Situated in front of the Turkish coast and the Anatolic peninsula, Lesvos is the third largest island in Greece and is known as the ‘Aegean princess’. Washed in a magic light and always sunny, Lesvos will amaze you with its natural beauty, its historical and cultural heritage and the many small, daily miracles of its culinary tradition – a healthy and simple diet full of pleasant surprises.
Due to its positioning between the Mediterranean and Anatolia, the landscape in Lesvos is surprisingly diverse. While the Eastern region is covered in centuries-old olive groves, oaks and chestnut trees are most frequently encountered in the South. Turkish pines grow in the centre of the island, while azaleas, poppies and asphodels blossom in the North-West.
Pink flamingos populate the swampland of the Kalloni bay, as well as many other rare species, and a petrified forest has found its resting place in Sigri over 20 million years ago. A network of footpaths and themed itineraries are dedicated to discovering the treasures of Lesvos, on foot, by bike or horseriding.
Just like its natural environment, its peculiar positioning between East and West has influenced Lesvos’ cultural heritage: on this small island you can find a Hellenistic theatre, the remains of a Roman aqueduct, Mytilene’s 6th Century castle and a newly built mosque. If you’re looking for history, you won’t be disappointed. In Mytilene you can also visit the Teriade Museum and admire engravings of worldly wised painters of the 20th century, as well as paintings by acknowledged greek artists, such as Tsarouchis, Vakirtzis, Canellis, the artwork of Theophilos, but also Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and many others.
If you’re looking for good, honest food, you’ll find plenty to your taste, too. Roman general Lucio Licinio Lucullo built his reputation as history’s first ‘foodie’ here in Lesbos. Olive oil is key in the food culture of the island, which still produces it following the ancient, simple method. You’ll be able to visit the historical stock rooms, the oil mills and a dedicated museum. Lesvos is also the origin of the world famous Ouzo with many unique brands and distilleries open to visitors. Olive oil, wine, cheese and many varieties of salted fish are the staples of a culinary tradition that owes its special character to both the East and the West.