Looking for Lesvos on a map? Trace your finger to southern Europe. Found Greece? Head to the northern Aegean Sea -- and there it is, in the eastern reaches of the Mediterranean.
With an area of 1,630 km² it’s the third largest Greek island. But it’s the 320 km of coastline, carved by crystal clear waters; along with our secluded coves, quaint villages, and acres of forest, that keeps visitors coming back year after year. Not to mention the fact Lesvos is also the sunniest of the Aegean islands! And 28% of its terrain is covered with olive trees!
Lesvos is steeped in history: 3,000 years’ worth in fact. It’s no surprise that we have a wealth of monuments, churches, monasteries, and archaeological finds that tell of the island’s importance through the centuries. It’s also the birthplace of several prominent ancient Greeks poets -- including Alcaeos, Sapphos, Arion, and Odysseus Elytis; as well as the popular painter Theofilos.
However, travelers in search of more modern distractions will also find everything they need to enjoy the island: award-winning beaches, birdwatching areas, thermal baths, sightseeing excursions, and lively nightlife -- not forgetting the Petrified Forest! It really does have something for everyone.
Day-to-day life here is a careful balance of the traditional and the modern. We’re proud of our history and have a deep connection to the land. And of course, food is a very important part of life here on Lesvos, which is why it’s a great place to experience some of the healthiest, best-tasting, fresh food in southern Europe. The island is self-sufficient, but as you’ll discover we’ve embraced other delicious produce as well.
We’re lucky enough to have great produce everywhere we turn; all packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. From antioxidants found in pomegranates, berries, and tea; to fibers like beans and figs; as well as omega 3, 6, 9 that you find in fish, vitamins from fruit, olives, and vegetables; and minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium from sea salt, milk, almonds, pulses, spinach, and oysters. It’s all here.