Lesvos more than a simple island

Lesbos, Greek: Lesvos, sometimes referred to as Mytilini after its capital, is a Greek island located in the northeastern Aegean Sea. It has an area of 1,632 square kilometres (630 sq mi) with 320 kilometres (199 miles) of coastline, making it the third largest Greek island. It is separated from Turkey by the narrow Mytilini Strait.

Lesvos island in GreeceMytilene was founded in the 11th century BC by the family Penthilidae, who arrived from Thessaly, and ruled the city-state until a popular revolt (590–580 BC) led by Pittacus of Mytilene ended their rule. In early Middle Ages, it was under Byzantine and Genovese rule. Lesbos was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1462, who ruled the island until the First Balkan War in 1912, when it became part of the Kingdom of Greece.

The island of Lesvos is blessed with Award-winning beaches, traditional villages, more varieties of birds and wildflowers than anywhere in Europe, pine forests, medieval castles, scenic harbors with cafes and inexpensive seafood restaurants, abundant fish, museums including two of the finest art museums in Greece, hotels of every class and category, and some of the warmest, friendliest people in all of Greece. Lesvos has been a favorite location for artists, writers and romantics.

Its natural attractions include a petrified forest, and the unique Hot Springs, health inducing spas that are dotted around Lesvos. Many have been in use for thousands of years for rheumatism, arthritis, gynaecological and dermatological ailments,as well as kidney and gallstones, neurological ailments, bronchitis and sciatica.

The lush, green island of Lesvos, or Mytilini, is like no other Greek island. It is the third largest of the islands in Greece behind Crete and Evia. Virtually unaffected by the mass tourism that has turned other islands into amusement parks, Lesvos is the perfect place to visit for people who want to experience the real Greece.

The cost of a holiday in Lesvos is a fraction of the cost of the more popular Greek islands and mainland destinations. It's a large island with lots to see. So large that you could fit almost any of the Cyclades islands in the Bay of Kaloni. The beautiful Vatera beach is as long as many of the Cyclades islands themselves.

Lesvos is easily reachable by ferry or jet from Athens, not to mention charter flights from many European cities. You can fly directly from the USA or from Europe to Lesvos with a change of planes in Athens or an overnight stay if you like. You can also get flights from the US and just about anywhere else in the world through Athens to Lesvos.

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