DISCOVER THE CHARM OF AN ENCHANTED
Tradition, Culture, History, Arts and Spirituality are the
dominant elements of the most beautiful corner of the Aegean Sea. All this amidst a natural environment of wild
abandon, toying with colours,
smells and sounds.
And a sun that gleams, invigorates and shines brighter here
than anywhere else, bathing golden sandy beaches and amusing itself with the
crystal blue water as it reflects its rays.
is the third largest island of Greece and has a long history that goes back
more than 3.000 years. It has been the
birthplace of famous people, such as the poets Sappho and Alcaeos, Arion the
Guitarist, and Pittacus, one of the seven wise men of ancient Greece. A
tradition that even continues today and gives the island that distinctive
atmosphere which makes it so different from the rest.
Sappho's reputation as a lover of her own sex, has given the word
"Lesbian" an international currency. Her reputation is based on some
of the fragments of her poetry: "I was in love with you once, Atthis,
Rich in olives and fish, the island has an economic balance rare in the
Aegean and because of its relative prosperity the
island is very easy for travelers to reach even in the quiet months of winter.
By air, one can get to Lesvos from Athens five times a day and from Salonica
seven times a week. By Ferry-boat, one can reach Lesvos every day from
Piraeus, and from Salonica on a less frequent schedule.
Mytilene is the capital of the island and has a population of 30,000
people. This is about one third of the total population
of the island. It is built amphitheatrically around its well preserved
Byzantine Castle. Not very far from there, on the north-east side of town, one
can find the Hellenistic Theatre with its superb acoustics and capacity of
10,000 people. Further in the suburb of Varia one can visit the Theophilos
Twelve kilometers from Mytilene, near the town of
Moria, one can visit
the Roman Aqueduct that was built in the second century AD.
Going further up north by the east coast, thru a series of beautiful little
villages one will arrive in the town of Mantamados, famous for its cheeses and
the fine pottery. The next stop will be Skala Sikaminias, one of the most
charming fishing villages one would ever see.
And then, at the northest point of the island one will find the
picturesque village of Mithymna (also known as Molivos), with
its mediaeval castle and the traditional architecture. Molivos is also the
islands best known resort. By some it has been called "the closed place
to paradise, on earth". The association with Arts is appropriate enough,
for it was here in Mithymna that the head of Orpheus is said to have been
washed ashore after his dismemberment of the Thracian women. Another mythical
citizen of Mithymna was the lyric poet and musician Arion. It has been said
that he has been saved by the music-loving dolphin.
Only a short distance of 5 Km SW of Molivos the village of Petra can be
found. Petra has one of the best sandy beaches of the island.
Again further south the village of Agia Paraskevi is situated. This village
has a lot of old mansions and is known for the Bull Festival that has been
celebrated since more than two hundred years.
Near the village lay ruins of an
ancient temple of Napaios Apollo and the ruins of an Ionian temple dated from
the 3rd century BC. This temple was dedicated to Zeus, Hera and Dionysos.
In the island's center, not far from Agia Paraskevi, lays the modern
town Kalloni. It is famous for its sardines which are
caught in the nearby bay called the Gulf of Kalloni. On this gulf one will
also find the popular summer resort Skala Kalloni with its beautiful sandy
Also near the center of the island another well known town is Agiassos.
This town is famous for its pottery. Going further south again we reach the
towns of Plomari and Vatera which have the most superb beaches of the island.
At the western tip of Lesvos, Sigri is a pretty fishing village with a
nice little beach and a castle that goes back to the 18th century. Not far
from there lies the Petrified Forest, dating back fifteen million years.
Finally, not far from
Sigri, one will find the town of Eressos. Eressos
has been the birth place of Sappho and Theoprastos. Its port, Skala Eressos,
is a famous resort with a magnificent beach.
Lesvos, as it can be seen from its classical history, its abundance of
poets, musicians, philosophers and lawgivers, was
one of the great cultural centers of the Greek world. It was second perhaps
only to Athens, in its influence if not in its power. As a place for a
holiday, for a rest or for quiet work, Lesvos is HARD to BETTER. It is big
enough to permit that change of scene so necessary if one is to avoid
"island claustrophobia". It has a further advantage that it is easy
from here to organize a trip to visit Troy or to explore the coastline of
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