Lesvos accommodation and hotels
The green island of Lesvos or Mytilene is a popular summer resort without
being too busy. This is where the 7th century BC poetess
Sappho lived, as well as
Alcaios, another ancient poet and allegedly Sapphos lover. The
philosopher Theophrastus was born here in the 4th century BC, and the poet
and Nobel Prize winner Odysseas Elytis also came from Lesbos.
The Greeks call the island Lesvos or Mytilene after its capital. It is large
and has a wonderful landscape, well worth exploring on your own. Because
there is a big military camp here where young Greeks do their national
service, the nightlife gets quite wild, without being extreme like on Ios or
Kos. There are very quiet villages on Lesbos for those that want their peace
and quiet, and it is very close to Turkey.
Lesvos History: The island was
probably inhabited by peoples from Asia Minor in the 2nd Millennium BC,
or even earlier than that. It was a prosperous island, and
Sappho had her school for young noble women in the 7th century BC.
The famous philosopher
Epicurus also founded a school here.
Because of its location, Lesvos was ruled by the Persians during the 6th
and 5th century BC, but the island was a member of the Athenian League,
doing its best to sabotage the Persian enemy. The Romans invaded in the
2nd century BC, and archaeological remains tell us that many wealthy
Romans had villas on the island.
Genuans took the island after the fall of Constantinople and Byzantium
in the beginning of the 13th century, and the Turks came in the 15th
The war of Independence started in 1821, and 91 years later, Lesbos was
What to See in Lesvos
The capital Mytilene has an interesting archaeological museum as well as
a folklore museum. You can also visit the 14th century Kastro, as well
as the Roman theatre from the 3rd or 2nd century BC.
The most beautiful part of the island is by the Kallanis Bay in the
center of the island. There, you can visit the picturesque villages
Kalloni and Molyvo. At the ancient town you can still see walls from the
8th century BC. There is a Byzantine castle.
far from there is Petra, a village with a strange, tall cliff with a
church from the 18th century dedicated to the Virgin Mary the Sweet
Kisser (Panagia Glykofilousas) on top of it.
The monastery Limonos holds invaluable treasures in its museum. Parts of
the monastery can only be visited by men.
The nunnery Ag Raphael is also open to the public .
At the village Mantamado there is a church dedicated to the saint
Taxiarchon. It has a famous icon which allegedly was made out of clay
Another famous icon is kept at the church of the Virgin Mary Zion
(Panagia Sion). It was allegedly made by the evangelist Lucas, and is
believed to have healing powers.
little further north, the picturesque village Mithymna is situated by
the sea. The village is full of traditional houses and winding streets,
and there is an old Kastro here.
Eressos is another lovely village of special interest, since both Sappho
Theophrastus lived here. There is an archaeological and a folklore
museum here, as well as a petrified forest well worth a visit..
What to Do
: There are many places to visit, and several beaches have watersports.
The island is also great for trekking and driving around, and many
bird-watchers have found their paradise on the island.
Kalloni and Petra are just two of the island's wonderful
beaches, which are also good for families with children.
Ag Isidoros and Skala are also very nice places for
swimming, but there are many, many more beaches here..
Nighttlife:Lesvos has a good
nightlife, and you'll find bars and discos in Mytilene, Mithymnia and
Skala for example.
Food In Mytilene and Mithymna you'll
find both Greek and International restaurants, but all the villages also
have small, traditional taverns with good food. The island is known for its
olives and ouzo, and there are several local sweets.
Shopping:You'll find everything you
need in Mytilene. A typical souvenir from Lesbos is the olive oil and of
course ouzo on of the most famous famous products of Lesbos.
Getting Around The local
buses all start in Mytilene, and there are connections to most villages
around the island. There are also taxis and vehicles for rent, as well
as boats that can take you to some of the beaches.
Taxi services: Taxis on Lesvos are useful for
transportation around the island. Basically they run 24
hours daily. The drivers are kindly willing to drive you
safely to your destination for economical prices. We
transfer our guests from/to airport and port of Mitilini
to the Northern part of the island which is mostly
touristy, excursions and local fares. Theo the taxi
driver based in Petra and much more fares can be
executed from Petra to any part of the island. For
further information you can visit the following website:
Lesvos Hotels and accommodation:
Aeolian Gaea Hotel Lesvos.
luxurious, exquisitely designed hotel, 500 metres from
Kalloni Beach, was built in 2007 to a very high standard
and combines a marvellous eclectic style garnered from
the traditional and the modern. In particular the
frescoes in both the reception area and the suites, by
the renowned Greek artist, Ioannis Papaioannou, capture
the wonderful art culture of Lesvos from its ancient
history through to the modern day. The complex comprises
four buildings as well as a 225 square metre swimming
pool, sauna and gymnasium. The decoration of these, as
well as the suites have all been designed to create a
feeling of warmth and comfort. The services offered by
the hotel are outstanding making the Aeolian Gaea Hotel
something unique and special on the island.
Imerti Resort Hotel Skala Lesvos.
the peaceful region of Kalloni, with its beautiful
nature reserves, the Imerti Resort Hotel can offer
everything you would wish for on your holiday. Nestling
in its own beautiful gardens it offers comfortable and
spacious accommodation and first-class entertainment
facilities. All rooms have their own private balcony as
well as a fully equipped kitchenette for self-catering.
A buffet breakfast is served daily on the terrace
garden. The hotel has wireless internet access that is
freely available to guests as well as a free internet
corner. There is a large outdoor pool, massage
facilities and, also, we can arrange for you to take
scuba diving lessons. We have arcade games available
that all the family can enjoy.
Aphrodite Beach Hotel, Vatera, Lesvos
This seafront hotel is located on one of the most
magnificent beaches of Lesvos, the beach of Vatera which
is over 10km long. The attractive, modern Aphrodite
Beach Hotel offers well furnished, air-conditioned rooms
all of them enjoying either sea or mountain views. As
well as double or triple rooms the Aphrodite Beach Hotel
has spacious family rooms as well as sound-proofed rooms
and no-smoking rooms. The hotel boasts a bar and
restaurant which serves delicious traditional food. It
also owns a seafront taverna where the same beautifully
cooked food can be sampled. The friendly reception area
will gladly take care of your valuables in the hotelís
safety deposit box. The Aphrodite Beach Hotel welcomes
Panselinos Hotel, Molyvos, Eftalou Beach,
The Panselinos Hotel is located in a beautiful position
overlooking Eftalou Beach. The pretty hotel complex is
painted in soft pastels that gently harmonise with the
clear blue of the Aegean and the magnificent gardens
that surround the hotel. Here by the poolside or from
your balcony you can unwind and relax in the comfort
offered by the Panselinos Hotel. Children are loved and
welcomed here and the facilities include childrenís pool
and playground which are supervised by qualified staff.
Our restaurant offers delicious local recipes made from
local produce and evening entertainment includes Greek
music and dancing.
Getting There:Lesbos has its
own airport, and if you can't find a direct flight, it also has good
connections with both Athens and Thessaloniki. There are also
ferry-boats to and from Pireus, Thessaloniki and Alexandropolis, as well
as islands like Chios, Samos, Rhodes and Kos.
|| Phone numbers*
| Size: 1600 sq. km
||International code: 0030
|Population: about 110 000
||Local code: 22510
|Cash machine: Yes
|Internet cafe: Yes
||Port Police: 24115
||Tourist Information: 71347
||Bus company: 28138
|Tour Operators:Libra, JMC, Apollo, Ving
||Telephone company (OTE):
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