Lesvos (Mytilene)

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A few words about Lesvos (Mytilene)

Lesvos or Mytilene as it is often referred to, because it is its capital, it is an island located in the northeastern Aegean Sea, and the third largest island of Greece.

You can enjoy the nature of the island by hiking, visit the historical sites, like the castles and the ancient theater.

Lesvos is an ideal destination for religious tourism, as it has many monasteries and churches, like Taxiarchis is Mantamados and the Saint Raphael Monastery.

In general, it's an island for calm vacation, but you can find many bars in Mytilene. Molyvos hosts many museums of Lesvos. Its narrow streets are ideal for romantic strolls under the Castle. Eressos and other tourist spots are also worth visiting.

You should visit the Petrified Forest, one of the two petrified forests in the world, as well as its museum, the Folk Art Museum, the Panagia Gorgona (Mermaid Madonna) and Karini, the green spot with high trees, a river with ducks, a little bridge and the hollow of plane tree where the folk artist Theophilos used to go.

A big island such as Lesvos, has many beaches: Sigri, Skala Eressos, Tarti, Agios Ermogenis, Vatera – one of the largest beaches of the island. Anaxos is a large and popular beach. There are also the beaches of Molyvos and Eftalou. The village of Plomari is located on the southern part of the island, and it is famous for its Ouzo, its traditional appetizers and its warm people.

Don't forget that Lesvos is the capital of Ouzo. Therefore, you will find many local varieties of Ouzo that you cannot find even in Athens. You should definitely visit the Barbayanni Ouzo Museum and the Folk Art Museum of Plomari.

In the local shops, you can buy delicious traditional pasta Hylopites, wine and traditional preserves.

 

Useful Phone Numbers

Municipality: 0030 22510 27777

Police: 0030 22510 22776

Hospital: 0030 22513 51500

Port Authority: 0030 22510 47888

Taxi: 0030 22510 25900

Bus Station: 0030 22510 28873

Fire Brigade: 0030 22510 22055

Airport: 0030 22510 61212

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