Lesvos , The Island of Ouzo
Lesvos Travel Guide – Lesvos, else known as Mytilene, is the third biggest island of Greece located between the islands of Chios and Lemnos. With an area of 1,532 square kilometers, Lesvos definitely deserves a bungee of days to discover it. The hinterland of the island is blessed with beautiful sceneries, mountainsides and huge olive groves. If you want to explore the entire island, you might even need three weeks! Lesvos is an ideal destination for lovers of nature, religion and culture, extreme sports, gastronomy and thermal springs. As the size of the island is big, it does not feel like being in an island. Rather, it feels like a tiny universe. If you really want to discover the Lesvos, it is recommended to rent a car.
Indeed, Lesvos is a destination for spring and summer, autumn or even winter! The natural diversity of nature, the island literally has everything. It is a volcanic island, which has suffered from numerous earthquakes. Numerous mountains are scattered throughout the island. The highest peaks include Prophet Elias Mount (968 meters) and Olympus Mount (967 meters). In fact, the western side of Lesvos is dominated from the Petrified Forest that was formed out of intense volcanic activity. The north part is dominated from verdant plains and olive vineyards. Lesvos is admirable for its rich fauna, as numerous bird species found refugee on the wetlands of Kalloni. So, which season will you choose?
How to Travel to Lesvos
Ferries From Turkey
There are daily boats in the summer and several boats a week in the off-season between Mytilini and Avalik in Turkey . The schedule seems to change by the year, month, week or whatever. That means you need to contact one of the agencies in Lesvos and ask them if you want to get from Turkey to Lesvos. In high
season, ferries run almost daily between Ayvalik an Mytilini but less frequently at other times of year ; usually Thursday is quite busy for the big market (bazaar)and Saturday’s for the smaller version. There is currently just the 1 ferry route running between Turkey and Lesbos operated by 1 ferry company – Turyol. The Ayvalik to Mytilene ferry crossing operates weekly with a scheduled sailing duration from about 1 hour 30 minutes.Price for round trip ticket is : 25 Euro (schedule and prices are subject to changes)
Ferries from Athens and islands
You can easily reach Lesvos from Athens, since ferries depart from Piraeus port around 4 to 5 times per week. Lesvos is also connected by ferry with the port of Kavala on the northern side of the Greek mainland and with some islands, including Syros, Mykonos, Ikaria, and Chios. The ferry to Lesvos from Athens takes about 10 hours.