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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

Niki's Michael Studios

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • 800m from the sandy beach
  • Quiet location
  • 700m from the resort centre

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Based on 211 reviews

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Based on 19 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Plaza Palace Hotel & Studios

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Ideal for couples
  • 700m to the resort centre and beach
  • Friendly atmosphere

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Based on 187 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 14 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Nakelis

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • 500m from the sand and shingle beach
  • Breathtaking views of mountains
  • Swimming pool

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Based on 82 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Moongarden Village

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Traditional-style villas
  • 650m away from resort centre
  • Turkish bath

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 27 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Haris Studios & Apartments

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

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 128 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 2 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Sunrise Resort Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Peaceful location
  • À la carte restaurant
  • Regular courtesy bus into resort centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 212 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 11 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

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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