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.
Things to do
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.
Peaceful, traditional resorts
Mytilini is the ancient capital of Lesbos Island and well worth a look around. Steeped in history, it bears a similar resemblance to Athens. You’ll find lots to see and do in this exciting city, but the smaller villages of Lesbos have just as much to offer as their larger capital. The village of Petra is becoming a tourist magnet for all the right reasons, with its attractive pedestrianised centre and famous church perched atop a huge rock. And then the historical village of Molyvos is the epitome of Greek tradition and beauty.
Unlike many of the other, busier Greek islands, an afternoon spent on the beach in Lesbos will be a peaceful and relaxing affair. It’s not uncommon for there to be just a small handful of people on the island’s stunning golden beaches. Pure bliss. Venture further inland and you’ll find discover ancient petrified forests, lush green vegetation and mile upon mile of rural landscapes. Not to mention the classic Greek sight of olive trees growing in the warm sun.
The island of Lesbos has earned itself the reputation of being one of the best birdwatching destinations in all of Europe. If this is your type of thing then the best time of year to visit would be during the month of May. This is when the weather is perfect for being outdoors and you have more chance of spotting rare and beautiful species as migration is in full swing.
Places to stay
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.
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