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Car Hire in Lesbos
When hiring a car in Lesvos, you’ll find a low-cost affordable service from Thomas Cook, with a range of cars available to suit your personal needs and budget.
Simply book online and pick up your car at Mytilene International Airport before exploring everything Lesvos has to offer.
Why rent a car in Lesbos
Approximately 55 miles wide by 30 miles long, Lesvos might be Greece’s third-largest island, but it’s easy to explore by car with a well-planned itinerary.
The island itself is marked by long sweeps of rugged, desert like western planes that develop into spectacular beaches hugging the coastline as far as the eye can see. The centre of the island is home to salt marshes, whilst further east the mountains are covered in dense forest and olive groves.
The roads are well maintained and quiet, making exploring the likes of Mytilini Town (the lively capital and port) and Molyvos (home to winding lanes and old stone houses overlooking the sea) a dream.
What are the best driving routes in Lesbos
The relatively calm nature of the roads in Lesvos compared to other Greek islands, make it a favourite for holiday makers keen to explore further than the beach or the pool.
Top routes include the dirt road from Sigri to Eressos; it’ssteep in places but the view as you descend into Eressos is one of the best on the island. Another popular, and just as spectacular drive is from Anaxos to the Petrified Forest. Again the route can be steep and also exposed so it’s best to make your way in the morning to avoid the midday heat. View the coastal petrified trees, before visiting the museum and taking some time out at Faneromeni beach. Take a look around the old monastery at Moni Ipsolu before relaxing in the quaint Greek village of Antissa on your journey back.
Make the most of beach life in Lesvos with a trip to Vatera in the south. As one of the longest beaches in Greece, the uninterrupted sand goes on for 7km and the drive is spectacular. There are two routes to take: one a seemingly never ending dirt road, the other a scenic paved road winding through the island’s famous olive groves, forests, mountain villages and finally Vatera.
What’s the speed limit in Lesbos
As is the case with mainland Greece and the islands, the speed limit is:
Things to watch out for in Lesbos
Speed traps are used by local police a lot in Lesvos, especially when out of town on the longer stretches of road. You might also find you’ll be stopped for random checks, even if you’re driving at the correct speed limit. With this in mind, make sure you always carry your car hire documents, passport and driving licence with you.
Outside of town you’ll probably also run into some other obstructions on quieter roads. There are many flocks of sheep and herds of goats roaming free on the island. During hot weather, the goats in particular gather in the shade under the trees; often in the road. They can also be moved by herders along the road so you’ll need to wait patiently if this happens.
Tips for driving in Lesbos
Here are some helpful tips when driving in Lesvos:
Hiring a car with Thomas Cook…
There’s a variety of cars available to suit your holiday requirements and budget. With free theft protection (TP) and collision damage waiver (CDW), look no further than Thomas Cook for your car hire to make the most of your time in Lesvos.