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:: LESVOS ISLAND

Wo man bleint: LESVOS Hotels

Just imagine... sit in a little balcony admiring the enchanting landscapes of Lesvos with an ouzo in your hand... could you possibly imagine something better? It is a fact that this blessed island can awake the artist in all of us... and if it doesn't make it with us, it is enough that it did it with Sapfo, Alkeos, Theofilos, Stratis Myrivilis, Odysseas Elytis and many more. Lesvos belongs to the islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea. Its area is 1.636 km2. It is the third in size island of Greece that abstains 188 n.m. from Piraeus, 218 n.m. from Thessaloniki and 55 n.m. from Chio. The population is about 100.000 people and Mytilini is the capital of the island, as well as an administrative center. Lesvos Island has rich culture and history from the prehistorical years until today. It owes its name to the son of Lapithos, Lesvos, who married Mithymna the daughter of King Makaras. Throughout the years it has been taken over Pelasgous, Leleges and by the Acheous. Its citizens worked in agriculture and shipping, which helped them become quite powerful in that area. At the same time, its rich musical tradition is kept up by feasts and festivals that take place all year round, and by people who keep alive the manners and customs. Also, there are many cultural, educative and folklore associations. The capital and port of the island is Mytilini. What can anyone say about this beautiful city? It is found in the southeastern side of the island, proud of its beautiful neo classic mansions and monuments, which are its precious inheritance that the years have left behind. It is the ideal city for poets, a muse to inspire them, but also for simple tourists that are lucky enough to get some inspiration from the quaint little lane ways of the city. Its coastline forms two Bays in the south - Geras and Kallonis - and a lot of bights and promontories. The main plains are the plains of Kalloni, Ippeiou, Perama and Eresou. The most important mountains are Lepetimnos, Olimpos and Psilokoudouno. There are streams flowing through the fertile plains, among them Tsiknias, Tsixliotas, Milopotamos, Sedountas and Almiropotamos. The Eastern and central part of the island is cloaked in olive groves, pines, firs, plane trees, chestnuts, beaches and plane trees. Generally the flora and fauna of the island are extremely rich. The climate of Lesvos is a mild, Mediterranean climate, with sunlight all the year round. The local economy is based on the rural production and specifically on the cultivation of olive trees, producing an exceptional quality of olive oil, as well as on the stock-farm and fishery. The sector of distillery is developed (production of ouzo), while a large part of the population is professionally involved with the tourism. Therefore the island has a large amount of accommodation establishments. Touring the villages of the island and the beautiful and well-organised beaches is made easy by the good road system that the island offers. Reaching the island can either be done by ferry, ship or airplane. Also if you do not have a car the public buses (KTEL) of island will take you wherever you desire. Leaving from the island be sure to have purchased some of the island delicacies such as sardines, ouzo and olive oil. While in Lesvos, like any other place in the world, it is a good idea to have an itinerary made up of which places you will visit while touring. Here is our recommended plan: In Mytilini: The Castle in the area of Kioski, The Mitropolis, The Church (Vasiliki style) of St Theodoros (built with materials from ancient monuments) the Byzantine Church of St. Therapontas, the Archeological Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Folk Art Museum, the Ancient Theatre, the Paleochristian Cemetery, the Statue of Liberty by Grigoris Zevgolis, the Home of Theofilos. In Sigri: The Stone Forest, a forest that was buried under tones of red-hot lave, thousands of years ago. At Vatera: The Ancient Tower with the tunnel towards the beach. At Eressos: The Ancient town of Ksokastro. At Kalloni: The male monastery of Limonos, at the port of Skala you will see sardine fishing, the waterlands of Kalloni, and at the impressive Alikes (salt hills) give you the sense that you see icebergs. At Mithymna: The Byzantine Castle, the relics of the ancient town with the roman aqueducts. At Petra: The quaint village of Petri, the old mansion of Vareltzidenas and the Anaxos village. At Plomari: The old town with the age-old sycamore tree, the old soap-making shops and the olive-presses. At Polihnito: The healing spas, the monastery of Damandrios and the church of St. George. At Sykaminia: The house of Strati Myrivili and the church of the Virgin Mary the Mermaid.

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