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Car - About Lesvos island:
or Lesbos 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
A tradition that even continues today and gives the
that distinctive atmosphere which makes it so different from the
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, long ago..."
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
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 Museum.
Twelve kilometers from Mytilene, near the town of Moria, one
can visit the Roman Aqueduct that was built in the
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 ancient Ionia.