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The kindness and beauty of Lesvos

Lesvos ● 19 June 2017

Lesvos is not just a wonderful touristic island of Greece, and this article is not about the conventional things you can do in Lesvos, the sightseeing and the beaches. Lesvos is something more than a destination, Lesvos is the home of the remarkable heroes, the place where the kindness and beauty constitute a heaven for those, who search for the taste of an alternative and forgotten way of life. Recharge your batteries in Lesvos, this special place to relax and feel positively refreshed.

On the island of Lesvos, rules the slow rustic rhythm of Greek life. Towards the sea with the turquoise waters, the picturesque town with the stone-built houses, the alleyways and the small harbour with the octopus hanging to dry for grilling has hardly changed since the ancient times, when Sappho, the famous Greek poet from the 7th century B.C., wrote her erotic poems.

The greatest asset of Lesvos are the islanders, whose reputation is being tested these years, when thousands of refugees arrived in the shores of the island. In spite of the limited resources, the residents of Lesvos provided the refugees with food, water and shelter. Their efforts were recognised with a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016. These heroic islanders proved their hospitality with inspirational acts of compassion in response to the refugee crisis.


However, Lesvos has not only the kindness of its islanders to give to its visitors. The capital of the island, Mytilene, as well as its villages, such as Mantamados and Molyvos, are of unique beauty, while there are also many excursions you can do around the island. Man Katsa Waterfall is located 30 km north of Mytilene, but worth visiting is also the monastery of Saint Raphael, which houses a stunning baroque church. Don't miss out one of the most beautiful monuments of global geological heritage, the Petrified Forest of Lesvos, which is over 20 million years old.

You will also be impressed by the local cuisine of Lesvos, which has to offer delicious dishes, such as sougania (stuffed onions), kolokytholoulouda (courgette flowers stuffed with cheese or rice), fresh fish and salted sardines, which are famous all over the Mediterranean.

Lesvos has also astonishing beaches that will steal your heart. Eresos, Vatera, Molyvos, Anaxos, Xampelia and Tarti are only some of the organised beaches with crystal-clean waters and soft golden sand that are perfect for swimming and sunbathing with your family.