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Lesvos is a jewel, often called the emerald isle because much of it is covered in lush forests and olive groves. It is one of the biggest and most beautiful islands in Greece, large enough to have...

Lesvos is a jewel, often called the emerald isle because much of it is covered in lush forests and olive groves. It is one of the biggest and most beautiful islands in Greece, large enough to have an unbelievable wealth of attractions but traditional enough to overflow with charm and character.

Lesvos is action-packed, fun-filled and a great place to relax under a sunshade on a secluded beach, delve into fascinating history, sip an ouzo in a tranquil village, climb a mountain or explore a petrified forest.

There are long, lively sandy beaches such as those at Eressos, Kalloni, Molyvos and Anaxos; quieter beaches including Ermogenis, Kambos and Gavathas, plus windsurfing at Sigri.

Bustling Mytilene, the cosmopolitan artistic and commercial centre, is full of shops, bars and restaurants. It has lovely 18th century mansions and what is believed to be the largest castle in the Mediterranean.

The winding streets of magnificent Moylvos lead from the town and beach to a gloriously-preserved medieval castles. Moylvos is a busy, popular resort and a great place to enjoy the sunset.

There are many villages to visit, so make time to choose from delightful places like the traditional craft centre of Agiassos, in the mountains. Petra, with its church high on a rock, and Polichnitos, with its hot thermal springs is on the coast.

It’s difficult to go to Lesvos and avoid history that rewinds beyond the time, 2,600 years ago, when the woman poet Sappho was born there. At least eight ancient communities have been discovered and the remains of a towering stone aqueduct date to when the Romans needed to channel water from the mountains to the coast. 

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