Lesvos is a Heaven

Lesvos is a Heaven

Unspoilt is an over used word in tourism which rarely means unspoilt.  Applied to Lesvos it really does mean unspoilt. Vast areas of countryside to explore on quiet roads, peaceful beaches, wonderful wild flowersand a display of migrating birds in the spring unrivalled anywhere else in the west…

Lesvos is a Greek island located in the northeastern Aegean Sea. It has an area of 1632 km² (630 square miles) with 320 kilometres (almost 200 miles) of coastline, making it the third largest Greek island and the largest of the numerous Greek islands scattered in the Aegean. It is separated from Turkey by the narrow Mytilini Strait.

It is also a separate peripheral unit of the North Aegean, and the only municipality of the peripheral unit. Its population is approximately 90,000, a third of which lives in its capital, Mytilene, in the southeastern part of the island. The remaining population is distributed in small towns and villages. The largest are Kalloni, the Gera Villages, Plomari, Agiassos, Eresos, and Molyvos (the ancient Mythymna).Lesbos is verdant, aptly named Emerald Island, with a greater variety of flora than expected for the island’s size. Eleven million olive trees cover 40% of the island together with other fruit trees. Forests of mediterranean pines, chestnut trees and some oaks occupy 20%, and the remainder is scrub, grassland or urban. In the western part of the island is the world’s second largest petrified forest of Sequoia.

Its economy is essentially agricultural. Olive oil is the main source of income. Tourism in Mytilene, encouraged by its international airport and the coastal towns of Petra, Plomari, Molyvos and Eresos, contribute substantially to the economy of the island. Fishing and the manufacture of soap and ouzo, the Greek national liqueur, are the remaining sources of income. Sea food lovers find in Lesvos great tastes of many different kinds of fish, prepared through traditional ways. Sea food in Lesvos comes from really fresh fish, which come out of the sea every morning  by local fishermen. Most of their fish catch is been sold just when the boats wharf, mostly around the boats in an atypical flea market every single morning.  A part of their fish catch is been bought straight away by local taverns, where will be prepared in various ways, which make Lesvos sea food so famous for its taste.

* Agia Paraskevi (Αγία Παρασκευή)
* Agiasos (Αγιάσος)
* Gera (Γέρα)
* Eresos-Antissa (Ερεσός-Άντισσα)
* Evergetoulas (Ευεργέτουλας)
* Kalloni (Καλλονή)
* Loutropoli Thermis (Λουτρόπολη Θερμής)
* Mantamados (Μανταμάδος)
* Mithymna (Μήθυμνα)
* Mytilene (Μυτιλήνη)
* Petra (Πέτρα)
* Plomari (Πλωμάρι)
* Polichnitos (Πολίχνιτος)

Notable people

* Terpander (7th century BC), poet and citharede
* Alcaeus of Mytilene (7th century BC), poet and politician
* Sappho (7th and 6th centuries BC), poet
* Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC), philosopher, was born in Chalkidike but lived for a time on the island.
* Theophrastus (370–285 BC), philosopher and botanist
* Theoctiste of Lesbos (9th century), hermit saint
* Christopher of Mytilene (11th century), poet
* Hayreddin Barbarossa (1470s–1546), Ottoman admiral
* Georgios Jakobides (1853–1932), painter
* Theophilos Hatzimihail (c. 1870–1934), painter
* Tériade (1889–1983), art critic, patron, and publisher
* Hermon di Giovanno (c. 1900–1968), painter
* Hüseyin Hilmi Pasha Ottoman Grand Vizier 1909-1910
* Odysseas Elytis (1922–1996), poet
* Tzeli Hadjidimitriou (b. 1962), photographer andwriter