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Holidays to Lesbos

Visit Greece’s third biggest island (after Crete and Evia) for your next getaway to Lesbos. But despite its popularity, this magical place has remained virtually untouched and the crowds are much smaller than on other islands. You can expect unspoilt beaches and a healthy dose of Mediterranean sunshine, all surrounded by lush greenery and olive tree-filled fields. So if you’re seeking a spot of peace and tranquillity off the beaten track, then holidays to Lesbos will be just the ticket. If you feel like a break from the coastline, you can explore the sights and sounds of the island’s historic towns, charming villages and dramatic landscapes.  

26 °C

July and August are the sunniest months

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Mytilene International Airport (MJT) or Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG), and a ferry transfer. 

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Lesbos to experience golden beaches, medieval castles and hot springs all on one spectacular island.

Recommended offers in Lesbos

Haris Studios & Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Short stroll from the beach
  • Outdoor pool
  • Tavernas close by

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 132 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Ourania Studios

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Tranquil location
  • 450m from the beach
  • Swimming pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 129 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Plaza Palace Hotel & Studios

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Ideal for couples
  • 700m to the resort centre and beach
  • Friendly atmosphere

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 189 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person). As a guide this provides a weight allowance of 15kgs. Your actual luggage allowance will be shown on the next page. You might be able to purchase additional luggage allowance by contacting the Airline direct.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • Your transfer will be provided by one of our partners. Information on how you will be met at the airport will be included in your travel documents.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.

Aphrodite Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • More than one restaurant

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 193 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Kalloni Bay

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Pool towels

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 230 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person). As a guide this provides a weight allowance of 15kgs. Your actual luggage allowance will be shown on the next page. You might be able to purchase additional luggage allowance by contacting the Airline direct.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • Your transfer will be provided by one of our partners. Information on how you will be met at the airport will be included in your travel documents.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.

Imerti Resort Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Short walk from the resort centre
  • Great location for bird watching
  • Spacious and homely

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 219 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

On Lesbos’ northern coast are a handful of beach resorts known for their spectacular scenery. Anaxos’ beach is sheltered by blossoming green hills, thick pines and fragrant fruit groves, creating a peaceful environment for relaxing on the beach. Around 10km east is the traditional town of Molyvos. The ideal day trip location it’s a great place to hunt for locally-made gifts and Greek specialties. Down on the south coast, beach resorts like Skala Kalloni are popular for the top choice of family-friendly hotels close to the beach, and a pleasant town centre filled with shops and places to eat.

Lesbos holidays may be a little off the beaten tourist track, but it’s sure to impress the most discerning of travellers. Holidays to Lesbos are your chance to experience laid-back Greek island life. Make your way to stunning beaches like Skala Eressos and Vetera and top up your tan during summer. You’ll also find lots of water sports going on here. over in Molyvos, you’ll discover a wealth of medieval architecture. And there’s plenty of history to uncover elsewhere, too; how about a trip to Mytilini, the island capital? You’ll find a fascinating castle here, along with some great boutique shopping.

Lesbos’ gorgeous beach resorts are modern and family-friendly, but they still retain a sense of traditional Greek charm. Beaches like Anaxos offer the ultimate relaxation, with the bonus of boutique shops and places to eat close by. The golden sand shelves into safe, shallow water that’s lovely and warm in the summer. You’ll find lots of water sports opportunities going on across the island’s beach resorts; why not hire water-skis or paddle around on a sea kayak? 

You’ll find lots of things to do and see on Lesbos holidays. You’ll get a feel for the island’s history in Molyvos, with its breath-taking castle that towers over the town. It’s hundreds of years old, and today it hosts all kinds of cultural events and concerts. Make your way down from the castle and you can enjoy Molyvos’ upbeat atmosphere as you wind through the narrow, cobbled streets. This is one of the best places to shop on the island. Keep an eye out for craft and jewellery shops selling handmade trinkets, and remember to pick up your souvenirs for those poor, unfortunate souls back home who couldn’t come with you to Lesbos!

Lesbos Greece is home to dramatic rural landscapes that are brimming with places to see. During holidays to Lesbos, you can venture out to unusual attractions like the UNESCO-protected petrified forest; discover million-year-old tree trunks that have turned to stone and become fossils, and have a wander around the museum to learn the full story. For the ultimate relaxation, you can head for the thermal springs that are dotted around the island. Swim in the warm waters and relax on the rocks; legend has it that the Eftalou springs near Molyvos have natural healing powers.

RESORTS NEAR LESBOS


HOLIDAYS IN LESBOS


Lesbos Greece is best for…

Beach lovers: Sit back and soak up the Mediterranean sunshine on Lesbos’ spotless golden beaches. And when you’re ready to cool off, take a dip in the mild waters (they’re perfect for swimming). 

Couples: Idyllic beaches and charming towns make this peaceful island. And you’ll discover a wealth of romantic restaurants with stunning sea views where you can watch the sunset on the horizon. It’s the perfect way to end a day. 

Adventurers: Venture out into the gorgeous countryside to explore verdant forests and hot springs. For a historic day out, look no further than the town of Molyvos, which is dominated by an ancient castle.


Fast facts

Language: Greek, although English is widely spoken in the main resorts, hotels and restaurants. Download our handy language app or pack a phrasebook and try out a few Greek basics for yourself.

Currency: Euro (€)

Local time: Lesbos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Mytilene International Airport. The transfer time to the main resorts is between 1.5 hours and 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Lesbos is 4 hours.

Tourist information: It’s worth visiting www.visitgreece.gr to learn more about Lesbos Greece. 

Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for health and visa recommendations and advice for holidays to Lesbos.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Summertime average of 26°C.

Best time to visit: July and August have the longest sunshine hours and warm sea temperatures.

Lesbos has a sunny Mediterranean climate, with milder summers than in some other parts of Greece. The weather really starts to warm up around May, and in July and August, the mercury hovers in the mid-to-high 20s (°C). It’s the best time of year for Lesbos holidays if you’re planning on hitting the beach.


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Getting around

By car: Planning a lot of daytrips beyond the resort? Hiring a car will allow you to take things at your own pace. The island’s roads are generally easy to navigate and it’s easy to pick up a car at the airport.  

By bus: A regular bus and tram service runs across the island, including lots of daily buses in bigger resorts like Molyvos. If you need a quick and easy way to get down to the beach, it’s a good idea to take the bus from your hotel. 

By taxis: Taxis are yellow or grey in Lesbos, Greece, and they tend to run on a meter. It’s an easy and affordable way to get from the airport to your resort, and it’s another option for short journeys during your holiday.


Events

International Women’s Festival: Lesbos is the birthplace of the Greek poet Sappho of Eressos. In her honour, the island hosts a two-week event every September, featuring a mix of Greek and international musicians and artists; it’s a celebration of women in the arts. 

Festival of Saint Trinity: Fancy a day at the races? The town of Kaloni plays host to a colourful, three-day celebration in early July. You can expect horse races, plenty of parties, and delicious feasts during the festival.


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