The unique island of Lesvos, located in the northeastern Aegean Sea, is an astonishing contrast to the lush splendor of the rest of the cosmopolitan islands with its mysterious forests, dramatic coastline and rugged mountains. It is a mosaic of attractions, with many unique natural beauties, rare geological monuments, tremendous changes in its landscape, amazing archaeological treasures, settlements of excellent architectural beauty, wetlands, hiking trails, museums of considerable traditional value, unique local cuisine, live pagan events and pilgrimages known across the country.
There are numerous sand and pebble beaches and many sheltered and isolated coves dotted along the spectacular indented coastline. The temperate climate, inland rivers and natural springs contribute to maintaining the surprisingly lush vegetation of the island. Lesvos is renowned for its many varied species of flora and fauna. It is also host to a superb petrified forest located between Eressos and Sigri in the Southwest.
Mytilene is a large and busy harbor and also one of the most polluted in the Aegean, with raw sewage discharged at the very spot where yachts are moored. Recently, however, the harbor has been refurbished, with the bollards and moorings rings repainted and new water and electricity points installed along the quays.
Bird Watching Tower
Kalloni Bay is the best option for alternative tourism. It is well-known as a bird watching destination.
The Municipal theater of Mitilini has been recently renovated and hosts theatrical groups, speeches and music performances.The interior of the theatre has a large, impressive auditorium with a 700-seat capacity.
On the southern coast of Lesvos, Plomari, the ouzo capital of Greece, is built amphitheatrically near the sea and is the second largest town in the island after Mytilini. This is where the famous Barbayiannis Ouzo comes from as well as several other smaller labels like the excellent Ouzo Giannatsi, both distilled in the traditional method.
The traditional cafe, Kura- Rhnhs (Ms Irene’ cafe) is located in Agios Dimitrios, Agiasos. It is a small, picturesque cafenion, which travel visitors to the past.
The north part of the beach is characterized by crystal clear, shallow waters and fine sand. The other side (south of the port) the morphology of the sea-floor changed completely: there are thick quite clearly pebbles with unique colors.
Ideal for swimming, even for little children or the elderly, Sigri beach is quite well equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas and is located in the outskirts of Sigri, 90 km north west of Mytilene town. With a tavern on the beach as well as a canteen which sells snacks and drinks, food is not a problem here.