Located on the South - Eastern tip of the island,
Mytilene is the largest town and consequently the capital of the Lesvos. An administrative and cultural
centre, Mytilene has a population of 40,000 (one third of the islands population) and is host to the islands Airport and the main seaport of the same name. It is built amphitheatrically around its well-preserved Byzantine Castle, one of the biggest in the Mediterranean region. The quay and the parallel road of the market represent the beat of the life in town. On the northeast side of town, one can find the ancient Theatre, built in Hellenistic times and was one of the biggest theatres in Greece. A beautiful capital full of superb mansions, colourful houses, squares, impressive churches, pleasant cafes and a variety of shops.
The island's capital Mytilene (Mitilini
Travelling northeast from Mytilene you will find beautiful scenery, an abundance of history and culture for you to explore:
Moria , the Roman Aqueduct that was built in the 2nd-3rd century AD.
Thermi, the famous Monastery of Agiou Raphael. There you can see the Shrine of the Newly Sanctified Martyrs of Raphael, the Father Superior of the destroyed Monastery, of Nikolas, the deacon, and the young Irene, all three of whom died as martyrs at the hands of the Turks in1463. A miracle was responsible for the discovery of the bodies of the saints, by Angelos Rallis, who donated the land for the monastery.
Mantamados, famous for its cheeses & fine pottery) and the famous Church of Taxiarches, where the miracle, working saint of the island is worshipped. The carved icon, was made by a monk using mud and the blood of his fallen comrades, after being miraculously saved by Saracen pirates.
Skala Sikaminias, one of the most charming fishing villages and the most beautiful sunset. The special characteristic of Skala Sikaminias is "Our Lady the mermaid", a little church built on a strip of land immersing in the sea.
And then, at the northest point of the island one will find the stunning preserved village of
Mithymna or Molivos. It is the most picturesque place on Lesvos and one of the most beautiful mediaeval places that Greece has to show. Climbing on the slope, with the preserved castle as a cover, captivates anyone who faces it for the first time with its wonderful atmosphere of charm and discovery.
The traditional architecture reflects the social life styles of thepast. Molivos harbour is quaint, colourful and a great place to relax and enjoy the daily fresh fish. Molivos has become one of the most visited and popular tourist attractions on the island and by some it has been called "paradise on earth".
Only a short distance from Molivos is the preserved village of
Petra. Petra is a picturesque coastal village and consists of small streets with cobbled stone and hidden treasures. The settlement is built on the beach and around the famous rock to which it owns its modern name. On the top of the rock is situated the church of Panagia Glykofyloussa "Sweet
Kissing Virgin Mary”, built in 1747. The beautiful long sandy beaches of Petra (and the neighbouring resort of Anaxos), are filled every summer with people who can still find the calmness of the small villages on the island.
The long sandy beach of Petra
At the western tip of Lesvos, Sigri is a pretty fishing village with a nice little beach and a castle that goes back to the 18th century. Not far from there lies the Petrified Forest, dating back fifteen million years.
Finally, not far from Sigri, one will find the town of Eressos. Eressos has been the birth place of Sappho (famous poet) and Theoprastos. Its port, Skala Eressos, is a famous resort with a magnificent sandy beach, cafes, taverns and tourist shops.
The gulf of Kalloni is full of sardines which Lesvos and Kalloni in particular are famous for. It is said that the sardines from the bay are the healthiest in the world due to their high mineral content. Local people say that the reason for this is because the rains wash the oil from the olive groves into the bay. Sardines from Kaloni are delicious, grilled, fried or eaten as Sadeless Pastes and taste even better with a glass of ouzo. The daily catch is brought into the quaint but busy village harbour. The Skala Kaloni Sardine Festival (usually on the first weekend of August) is celebrated in the village square featuring free ouzo and sardines, a live band and traditional dancers adding a unique experience to your holiday.
Ruins of temple in Halinados, central Lesvos
The gulf of Gera is a distinguish part of Lesvos and is considered as one of the most beautiful gulfs of the Mediterranean Sea. The road from
Mytilene to Plomari, follows for a long enough distance the coastline of the gulf, offering the visitor the chance to enjoy the simple and pure beauty of the landscape. The gulf is all green, with numerous and picturesque settlements and a special grace which only the visitors can feel.
The village Agiassos is located at the NE slopes of mountain Olympos, at a height of 475 metres. Agiassos, with the stone-paved streets, is renowned for its special natural landscape and its traditional architecture. It is also a preserved settlement and religious centre of the island and famous for its handmade wood-carved furniture and icons and ceramics.
The unparallel beauty of Lesvos nature
Going south Plomari combines the past with the present. Evidence of the great flourish that the town achieved during the last century is the abandoned oil-presses, the soap factories, the mansions with the peculiar architecture and the imposing churches. Famous for its special flavor
drink is the Ouzo of Plomari.
Further south is Vatera offering one of the most superb beaches on the island, 10 Km long.
With its Award winning beaches and traditional villages Lesvos has a unique beauty that creates a harmonic blend.
Lesvos is truly a place to discover the real Greece.