Lesvos island: “the Aegean princess”
Lesvos is a Greek island located in the northeastern Aegean Sea. It has an area of 1,630 km² with 320 klm (almost 200 miles) of coastline, making it the third largest Greek island and the largest of the numerous Greek islands scattered in the Aegean. It is considered as the sunniest island in the Aegean!
Mytilene, the capital, is built in amphitheatre shape round a small hill crowned by remains of an ancient fortress. The remaining population is distributed in small towns and villages. The largest are Kalloni, the Gera Village, Plomari, Agiassos, Eressos and Molyvos (the ancient Mythymna).
The unique unspoiled beauty of Lesvos is an astonishing contrast to lush splendor of the rest of the cosmopolitan islands with its mysterious forests, dramatic coastline, tranquil sunsets and rugged mountains.
Lesvos inhabitants are self sufficient in products from their fertile land and rich sea, willing to exalt their way of life to art, created unique gastronomic combinations. Sophisticated recipes with pure traditional ingredients offer special tastes of exceptional flavor. Earthy tastes with locally produced meat and vegetables.
Herb or cheese pies, festive kiskek (boiled sheep meat with wheat), beef with quince, roast octopus, scallops with pilaf or spinach, stuffed squids, salted and roast sardines and so many other dishes, cooked with pure olive oil accompanied with scented ouzo or wine. Furthermore, delicious preserves, baklavas, pancakes, marzipans, quince pastes, complement and enrich your table.
LESVOS - ONE CHOICE, MANY EXPERIENCES
The island is big enough to satisfy every visitor’s needs, from exciting and lively nightlife and crowded beaches to calm vacations and sightseeing excursions: bird watching, thermal sources, trekking routes among olive trees, awarded beaches, famous churches and monasteries and the preserved petrified forest are some of the attractions.
Its history goes back for 3.000 years. It has been the birthplace of prominent figures of the Greek intelligentsia such as the poets Alcaeos and Sappho from Eressos, the guitarist and poet Arion from Mythimna, the great musician and creator of the choral poetry Terpandros born in Antissa, Pittacus one of the seven wise men of ancient Greece as well as the poet Odysseus Elytis and the popular painter Theofilos.
The innumerable historic monuments along with the priceless archaeological finds witness the prominence and significance of the island throughout the centuries. Lesvos is still an outstanding natural paradise endowed with endless beaches, crystal clear water, secluded bays, unique fauna and flora, vivid colors and romantic shades, a delectable cuisine, a long tradition in architecture, an irresistible charm and hospitality, captivating splendors and last but not least numerous quaint villages.