The green island of Lesvos,
(also known as Mytilini), is the third largest island of Greece, after Crete and Evia. It has a population of approximately 90,000 inhabitants, a third of which lives in the island’s capital, Mytilini. Lesvos is mountainous with two predominant peaks, Lepetymnos and Olympos.
The island is easily reachable by ferry or jet from Athens as well as by flights, not just from Athens, but also from various European cities.
As all would agree, Lesvos is a blessed island having everything : beautiful beaches, (many of which have been awarded the blue flag), medieval castles, traditional villages, hotels, restaurants and much more. Despite tourism, the inhabitants of the island have managed to retain their traditions and customs.
The volcanic activity in Lesvos resulted in the formation of several hot springs, known since antiquity.
These hot springs are used as valid therapeutic treatment for all kinds of aliments and can be found is several locations, such as Thermi, Efthalou, Polychnitos etc.
The island is also considered one of the main stops in the migration routes of European birds coming from Africa. So, if you are a nature-lover you have to visit Lesvos and you won’t regret it.
Lesvos is also famous for it’s alcoholic drink ouzo and for being the birthplace of many great personalities. Musicians, poets and writers were all inspired by the natural and cultural charm of the island. Lesvos is the birthplace of the female poet Sappho, as well as of the famous painter Theofilos.
The Nobel prize winner Odysseas Elytis, also born in Lesvos, in one of his poems, describes the island as having the shape of a leaf.