Lesvos: Vast nature and ouzo!


Lesvos belongs to the islands of the North-eastern Aegean Sea, is the third largest Greek island after Crete and Evia and extends in 1630 sq. km. Its population is about 100,000 inhabitants and Mytilene is the capital of the island.

It is an island which presents a thriving ground of olive groves, rich in flora and fauna, small valleys and springs, mountain ranges and beautiful beaches. All these compose a unique scene of natural beauty.

The modern local economy is supported in the rural production and concretely in the cultivation of olive trees with the production of exceptional quality of olive oil as well as in the livestock farming and the fishery. Also the section of distillery is developed, having as main product the worldwide famous drink of ouzo. It’s worth-noticing the fact that many inhabitants are professionally engaged in tourism.

Lesvos map

Mytilene, the capital of Lesvos is built on 7 hills and it has about 25.000 residences approximately. It is one of the most ancient cities of Greece and it got its name by one of Makaros daughters, the first settles of the island.

You should visit the Archaeological museums, the unique mosaics of Menadros house, the Byzantine Castle, the Roman Aqueduct, therapeutic Spa in Therma, the Churches of Taxiarches and Agios Therapon , the museum of Popular Art such as the mountainous village Agiasos. It offers a green landscape with many picturesque and narrow streets and the Garden of Panagia with the age-long plane tree and the magical view.

Mithimna is one of the most ancient towns on the island and it is built on the top of which the medieval castle dominates. In the past it was a place of inspiration for many writers, poets and artists such as the poet Arion, who perfected the dithyramb and the writers Ilias Venezis and Argiris Eftaliotis. You should visit the Venetian Castle, the museum and the art Gallery.

Polichnitos is located to the south east part of the island among the pine-trees forests, springs and wonderful beaches. You should visit the monastery of Damari, the church of Agios Pavlos and the prehistoric settlement in Chalkies.

Plomari is located in the south part of the island and is amphitheatrically built with a view over the blue sea of Aegean. You should visit the Folklore Museum and the museum of Ouzo. It is worth to taste the famous, for its special taste, ouzo of Plomari.

In Lesvos island you should also visit the Monastery of Limonos, the fossilize forest and the castles of Sigriou and Molyvou.

Famous beaches in Samos Island: Tsamakia, Agios Isidoros, Plakakia, Ammoudeli, Agia Varvara, Vigla, Neapoli, Kratigos, Charamida, Agios Ermogenis, Eresos, Tavari, Podara, Krouso, Vatera, Plomari, Tarti, Evriaki, Aspropotamos, Kalloni, Gavatha, Petra, Eftalou etc.

How to get there

By airplane: There are regularly flights from Eleftherios Venizelos airport and Thessaloniki airport to Lesvos.

By Ferry: There are regularly itineraries from Piraeus port to Mytilene. There are also regularly itineraries from Thesssaloniki and Kavala port.
Connection with other islands Mytilene is connected be plane with: Limnos, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Samos, Chios. It is also connected with Chios, Samos, Ikaria, Dodecanese, Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, Anafi, Santorini, Folegandros, Milos, Piraeus and with Aivali in Turkey.

Lesvos Useful Telephone Numbers (Calling code for Greece 0030)

Mytilene Municipality
22510 41504
Agiasos Tourist Office
22520 41911
Mytilene Hospital
22510 43777
Agiasos First Aid Station
22520 32200
Mytilene Police Station
22510 41911
Agiasos Police Station
22520 22777
Mytilene Tourist Office
22510 22776
Plomari Municipality
22520 32225
Mytilene Greek National Tourism Organization
22510 42511
Plomari Health Center
22520 32113
Mytilene Port Authority
22510 47888
Plomari Police Station
22520 32333
Mytilene Olympic Airways
22510 28659
Plomari Port Station
22520 32296
Mytilene Airport
22510 61490, 61590
Polichnitos Municipality
22520 41223
Mytilene Post Office
22510 28836
Polichnitos Tourist Office
22520 42800
Mytilene Hellenic Telecommunication Organization
22510 29999
Polichnitos Health Center
22520 41666
Mytilene Buses within city limits
22510 46436
Polichnitos Police Station
22520 41222
Mytilene Buses outside city limits
22510 28873
Polichnitos Port Station
22520 41059
Loutropoli Thermi Municipality
22510 71277
Mithimna Municipality
22530 71313
Loutropoli Thermi First Aid Station
22510 71255
Mithimna Tourist Office
22530 71347
Loutropoli Thermi Police Station
22510 71222
Mithimna First Aid Station
22530 71333
Agiasos Municipality
22520 22219
Mithimna Police Station
22530 71222