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.

Anaxos

This pretty resort on the northern coast of Lesvos may have a calm atmosphere but you’ll still find a good selection of tavernas and bars to enjoy.

Molivos

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

Petra

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

Anaxos Hotel
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£429pp
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  • 7 Nights, Self Catering
  • 3 Adults, 0 Children

Anaxos Hotel

Anaxos, Lesvos

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  • Close to the beach
  • Chilled pool scene
  • Spacious rooms
  • Great restaurant
  • Friendly atmosphere
Plaza Palace Hotel
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£444pp
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  • London Stansted, Thu 01 Oct 2020
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Plaza Palace Hotel

Anaxos, Lesvos

Our rating

  • Charming and authentic
  • Outdoor pool with pool bar
  • Close to shop and bars
  • Welcoming atmosphere
  • Peaceful surroundings
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+ 2 hours

Cost of a beer

£3.60

3 course meal

£30

Flight time

4 hours

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, both with soft sands to sink your toes into.

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.

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.
Skala Eressos Beach

Skala Eressos Beach

Lesvos

Hailed as one of the best beaches on the island, Skala Eressos is a great place to lay down your towel – it’s even earned Blue Flag status. It sits at the bottom of a huge green valley and the sand...

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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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...
The Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production of Lesvos

The Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production of Lesvos

Lesvos

Olive oil lover? Delve deep into the history of olive oil production on the island at this fascinating museum. You can tour the restored factory and learn about the stages of production from tree to bottle from...

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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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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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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