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The island of Lesvos is the third largest island of Greece and offers you numerous, beautiful regions to stay for your holiday.

Here you find a brief description of the different regions and/or villages, where we offer accommodation. The description should help you to decide where you want to stay. If you are still uncertain or need further information, please feel free to contact us.

You have the choice:



Molivos is a picturesque town in the north of the island of Lesvos. Narrow, cobbled streets – some shaded by wisteria with its enchanting smell - lead up to an imposing castle on top of the hill. The castle you see dates back to the Byzantine period (although an ancient castle on the same site was besieged by Achilles) and its impressive presence seem to dominate the town below.

Molivos has a good tourist infrastructure; many small local shops invite you in as you stroll through the shady streets. Bars, tavernas and Cafes offer their specialties. At some of them you can sit outside on a balcony, high above sea level and overlooking the harbour and the beautiful bay. 

In the fishing harbour you can see colourful working fishing boats bobbing in the clear water.

The beach village of Eftalou, with its hot springs and beautiful beaches, is about 4 km east of Molivos.

 

Petra is about 6.5 kilometres west of Molivos on the north coast of Lesvos, in a flat area between the fertile fields and olive groves and a wide bay with a fine sandy beach. The town's landmark is the striking church rock, which also gave the village its name (Greek petra = Stone). Climbing up the old steps to the church is highly recommended: not only the church itself and its surroundings are worth seeing, but you also have fantastic views over the village, the sea and the coastline.

In the narrow streets below the church, life vibrates in the summer season. The Plateia, which opens to the sea, invites visitors to enjoy the sunset, while drinking ouzo, wine or coffee or even slurping a sundowner. Three small offshore islands offer a perfect setting for your sunset photograph or just for your memories.

The mountainous region inland of Petra is a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers. Countless trails and paths open up the region, waiting for you to discover them.

 

Tsichrada is located on the North coast, west to Anaxos. Tsichrada is an idyllic beach close to lush fields and olive groves. A tiny harbour with some fishing boats and a few tavernas – one of them offering excellent food – are situated next to the pebble beach. Tsichrada is a quiet place for some relaxing days close to the sea.


The mountain village of Lafionas is located on the slope of the mountain Roudi, about 4km away from the coastal village of Petra. Lafionas is surrounded by old olive groves and extended pine forests. In the very traditional village you will find a few kafeneions and little shops. In the morning fresh fish and vegetables are delivered by mobile traders. Mostly elderly Greek people sit at the plateia or on one of the terraces with a stunning view over the bay of Petra, enjoying a coffee or ouzo. Strangers are welcome, but the locals may look curiously at you. Sometimes this is the beginning of a friendly chat.

Lafionas is a good starting point for hikes in the area. The mountain Roudi can be climbed or you may take the lovely hike out of the village and visit the old charge of Saint Alexandros (with his sarcophagus in front of the charge door). In the neighbourhood you can find the ruins of the settlement of Klapados, the setting of one of the last victorious battles between the Greek forces and the Turkish army in December 1912. From here starts an ecological hike through the pine forest with stunning views to Anaxos, Petra, Molivos and Eftalou.

 

Ypsilometopo is a tiny village with perhaps 100 inhabitants, located 2km east of Stipsi and 400m above sea level. A spring under high, shady plane trees provides crystal clear water. There is a local kafeneion in the village.

Ypsilometopo is the ideal place for people looking for peace and quiet and who want to spend their holiday close to nature and among Greeks. Many lovely hikes start here in the surrounding area and in the Lepetymnos Mountains. The sea – the bay of Petra – can be reached in approximately 20 min. by car.  



Mytilini is an amazing little city, originally founded in 11th century BC. Mytilini is the capital of the island of Lesvos and the North Aegean region. Many Greeks refer to the whole island as Mytilini.

The city is full of life and surprises and presents a cosmopolitan image with numerous cultural highlights. Due to being under Ottoman rule until after he first Balkan War (1912) and its proximity to the coast of Asia Minor where Greeks flourished until the forced exchange of populations in 1922, you can find much evidence of Turkish and oriental influence.

Mytilini has a large ruined castle dominating the hill beside the port, a Statue of Liberty at the entrance to the port, an ancient theatre, archaeological museum, Theophilus museum, as well as houses, churches, schools and other buildings from several historical periods. 

Mytilini today also offers a great variety of restaurants, cafes, nightlife, lots of interesting shops and friendly people.

Perama  - Gulf of Gera

The Gulf of Gera is the smaller of the two gulfs which cut into the island of Lesvos and closer to the capital Mytilene. The mountainous landscape on the western side of the Gulf is dominated by olive groves, fertile fields and fruit orchards, as well as small, authentic villages. Above all sits the highest mountain of the island,  Mount Olympos. The region is barely touched by tourism, however, you can find a few, very pleasant little resorts with hotels beside the gulf.

Perama – although still a very small local village - is the center of the area. In Perama and the surrounding villages you can find old-fashioned, traditional kafeneia and tavernas. In many places you will find only local people and hear only Greek voices.

A holiday in the Gulf of Gera area is certainly more for individual travellers who are looking for something different to just a beach holiday (although excellent and picturesque beaches like Tarti Beach are not far away). The area is ideal as a base for excursions, tours and hikes through the beautiful countryside. If you decide to stay here we would recommend a rental car to best enjoy the area.

Tarti Beach is for many (including local Greeks) the most beautiful beach on Lesvos. The lovely sandy bay has crystal clear water and is located at the foot of a verdant hill on the south coast, close the Gulf of Gera. On the beach there are sunbeds and umbrellas for taverna users and a few tamarisk trees provide some shade.

At Tarti Beach there is some accommodation available and tavernas serving fresh fish and tasty, homemade food. Colourful fishing boats - sometimes an elegant yacht or two - swaying on the turquoise water complete the almost perfect idyll. Tarti is still unknown to many people and is rarely crowded, even in the summer period.

Tsonia is a small beach settlement at the east coast of Lesvos. You will be impressed by the unique red sandy beach and the crystal clear water. At the beach you find some nice fishtavernas  offering tasty seafood and traditional dishes. Often you can see the dolphin playing there.

Avlonas -the settlement of Avlonas is located at the mouth of Gera’s Bay and consists of a beautiful coastline with sandy beaches, olive grooves and two excellent tavernas.



Vatera is the settlement below the village of Vrisa, located on the Aegean coast in the south of the island, east of the Gulf of Kalloni. It has the longest beach on Lesvos, almost 10km, composed of sand and fine gravel. The coastal area developed during recent years from a tiny fishing village (with the small harbour of Agios Fokas) to a holiday area with small hotels, villas and apartments for accommodation, plus bars and cafes, restaurants and tavernas. The beach is well used by locals and can be quite lively during the mid summer period, July and August, when tourist numbers are boosted by Athenians and other Greeks. At any time of the year you can still find parts of the beach with not a soul in sight.

Some of the tavernas in Vatera are noted for their traditional food and stunning location on the water´s edge, often providing free sunbeds on the beach for their customers´ comfort.

Vatera is a goog location for exploring the island, especially the south and the centre of Lesvos. Beautiful places like Plomari, an idyllic fishing village and home to many ouzo distilleries on the south coast, or Agiassos (visited by Orthodox pilgrims for the miracle working icon at the Virgin Mary church), probably the most appealing mountain village on Lesvos, are not far away and the traditional villages of Polichnitos, Lisvori & Vassilika are even closer.

The countryside is ideal for lovely walks. It is only a few kilometres to the traditional village of Vrisa where you could stop for a coffee, beer or ouzo meze, or wander around the narrow streets getting local supplies from the little shops, or you can walk along the coast to the small harbour of Agios Fokas. After visiting the small church on the headland and the remains of an ancient temple of Dionysos, we recommend the fish taverna in Agios Fokas harbour. The owner, Dimitris, is a local fisherman, catching fresh fish for the taverna every morning, which you may like to try with a village salad, or sample other traditional cooked food during the day or evening.

DiSa-Travel recommends Vatera for people, who like to actively discover the countryside and its highlights and little secrets, but who also enjoy relaxing on a beautiful beach with clear water, or sampling local cuisine or a drink gazing out to the Aegean Sea.

 

Vrisa is a beautiful,  old traditional Greek village with narrow cobbled streets and interesting old houses. At the center of Vrisa and of village life is the platia, where a huge plane tree provides some shade. You can sit here comfortably outside or in one of the small kafeneia or ouzeries, maybe for a coffee in the afternoon or for a typical ouzo or wine meze – several small plates of savoury food (whatever the owner offers) for a light meal to accompany your evening drinking. There are no menus. Here the locals relax mostly amongst themselves, as not many tourists find their way to Vrisa.

If you come to Vrisa don’t miss the Natural History Museum, an interesting collection of fossils, rocks, stuffed birds and animals, with displays explaining the local prehistory and a model of a giant prehistoric tortoise.

Many houses in Vrisa are beautifully restored; some of them can be rented (for short term lets or holidays), however, you won’t find many on websites as letting is more likely to be an informal arrangement through friends. 

Vrisa is located in the south of the island, in a hilly landscape with olive groves and fields around. It is only 2km down to the long, sandy beach of Vatera – we can show you a lovely hike down there. Around Vrisa nature is unspoiled, with large pine forests and numerous pretty little churches and, wherever you are, fantastic views over the landscape or to the sea with the island of Chios and Turkey visible on clear days. You can find the ruins of an old defence tower “Pirgos” from which the residents in times past were warned of approaching pirates. The well-preserved old kalderimi - donkey paths – are great for fabulous hikes in the area.

We recommend Vrisa to nature-lovers who would like to experience their holiday in an authentic old Greek village.

Plomari and its surroundings

The harbour town of Plomari in the south of Lesvos gives an unadulterated impression of a part of Greece not much influenced by tourism. The pretty red roofs of the charming houses climb up the hill behind the harbour, in the small shops of the lower streets you can find some specialties of the island (especially the local ouzo) and at the harbour, or the old plateia in the shade of an enormous plane tree, you can sit, relax and let the world go by.

Everywhere around you can see scenes of the quiet Mediterranean life and watch the locals taking care of their daily business or relaxing at the kafeneia.

For the hungry traveller Plomari has a large variety of fresh seafood and traditional dishes in the tavernas and ouzeries. The most famous local product, however, is the ouzo distilled in Plomari’s famous distilleries, notably Barbayannis and Plomari Isidoros Arvanitis , which are considered by many to be  the best in Greece. Barbayannis, on the road to Ag. Isidoros, has an Ouzo Museum (with free entry) where you can learn about the 150 years Barbayannis family history of ouzo distillation in Plomari.

All over the place you can smell – depending on the wind - the distinctive and pleasant fragrance in the air from the ouzo distilleries.

Agios Isidoros

This beach village is located east of Plomari with a few small hotels and dwellings dotted along the road from Plomari almost joining the settlements together. It offers a wide pale sand beach with stunning, clear water and several good tavernas in the area. If you want to stay in Agios Isidoros you can combine a relaxing time at the beach and spend the evenings in the cozy little resort, or it is not too far if you are fit for a leisurely walk into Plomari. 

Melinda is a tiny hamlet with perhaps two dozen inhabitants, six kilometers west of Plomari. Here one can live a very idyllic life, swimming in crystal clear waters or relaxing on the multi-coloured pebble beach and enjoy tasty food in one of the tavernas overlooking the sea. Melinda is certainly good for a few romantic days or for travellers who appreciate peace and seclusion.

Milies is a tiny village with only a few inhabitants, located in the mountains north of Plomari. Just outside the village you will find one of the most romantic accommodations on Lesvos: Toumba Eco farm. To get there you will need a car with good ground clearance, because there is no easy way to Toumba!

The drive leads through an amazing landscape, with olive, chestnut, plane, and pine trees, vineyards and crystal rocks. While the summers on Lesvos can be very hot, at Toumba you will always be comforted by a cool breeze.

  



Sigri is perhaps the most remote tourist destination on Lesvos. The tiny village is a chaotic mix of summer houses, rent rooms and small hotels clustered around a fishing harbour. A Turkish castle is located close to the centre of the village and the town beach invites most people for a swim, before they sit down to enjoy some fresh fish in one of the tavernas.

Sigri is surrounded by a fabulous mountain region – ideal for hiking or biking – and the area offers some amazing beaches.

If you like splendid isolation and if you enjoy some romantic days at the end of the world, Sigri might be an excellent place to stay.

Skala Eressou is a small coastal settlement in the more rocky west of the island of Lesvos, sitting at one end of a beautiful, more than two kilometre long, sandy beach - one of the finest on the island. The plateia by the waterfront and car-free beach front with restaurants and a few bohemian bars jutting out over the sand offer a relaxing setting both day and evening to laze, watching the world go by, looking out across the sea to the islands of Chios and Psara, or watching amazing sunsets to the west – preferably with an ice cold white wine, beer or ouzo – or you may enjoy a ‘volta’ (leisurely walk) along the beach front and on past some intriguing modern statues below Vigla Hill to the quiet harbour. 

The sandy beach is ideal for some relaxing hours at the sea and swimming in the clear water. After the last waterfront taverna is an area of sunbeds and parasols for hire plus various possibilities for water sports, also a sailing school. One of the little islands is in swimming distance for good swimmers, or you could hire a pedalo or kayak to explore around it. As the beach stretches further there is a beach kantina, a lake with turtles (in the winter this becomes a small river going out to sea) and then an area known for nude sunbathing where there is space to spread out. In September the international well known ‘Eressos Women's Festival’ with music and dance takes place.

In the middle of summer Skala Eressou is a lively yet laid back little resort with flair, visited by Greeks and an international clientele, many of whom return year after year.

There are a number of minimarkets and tourist shops in Skala Eressou, but up a straight road, just four kilometres inland is the village of Eressos with a few more shops for supplies. The village plateia is well worth a visit for its choice of 3 restaurant tavernas where you can relax under the shady plane trees with a refreshing drink or enjoy an excellent meal. You may also enjoy wandering around the narrow streets looking at the traditional houses.



Agiassos – perhaps the most charming mountain village on Lesvos – is located on the pine and olive covered slopes of Mount Olympus. The village is surrounded by lovely gardens with fruit trees and extended chestnut forests. Agiassos is a traditional village of narrow stone streets and picturesque lanes with shops selling local handmade ceramics, icons and also locally collected herbs and tea, excellent olive oil, cheese and honey and many other culinary delights, as well as traditional kafeneia/coffee shops.

In the heart of the village you find the famous church of the Virgin Mary (visited by many Orthodox pilgrims for its miracle working icon).

The area of Agiassos and Mount Olympus is a paradise for active visitors. There are numerous ancient pilgrims’ paths and donkey trails through old olive groves, with stunning views over the surrounding scenery.

 

Nifida is a small scattered settlement on the Gulf of Kalloni. The narrow beach of dark sand and gravel is more than one kilometre long with mostly shallow water  – ideal for children and reluctant swimmers. Tamarisk trees grow in many places, offering some shade. There are several tavernas with traditional Greek food right on the quiet waters of the Gulf. Sitting here you can relax over a lazy lunch or just enjoy a drink before or after spending time on the beach, after a trip around the island or a hike through the beautiful landscape. It is a perfect place to watch the sun go down, slowly disappearing behind the mountains. Nifida is also a place for food lovers: from O Yialos near the little harbour to Iotis at the far end, and between the fish taverna O Grigoris is well known for delicious fresh fish.

 

Skala Polichnitou – comprises just a few houses and tavernas around a beautiful little fishing harbour with a scattering of small dwellings in the streets behind the seafront, some only occupied in the summer months. It is the port of the town of Polichnitos, formerly one of the major ports of the island and trading center for limestone, salt, fish and olive products. Today you find very colorful working fishing boats, landing their catch of the day or the occasional larger fishing boat offloading its catch from the Aegean Sea to be whisked away in refrigerated transport bound for Athens and beyond.

In Skala Polichnitou you can enjoy a good meal or a refreshing drink or sundowner in one of the small fish tavernas, sitting amongst the locals drinking their ouzo or coffee, or playing their beloved game “Tavli”, which is similar to Backgammon.

The Gulf of Kalloni is famous for its sardines, which swim in large schools in the warm and shallow water. You can enjoy them just fried or grilled, marinated with herbs in vinegar or lemon juice, or (a speciality of Lesvos) salted – known as Sardeles Pastes.

You will be offered a wide range of fresh locally caught fish and shellfish according to the season, and of course octopus, kalamari (squid) but also soupies (cuttlefish). 

The salt pans to the north of Skala Polichnitos are especially interesting for birdwatchers. The salt pans are still used to harvest and export salt, but they are also home to, or on the migratory route for, many water and wading birds, including flamingoes and black storks, and some quite rare species.

The beach away from the harbour is of dark sand and gravel, not wide but very long. It is perhaps not the perfect sandy beach, but the water of the gulf is much warmer than the open sea so you may enjoy a quiet day at the beach here. For us Skala Polichnitou is a perfect place for relaxing  in an authentic Greek fishing village and furthermore a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.

 

The old village of Polichnitos was historically the place of refuge for the surrounding beach villages whenever pirates or enemies appeared.  Previously the town had around 10,000 inhabitants and was at that time the center of a rich olive growing region and the largest market place in the area.

Today with only about 2000 inhabitants, it is still a beautiful village, surrounded by olive groves, orchards and fields. Some houses are empty, but many have been neatly restored. A stroll through the town is strongly recommended; the old cobblestone streets and many beautiful old stone houses with a distinctive style and interesting architectural details are worth seeing.

Polichnitos is ideal for any traveller during or outside the traditional holiday season as an authentic place to stay. Throughout the year the village is full of life and you will find people on the street, taking care of their daily business or enjoying a cup of coffee or ouzo at kafeneia and ouzeries. The shops, tavernas and coffee shops are open all year, providing food and drinks to locals and visitors.

A stay in Polichnitos combines the charm of an authentic little Greek town with its street life and the quietness and secret places of the small cobblestoned backstreets.

One of the landmarks of the town is the storks in the town center on an abandoned chimney of an old olive press.  The storks nest there every year and the youngsters seem to return to the area as well.

The Hot Springs of Polichnitos are well known and highly appreciated by locals and visitors. The facility consists of two bath houses built during the Turkish occupation, modernized more recently, the original ancient buildings, the wells and springs outside and a beautiful old three-arched bridge worth seeing. You also find a little cafe providing drinks and snacks. The healing and relaxing effect of thermal water is remarkable. The clear and odorless water comes out of the ground at a temperature of 67 to 92 degrees. It is rich in minerals and said to be effective against a number of diseases and ailments. The quality of the thermal water is comparable to the famous mineral springs of Wiesbaden in Germany or Bath Spa in England.

Skamnioudi is a tiny harbour along the South coast of the Gulf of Kalloni. The area is famous for the delicious crops which the farmers cultivate in this area: chickpeas, anise (the main flavouring for ouzo), fennel, cumin, spring onions, and, of course, olives. The philosopher Aristotle spent a part of his life around the Gulf researching land and sea animals including the reproduction of cuttlefish. That is why the Gulf is also called ‘Aristotle’s Lagoon’.