is the only settlement in the south of any size. A charming if slightly dilapidated town, it is the second largest on the island and home to around 10,000 inhabitants many of whom work in the many Ouzo distilleries. Despite the lack of beaches it has no shortage of visitors in the summer to enjoy the luxuriant surroundings, the charm of a lively port and some of the best ouzo in Greece
, including the excellent Barbayiannis label. Many houses have timbered, overhanging galleries and there are several Turkish fountains and Ottoman-style architecture. There are a number of good tavernas around the palm fringed harbour and a small stony beach in the Amoudhelli suburbs to the west but it is meagre and unattractive. Lesvos
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 Greece. A tradition that even continues today and gives the island that distinctive atmosphere which makes it so different from the rest
, 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. As a 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.
There are many beaches on the island of Lesvos
, of all shapes and sizes. Some are busy with activity and watersports, from jet-skis to windsurfing, while others are deserted, even in the summer. This is just a small sampling. There are many more. If your computer or connection is slow this page may take a couple minutes to load. The best beach in Lesvos, if not all of Greece is Skala Eressos . If you have kids this is the place to be especially around sunset. The town beach at Molyvos is not bad as town beaches go. The sea is usually calm and it is sandy and shallow. The view of the castle is great from the water. There are free showers and changing rooms.