Lesvos belongs to the islands of the North-eastern Aegean Sea, is the third largest Greek island after Crete and Evia and extends in 1630 sq. km. Its population is about 100,000 inhabitants and Mytilene is the capital of the island.
It is an island which presents a thriving ground of olive groves, rich in flora and fauna, small valleys and springs, mountain ranges and beautiful beaches. All these compose a unique scene of natural beauty.
The modern local economy is supported in the rural production and concretely in the cultivation of olive trees with the production of exceptional quality of olive oil as well as in the livestock farming and the fishery. Also the section of distillery is developed, having as main product the worldwide famous drink of ouzo. It's worth-noticing the fact that many inhabitants are professionally engaged in tourism.
Mytilene, the capital of Lesvos is built on 7 hills and it has about 25.000 residences approximately. It is one of the most ancient cities of Greece and it got its name by one of Makaros daughters, the first settles of the island.
You should visit: the Archaeological museums, the unique mosaics of Menadros house, the Byzantine Caslte, the Roman Aqueduct, therapeutic Spa in Therma, the Churches of Taxiarches and Agios Therapon , the museum of Popular Art such as the mountainous village Agiasos. It offers a green landscape with many picturesque and narrow streets and the Garden of Panagia with the age-long plane tree and the magical view.
Mithimna is one of the most ancient towns on the island and it is built on the top of which the medieval castle dominates. In the past it was a place of inspiration for many writers, poets and artists such as the poet Arion, who perfected the dithyramb and the writers Ilias Venezis and Argiris Eftaliotis.
You should visit: the Venetian Castle, the museum and the art Gallery.
Polichnitos is located to the south east part of the island among the pine-trees forests, springs and wonderful beaches.
You should visit: the monastery of Damari, the church of Agios Pavlos and the prehistoric settlement in Chalkies.
Plomari is located in the south part of the island and is amphitheatrically built with a view over the blue sea of Aegean.
You should visit: the Folklore Museum and the museum of Ouzo. It is worth to taste the famous, for its special taste, ouzo of Plomari.
In Lesvos island you should also visit the Monastery of Limonos, the fossilize forest and the castles of Sigriou and Molyvou.
HOW TO GET THERE
By air airplane: There are regularly flights from Eleftherios Venizelos airport and Thessaloniki airport to Lesvos. By Ferry: There are regularly itineraries from Piraeus port to Mytilene. There are also regularly itineraries from Thesssaloniki and Kavala port. Connection with other islands Mytilene is connected be plane with: Limnos, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Samos, Chios. It is also connected with Chios, Samos, Ikaria, Dodecanese, Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, Anafi, Santorini, Folegandros, Milos, Piraeus and with Aivali in Turkey.
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(Calling code for Greece 0030)
Mytilene Municipality 22510 41504 Mytilene Hospital 22510 43777 Mytilene Police Station 22510 41911 Mytilene Tourist Office 22510 22776 Mytilene Greek National Tourism Organization 22510 42511 Mytilene Port Authority 22510 47888 Mytilene Olympic Airways 22510 28659 Mytilene Airport 22510 61490, 61590 Mytilene Post Office 22510 28836 Mytilene Hellenic Telecommunication Organization 22510 29999 Mytilene Buses within city limits 22510 46436 Mytilene Buses outside city limits 22510 28873 Loutropoli Thermi Municipality 22510 71277 Loutropoli Thermi First Aid Station 22510 71255 Loutropoli Thermi Police Station 22510 71222 Agiasos Municipality 22520 22219 Agiasos Tourist Office 22520 41911
Agiasos First Aid Station 22520 32200 Agiasos Police Station 22520 22777 Plomari Municipality 22520 32225 Plomari Health Center 22520 32113 Plomari Police Station 22520 32333 Plomari Port Station 22520 32296 Polichnitos Municipality 22520 41223 Polichnitos Tourist Office 22520 42800 Polichnitos Health Center 22520 41666 Polichnitos Police Station 22520 41222 Polichnitos Port Station 22520 41059 Mithimna Municipality 22530 71313 Mithimna Tourist Office 22530 71347 Mithimna First Aid Station 22530 71333 Mithimna Police Station 22530 71222
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