Lesvos: More Than Just Another Greek
love this island, also known by the name of Mytilini, the name of the main city, which is the port where most people will arrive either by boat or plane. Great market. The
best food, especially seafood. Famous for ouzo
and sardines. Try Dimino and Gianatsi which are my
favorites and are distilled in the traditional
way. Popular brands like Mini, Plomari and
Veto are better than the commercial brands you
will find in the airport or at home. (tip: to
find the best ouzo check the alchohol content.
The closer to 40%, the better the taste. The
sardines come from two big bays, Yera and
Kaloni. Skala Erressos is the birthplace of Sapho.
It's one of the best beaches in the world
and a popular family destination as well as alternative travelers meaning in this case gay women, spiritually-minded people and poets. It also has some of the best restaurants on the island and cafes and bars right on the sea. One of the best towns for families with children since it has a long boardwalk and is basically car-free for the most part.
built around a medieval castle. Many
foreigners, some visiting, some living there.
There's a Zen center and other spiritual and
cultural forums. Plomari is famous for having
the best ouzo, and the strongest. Kaloni is
the bird-watching capital of Europe and has
more wildflowers then anywhere in Greece. The
best sardines too. Thermal spas at Skala
Thermi, Eftalou and Yeros which people say can
cure a variety of ailments. (They worked on my
back). The beach at Vatera is about seven
kilometers long one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. The town of Sigri has amazing beaches, most long and empty and a summer wind that keeps the place so cool you don't need air-conditioning. The island is big. Too big
for motorbikes. You will need a car if you
want to explore but you can be perfectly happy
without one. The
Sunrise Hotel is Luxury at economy prices.
Also the Sea Horse in Molyvos is right in the
harbor and is cheap. Lesvos is
! You can
save money by going here and have as much fun
or more then you will elsewhere. You can also do daytrips and overnight trips to Avalik, Turkey, about an hour away by ferry.
leave Pireaus at dusk and arrive in Mytilini
at 7am every day, stopping in Chios though in the last couple years they have added some fast boats that take about 7 hours. There is
also an international airport so close to the
beach that you can go for a swim if your
flight is delayed.
Lesvos: More Than Just Another Greek island
some people say is my best website
Check out the Hotel
Aphrodite on beautiful and endless Vatera
Beach. Canadian owned by a family with kids so
if you are traveling with yours you know the
value of having others nearby.
For houses and
villas on Lesvos see
For holiday programs in Lesvos see
Fantasy Travel's Lesvos
For hotel descriptions, bookings and rates
www.hotelsofgreece.com or search Booking.com