to Crete and Evia). The mass tourism which has blighted much of the Mediterranean basin has bypassed Lesvos and it is only in the last ten or so years that tourism has taken off, but it remains at a low level, even at the main resorts (which are miniscule compared to the major Mediterranean resorts).
Lesvos is a beautiful, lush, green island with an amazing variety of scenery – green fields; olive grove covered hillsides; barren, volcanic mountainous areas; rich pine and sweet chestnut woods; beautiful beaches; and is dotted with traditional villages clinging to hillsides. The whole island abounds with birds, flowers and other widlife to rival anywhere in Europe. Its people are warm and welcoming and undoubtedly the friendliest in Greece.
Lesvos is famed for –
olive oil – the finest in the world – produced from over 11 millions olive trees
great Greek food – fresh fish and seafood – what more could you want?!
Sappho – c.630-570 BC – poet
Birdwatching – the feathered sort!
It’s Petrified Forest
Lesbians – yes its true, Lesvos is a favourite resort for gay women in the hotter summer months
Size: 630sq.m (1,630sk.km)
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Money can also be exchanged in the banks in the larger towns and some hotels.
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