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Lesvos Holidays | Cheap Holidays to Lesvos

Lesvos (alternatively spelt Lesbos), the third largest of the Greek islands, is a little different from the rest, being largely self-sufficient thanks to its commerce in olive-growing and fishing. Despite being a popular summer holiday destination it remains unspoilt and natural, untainted by most tourist trappings, and its size precludes it from becoming overcrowded or claustrophobic like some of the other Greek resort islands.

Situated in the Aegean, Lesvos is very close to the Turkish coast and well connected by air and sea to Athens and Thessalonika, as well as some of the other Ionian Islands like Rhodes and Kos.

The delightful island is encircled with quaint fishing villages and pale gold sandy beaches, while inland the fertile soil is rich with olive groves, the uplands covered in pine and holme oak. Two gulfs, which penetrate deep into the interior of the island, provide for an interesting, sheltered coastline.

The main town on the island is Mitilini, a city of about 30,000 inhabitants clustered around its well-preserved Byzantine castle. The favourite spots for holidaymakers, however, are the northern village of Molivos; the south coast town of Plomari (where it is reputed the finest ouzo in the world is still made); and Sigri, at the western tip, near the world's largest petrified forest.

Apart from beautiful, secluded beaches and superb opportunities for walking and bird-watching, Lesvos has relics of a long and proud history to explore. The island has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and rose to glory particularly around the 6th century BC when it was rivalled only by Athens as a great centre of civilisation, home to the legendary poets Sappho and Alcaeus.

Lesvos is known as the birthplace of the ancient poet Sappho, and in recent years tourism has increased for lesbian and all-female tour groups who come to pay homage. Lesvos is known as a gay-friendly island, and resorts like Skala Eressos are focused on women-only holidays.

Today it is easy for visitors to wax poetical when enjoying the serenity of this beautiful lush island with its balmy Mediterranean climate.

Information & Facts

Night Life

It may not be known as party central, but with enough bars, clubs and tavernas, Lesvos has plenty to offer those looking for a good night out. Nightlife in Mitilini is focused around the waterfront, with a younger, trendier crowd frequenting the eastern side where the drinks are cheap. The older, more mature crowds enjoy the south side where more relaxed and stylish places can be enjoyed without the thumping of a bass line in the background, or a riveting conversation can be shared over dinner in a vibrant taverna. The Byzantine castle at the top of the hill occasionally hosts music and drama performances, providing a very special setting for night time entertainment.

Molivos doesn't attract the same young crowds as other Greek holiday resorts, but a few clubs and discos keep the nightlife scene alive. Skala Eressos has a lively gay-friendly nightlife, with a number of music bars and cafes spilling onto the beach. Although Lesvos is known to be a great destination for gay or lesbian couples, for a booming gay-friendly nightlife Mykonos can't be beat - Lesvos remains a fairly sedate island, although an increasingly popular one.

Shopping

Like most holiday shopping scenes, Lesvos has its fair share of gift shops selling the usual tacky souvenirs; all of the Greek resorts have the same stock-standard shops and gifts. However, there are also great finds if you know where to look. Head to Molivos for fantastic markets to explore as well as dinky cobblestoned streets lined with little stores where you can get happily lost and find some real treasures. Villages such as Plomari, Eressos, Agiassos, and Agia Paraskev have a few shops, but nothing compared to the calibre or variety travellers will find in Mitilini or Molivos.

Popular buys include local produce like graviera cheese and Ouzo Wine, as well as crafts, leather goods, ceramics, unique Greek designed jewellery, woven goods and interesting folk art. Tourist shops tend to be open from about 9am to 10pm in the peak summer months, while others close earlier. Those few who choose to visit the island during the winter off-season may find many of the tourist shops closed or with greatly reduced hours. If you are on the island towards the end of the season, in September and October, you may find some great sales.

The Eftalou hotel is located 250 m from Eftalou beach and 2 km from the centre of Molyvos, with its banks, shops, bars, taverns, the lively harbour and the Byzantine Castle. The popular beach town of Petra is 7 km away and it is also 62 km away from Mytiline..
Public bus service to Mytilíni (approx. 50 km, during high season only). Mini-market is within 300 m. and supermarket within 900 m. This family run hotel opened in 1992, renovated in 2002 and offers reception, safety boxes, fax and mail service,..
The Aphrodite Beach Hotel has a secret that makes it perfect for families: it's run by a family, who know exactly how to look after their guests! Located on the longest and most spectacular beach in Lesvos, the Aphrodite is within easy reach of a number..
Located in Plomari , this popular property offers an ideal place of rest and relaxation. The Hotel is a quick drive from the airport. The Hotel is within easy reach of the beach.
The Greek Islands are timeless in their charm and can be easy on your budget. Switch off from your busy world and escape to the Greek Island of Lesvos (also named Lesbos and Mytilene). Dianthi Apartments (only 5) enjoys a farm setting amongst a rambling..
Molivos at the northern tip of Lesvos is arguably the most beautiful village of Lesvos island in Greece, with is picturesque ha rbour dominated by the castle and tiers of red-tiled stone houses climbing up the slopes away from the blue sea. At night,..
Facilities and services include a 24 hrs reception, restaurant, snack bar, outdoor pool, children pool, elevator, wireless Internet in public areas, meeting room and parking. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, TV, telephone, wireless Internet,..
This hotel enjoys an elevated position in Lesvos, lying just 800 metres away from Plomari and the charming village of Saint Isidoros. The hotel is set overlooking a beautiful beach, lying just 400 metres away from a number of tavernas. The Ouzo museums..
Hotel is a traditionally family hotel in the historical town of Molivos.Its within easy walking distance to every point of interest.its 500 meters from castle and 4,5 km from Eftalou Beach.
Lakis Studio is a 2-star, small apartment complex, pink, cosy and very laid back, where personal service is central. Situated near the picturesque village of Anaxos, on the island of Lesvos, Lakis is quietly located on the outskirts of the village. The..
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