Rich in tradition, history and culture, Lesvos is the third largest of the Greek islands. The landscape is one of extremes, from areas of pine-covered hillside to swathes of volcanic stone. Testament to the island’s volcanic past are the large number of hot therapeutic springs and a petrified forest, with fossilised trees dating back some 15 million years. Close to the hotel is the enchanting village of Skala Eressos. Home to the ruins of an ancient castle and acropolis as well as being the birthplace of the famous female poet Sappho. The village has an enchanting feel with quiet, shaded backstreets and an atmospheric traffic-free seafront, offering traditional and modern dining overlooking the sea. Mytilini, the capital of Lesvos, is a bustling harbour town. Its streets are lined with beautiful mansion houses built in the Venetian style, giving the town a distinct air of grandeur. There is also a Museum of Modern Art with works by Picasso and Matisse, as well as a Byzantine castle which hosts various cultural events during summer months.
The position of Lesvos in the Aegean has secured its historical importance. With architecture still apparent from the Byzantian, Roman, Venetian and Ottoman eras, there is much to see on the island. The capital of Mytilini is a good place to start with its striking castle overlooking the town dating back to the Byzantian period. An ancient theatre in the north of the town has been likened to that of the grand Epidavros.
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Being a volcanic island, Lesvos features many hot springs and pools some of which are positioned well above sea level. With claims to their medicinal properties, the springs have been used for thousands of years to help cure aches and pains. Well worth a visit after a busy week of activities.
May to November can reach temperatures of over 30 degrees
- Best time of year to travel: May to November
- Currency: Euro
- Flight time from UK: 4-5 Hours
- Visa and passport information: A visa is not required