Lesbos travel guide

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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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.

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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.

Holiday destinations related to Lesbos:

  • Petra
  • 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.