Lesvos

Lesvos holidays

Some destinations burst on your radar, others bide their time – and unassuming Lesvos has done just that. It may be the third largest island in Greece but it’s relatively untouched, making it the perfect place to pitch up, plop down and enjoy a little peace and quiet. The magical landscape here dances between densely-forested mountains, unspoilt beaches and hills blanketed in olive plantations, making for days of adventure.
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Panorama Hotel Lesvos

Petra, Lesvos

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  • Close to the beach
  • Peaceful atmosphere
  • Lovely pool area
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Belvedere Hotel

Molivos, Lesvos

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  • Peaceful location
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Great views
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro (€)

Time difference

+2hrs

Local beer

£3.60

Meal for two

£30

Average flight time

4hrs

The island of ouzo

Love a local tipple? You’re in the right place here, as Lesvos’ farmers create around half of the world’s ouzo supply. But that’s not all – groves are heavy with plump olives and fishing boats trundle in and out of the harbours everyday with fresh catches. Sample all these goodies and more at the traditional tavernas peppered around the island.

Beach bliss

Nestled in the eastern Aegean, Lesvos is a sun-kissed island designed for relaxation. Unwind on the pebbly shore of Eftalou Beach – you won’t be able to take your eyes off the sapphire sea sparkling ahead of you. Anaxos Beach and Petra Beach are equally dazzling.

Magical Molivos

Terracotta-topped Molivos, a centuries-old town with roots in the Ottoman era, is ready for its close-up. Wander along the cobbled lanes, lined with stone houses and leafy trees, before venturing towards the castle-capped harbour. Speaking of the castle, this 14th-century wonder presides over Molivos and has amazing views out to Turkey from its ramparts.

Petra

This teeny village, strung along the north coast of Lesvos, offers a blissful beach break to all that come here.

Molivos

Surrounded by the glittering Aegean Sea, this gorgeous Greek town is a stunner.

Skala Kallonis

Tucked away on the Bay of Kalloni is a little village named Skala Kallonis.

Beaches

Lesvos’ beaches are total knockouts. If you’re looking for a pebbly patch, Eftalou is the ideal spot to sit back and watch the waves tumble in. It’s dramatic in looks and houses the Mineral Baths of Eftalou too. Meanwhile, the golden sands of Anaxos and Petra twinkle away.

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Petra Beach

Petra Beach

Petra, Lesvos

Settle down onto soft sands when you enjoy a day out to Petra Beach. This lengthy narrow stretch is lapped by the azure Aegean, dotted with sunbeds and umbrellas for relaxing with a good book. Plus it's lined...
Vatera beach

Vatera beach

Lesvos

Stretching 7km along the south western side of Lesvos, Vatera Beach is a beauty. With soft sand and clear water lapping at the shore, it’s the perfect place to kick back, soak up the sun and splash around with...

Sights

Between the towns around the island, you’ll find various museums, medieval castles and art galleries waiting to wow you. But head into the rural areas and you won’t be disappointed either. For starters, the ancient Petrified Forest of Lesvos is an outstanding feature of the Sigri area and has been a treasured monument since the 80s.

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Petrified forest of Lesvos

Petrified forest of Lesvos

Lesvos

Wait, this isn’t as scary as it sounds! After a volcanic eruption almost 20 million years ago, the trees in this forest were basically frozen in time after being covered in lava and ash. The wood changed to...
Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Lesvos

Similar to its American counterpart, Lesvos’ Statue of Liberty stands tall over the surrounding land. You’ll find it at the Port of Mytilini, welcoming ships to the island. It’s around...

Activities

While Molivos is a town with a warren of cobbled streets, studded with quaint old buildings, you’ll also find traditional touches in the capital, Mytilini Town. It’s packed with charm and there’s a harbour too, so you can enjoy strolls before heading off on a boat trip. Who’s for exploring salt marshes or hot springs?

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Explore Molivos harbour

Explore Molivos harbour

Molivos, Lesvos

For a taste of fresh food, gorgeous views and a spot of shopping, Molivos harbour is the place to be. Wander along the harbour and tuck in to the finest catch of the day. Once you’ve explored, take your pick of...
Go bird watching

Go bird watching

Skala Kallonis, Lesvos

In the early summer months, just after spring, it’s a bird-watcher’s paradise here. With hatched new-borns now able to fly, you’ll spy various different types of feathered friend – some species are even rare or...

Eating and drinking

Among the classic Greek dishes and meze platters that you can bank on, Lesvos is renowned for two exports. There’s no doubt your salads and breads will be drizzled in rich olive oil, while the locals like to wash down their meals with a shot glass of ouzo.

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Avlaki Taverna

Avlaki Taverna

Petra, Lesvos

Between Petra and Anaxos, sitting on the beautiful beach is Avlaki Taverna. This traditional Greek restaurant is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, sample local flavours and enjoy a refreshing drink after...
Congas Beach Bar

Congas Beach Bar

Molivos, Lesvos

Whether it's day or night, you can always rely on Congas Beach Bar. Stop here for a spot of lunch and a refreshing drink in the daytime or head back when night falls for DJs, mojitos and good times. With...

Shopping

Fancy yourself as a souvenir-hunter? Keep your beady eyes peeled for olive-based products. You’ll find everything from soap to mini bottles of olive oil, so have some coins at the ready. In central Mytilini, there’s a bustling marketplace to explore and various remarkable antique stores as well.

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Nightlife

Across Molivos, Anaxos, Petra and some of the larger towns, you’ll be privy to an array of low-key tavernas and bars that promise fun nightlife scenes. Friendly beachfront bars, espresso and cocktail digs, places even with a few neon signs – it’s a laid-back affair all over, but well worth making the most of.

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Cocktail bars in Petra

Cocktail bars in Petra

Lesvos

Catch the sunset from one of the open-air bars on Lesvos’ lively north coast. You can expect live bands playing all the classics, traditional Greek music and dancing and even open-mic sessions on some...
Jalouse Beach Bar

Jalouse Beach Bar

Anaxos, Lesvos

Looking for music, drinks and a waterfront setting? Then Jalouse Beach Bar in Anaxos is the prime spot! Sitting right on the beach and offering up amazing views of the sunset, you won’t find a better spot to...
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