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Lesvos: its authentic side

Lesvos ● 12 September 2017
 

If you want to explore the authentic side of Lesvos, its hidden gems and the places that reflect its special character, read these tips from locals and be prepared for a journey that will be unforgettable.

The best image that captures the essence of Lesvos is Alkeou Street in the capital town of the island, Mytilene. The natural light of Lesvos in the morning is captivating and has enchanted the famous Greek artist Yannis Tsarouchis in his homonymous painting. Charming is also the sunset in Eresos that reminds of Sappho's verse.

The newcomer to Lesvos should definitely have a walk under the Statue of Liberty at the central square of Mytilene and then stop at the olive grove that is home to the Theofilos Museum and the Museum of Stratis Eleftheriadis with original artwork by Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Tsarouchis.


Both the old and the new building of the Archaeological Museum are worth visiting. There, you can admire the ode to Lesvos, which is written by the poet Athenaeus in simple Greek and basically says that no one can find wine as aromatic as in Lesvos as it is like ambrosia.

In the Epano Skala neighbourhood of Mytilene, you can find many taverns with fresh fish and excellent view. In a short distance, other areas, where you can also enjoy the delicious cuisine of Lesvos together with a glass of ouzo or wine, are Panagiouda, Skala Loutron and Kountouridia.

Very interesting is the well-preserved village of Agiasos, where you can see the icon of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, made in the 1st century AD by Luke the Evangelist using mastic gum and candle wax. In the village, don't forget to taste tuna pies and pickled octopus in the traditional taverns at the square.

The best place to swim is Skala Eresou, and then you can relax in the taverns behind the beach, drinking the local alcohol beverage of Lesvos, ouzo, and eat sea urchins.

Generally, a road trip to the villages of Lesvos can be a stunning experience. People are hospitable, villages are traditional and well-preserved, and even in the smallest tavern of the tiniest village, you will find small gastronomic treasures.

If you are a fan of health tourism, you can also visit the hot springs of Lesvos, the rare natural phenomenon that gives you the opportunity of free-spa!



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