The ideal destination
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Other than the wonderful beaches and the amazing monuments of the island, several spots of the island are well worth a visit to provide the essence of the modern local life in a background of natural beauty and tradition. The capital city of Mytiline located opposite the Turkish shores is the commercial and cultural centre of the island featuring picturesque neighbourhoods that reveal its former and current wealth with superb mansions, large squares, imposing churches, museums and monuments. Plomari, a beautiful summer resort, with strong cultural tradition, proud for the production of high quality ouzo and olive oil, is a scenic village with traditional houses surrounded by narrow streets and churches. Among the most traditional villages of Lesvos is Molyvos, with little houses built of large stones having white shutters and traditional mansions with amazing frescoed ceilings, bounded by winding streets and squares with Turkish style fountains. The beautiful village of Agiassos, situated on a slope of a verdant hill, is an area to maintain several parts of the local culture such as the pottery and wood carving arts still practiced, while the wooden balconies and traditional architecture create magical scenery.
Sightseeing & Monuments
Things To Do
The morphology of Lesvos’ grounds having wonderful beaches, endless forests, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, caves and thermal springs, offers a large variety of activities giving the chance to visitors to admire the hidden beauties of the island. Lesvos is also a point of attraction for its geological importance featuring the Petrified Forest situated at Sirgi, which is a living timeline of the Aegean’s geological heritage and certainly worthy of a visit. The volcanic activity across the region 20 million years ago resulted on the petrifaction of the conifers and fruit trees to cover an area of 150.000 sq.m. of land. Specially formed footpaths give the opportunity to visitors to marvel at the sight of tree truck scattered around the area as well as the sea bottom next to the island of Nisiopi, and be awed by the width of the trunks, the details of the trees to outline the roots, the different colours, the crust and the age routes. This protected by UNESCO land also houses the Museum of Natural History, serving most of all research, promotional, display, preservation, protection, and exploitation purposes. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibition rooms with fossils found around the area, audiovisual multimedia gallery, a library, laboratories and a shop, so as to record and re-create the evolution of the broader ecosystem of the northern Aegean as it was 20 million years ago. A large number of hiking trails between luch forests, olive groves and streams are ideal for the exploration of the local flora and fauna also found at the Wild Animal Shelter in Koutra Horafi, while the 12m Waterfalls of Man Katsa, is an awesome sight in between an outstanding landscape. The mountainous areas attract the lovers of mountain biking, climbing, rappel and flying box, as well as bird watchers. Gazing the migratory birds at the wetlands of Kalloni Lake is one of the main attractions of the island especially during the spring season. Additionally several local hunting clubs operate during the season, providing the necessary info for practicing the sport. Finally Lesvos counts several Hot Springs such as Agios Ioannis and Polichnitos, both operating since the Ottoman occupation, the latter being the hottest one across Europe to offer a therapeutic treat in bubbling waters containing sodium chloride and enriched with a natural radioactivity. The baths of Eftalou is among the few ones in Greece to allow men and women at the same room, while the Therama of Yera Bay offer a natural hydro-massage as waters stream from marble spouts is the one to attract the majority of the visitors also due to its ideal water temperature. Finally, the Loutropoli at Thermi is a salty spring, characterized as chloride-ferrous, with hot waters, especially recommended for gynaecological problems and rheumatism. Lesvos also boasts about 200 Caves some of them being inhabited since the Neolithic times used as places of worship. Among the most distinctive ones is the cave of Megara with unique labyrinthine chambers, stalactites and stalagmites, Agios Ioannis or Fousa featuring two beautiful chambers made of marble and Agios Vartholomaios or Kagiani cave with a central chamber to once house Prehistoric settlements.
Lesvos is also well known for its crystal clear waters with verdant landscapes, having a large number of beaches awarded with Blue Flags to offer a variety of choices between organized and highly touristic beaches along resort villages, to tranquil and secluded ones. The longest beach of Lesvos and a very popular one is Vatera, stretching for 8 km at a sheltered from the winds bay, surrounded by unrivalled natural beauty certified with the EU Blue Flag. Nearby the city of Mytilene right below the castle is the popular organized beach of Tsmakia, and further down the beaches of Petra, Haramida and Kanoni. Around the area of Molyvos, Eftalou is one of the most wonderful beaches of the area with silver waters and natural springs streaming next to it. ChrysiAmmos as well as Tarti are also beautiful spots to offer magical landscapes. Molyvos Beach is another Blue Flagged swimmer’s destination, offering a plethora of water sports and activities. Plomari also provides a wide variety of options for bathers, most popular being Agios Isidoros, known as one of the best beaches in Greece focusing on environmental protection and safety. Melinta beach is a sandy beach with mirror-like waters, while Drota and Ammoudeli, are also good bathing options. Several villages of Lesvos also serve as beach resort to feature amazing beaches such as Anaxos, Scala Eressou, Molyvos, Plomari and Polichnitos. The sea sports lovers have the chance to practice their favourite activities such as scuba diving, wind surfing and kite surfing, sea kayaking, rowing and sailing.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Airport of Lesvos: +30 22510 38700
Port Authority of Mytilene: +30 22510 40827
Lesvos Bus Services: +30 22510 46436
Lesvos Police: +30 22510 41911
Lesvos Tourist Police: +30 22510 22776
Lesvos Hospital: +30 22510 43777