lesbos

Take Care Of Your Neighbor is active on Lesbos. Here you will find more information about this island.

Lesbos is quite a big island; similar to our province of Utrecht. To view the entire island in two weeks is actually impossible. There is so much to see and experience! Unfortunately tourism has collapsed completely in recent years. Due to the flow of refugees in recent years, many people have ignored this island. This is totally unnecessary! The refugees live in camps and you won’t be bothered anyway! Maybe you can combine one with the other? A holiday in combination with working for an aid organization? Or make it a real working holiday? The collapse of tourism is disastrous for the local population. 85% of their income is lost and the Greeks are having a hard time after the big crisis, which already hit them so hard. Perhaps an additional reason to pay a visit to this (now wonderfully quiet) holiday island and to lend a heart to the locals.

The island of Lesbos, also called Lesvos, is probably named after the hero Lesvos of Thessaly, the son of Lapithos and grandson of Aiolos: the god of the wind. Lesbos has an eventful history. This can be seen in a settlement from the Bronze Age, an antique theater, a Roman aqueduct, medieval fortresses, Turkish mosques and the many monasteries and churches. Lesbos has around 85,000 inhabitants, of which around 40,000 live in the capital Mytilini. Mytilini is a pleasant port city with a mix of architecture. The population of Lesvos lives mainly from agriculture and, therefore, a few years ago, also from tourism. More than 11 million olive trees grow on Lesbos and around 25,000 tonnes of olive oil are produced each year. In addition, the island is known for its good quality ouzo. This is a strong drink that is brewed in several places on the island. The island has a beautiful and varied nature. As a walker, you will certainly enjoy yourself here! Bird watchers can also enjoy themselves here. There are no fewer than 250 species of birds, including Purple Herons, Storks and Flamingos. The 370 km long and whimsical coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches with pebbles, fine sand and the water is deep blue. Lesbos is ideal for a relaxing holiday and life is definitely not expensive!

In the north of the island are the most visited places such as Molivos, Eftalou, Petra and Anaxos.

Molivos has a small picturesque harbor and a labyrinth of very narrow streets and stairs. At the top of the hill is the imposing Byzantine castle. The castle itself is a ruin but has a small museum. In the summer months concerts and theater performances are given. The castle town of Molivos is also known as an ideal fishing spot. The sea around it is deep with no too rocky soil and is rich in fish species (including bluefish, sea bass, white bream, sea bream).

Eftalou is known for its hot springs. There are a number of beaches and the sea water is wonderfully warm in the summer. The old thermal bath is located right on the beach. An arched whitewashed structure with a small bath filled with hot spring water. The temperature of this water varies from 43 to 46 ° C and contains chloride, sodium and radium, to which a healing effect is attributed for all kinds of ailments such as rheumatic diseases and skin diseases.

There is also an ‘Ezelarm’. Here you are offered the opportunity to explore the entire island on the back of a donkey. Michalis, the owner, selects the right donkey for every participant. These donkeys enjoy carrying people on their backs (up to 100 kg!) Maybe it takes some getting used to, but you have to remember that these animals have years of experience and won’t bump into the same stone for the second time 😉 You can trust these donkeys blindly and Michalis tells you all about the island along the way.

The town of Skala Sykaminias has a small harbor with colorful fishing boats that usually leave in the evening and deliver the fresh fish to the many restaurants the next morning. The (ink) fish are hung here to dry between the lines strung on lampposts. In this village there is also a beautiful church that you should definitely honor with a visit!

Wonderful to visit in the village of Petra is the church of Panagia Glykofilousa. This church stands on a rock 30 meters high. You get there by climbing a staircase that has been carved into the rocks. This staircase has 114 steps; so that’s a nice climb!

In the interior of Lesvos there are more sights to see such as: the temple of Klopedi, the early Christian basilica of Chalinadou, the Kremasti bridge and the temple of Messa from the 3rd century BC. There are also various monasteries to be seen.

The monastery of Agios Rafaël is the most famous monastery of Lesvos and one of the most famous