Mini guide to Lesvos
Shaped in the form of a triangle, Lesvos is the third-largest Greek island and
famous as the birthplace of the 6th century poetess Sappho, whose sexual preference
gave rise to the modern word 'lesbian'. Thus it is a place of pilgrimage for gay
females, but is also popular among all types of holidaymakers for its relaxing
atmosphere and attractive, rugged countryside.
There are three main towns on the island, located at each of the points of
the triangle. The capital is Mitilini, though Molivos and Eressos are very popular
tourist destinations too. For sun-seekers, the best beach on the island is probably
the one at Vatera. There are plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops and tavernas
in each town. The town's nightlife is also lively, especially in summer.
Mitilini is a busy port and has a couple of museums that may interest visitors,
though Molivos is a more attractive place, with medieval buildings and stone
streets giving it a feeling of great age. Consequently, this is the most popular
place on the island for tourists to stay. On a hill in the town there is a castle
which offers some great views of the bay.
The beach at Eressos is almost a mile long and is lined with restaurants and
bars, giving visitors plenty of choice. Those who stay in Eressos tend to be
a mix of families, lesbians and spiritual groups who run courses here. As access
to the town is more difficult due to the rugged terrain, the town tends to be
a bit quieter than Molivos.
Unfortunately the local bus service is rather infrequent, so the best way to
explore the island is to rent a car. If you are just interested in the coastal
regions, join a day boat trip from one of the main towns.
There are daily flights on both Olympic and Aegean Airlines, and occasional
links by air with other Greek islands.
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