The Greek islands may seem to be a very popular and crowded destination, but only if you choose to go to the most touristic centers. The northeast Aegean may not be a tourist – magnet, but that doesn’t make it any less attractive. The Anatolian-style architecture, charming restaurants and delicious local seafood can give you a taste of what it is like to be a part of Lesbos’ leisurely everyday life.
Lesbos – the third largest island of Greece offers you a raw beauty of the numerous streams, typical olives groves and the Petrified Forest, including rich flora and fauna. These natural wonders can get your spine tingle and your eyes open wide. Some would say that it is all about the size of the island, however no bigger island can give you as much experience and knowledge as Lesbos does. Besides learning about the particularities of its ecosystem you get to see the real wild creatures right next to you and visit some of the industry sites used in production of ouzo, olive oil and soap. This educational aspect and the number of historical sights make Lesbos a perfect destination for families with kids.
One shouldn’t forget the aesthetic qualities of the island. It is truly a paradise for any professional or amatory photographer, for not only the views around the island are stunning, but you can also specialize in animal photos. The icing on the cake is definitely the possibility to relax in the hot springs, keeping an eye on the magnificent view.
The natural exception
One of the most surprising and most intriguing sites on Lesbos is the Petrified Forest. This kind of phenomena can be observed only in Arizona and here. Trees lie all across the Sigri-Eressos-Antissa area right where they fell 15 – 20 million years ago. It is an exceptional place where you can find huge sequoias and primitive pine trees fossilized and impossible to move.
Human activity log
Lesbos Island is mostly famous for two products: Ouzo and Olive Oil, thus the visitors of museums can see the tools the natives used throughout the centuries to produce those. It is possible to see some industrial architecture and visit places like olive presses, soap factories and distilleries. Not to forget the magnificent archaeological excavations, libraries, galleries and folklore exhibitions.
Mytilini and Molyvos – picturesque and old
This main port and the biggest town on Lesbos extends over seven hills and gives you a great mixture of traditional, Byzantine, neoclassical and ancient styles. On your arrival the waterfront line of elegant old buildings and the Franko-Byzantine castle towering upon the pinewood and the city will probably seduce you in one second. However, when you get inside Mytilini you may get even more touched by seeing an ancient theatre, impressive Ottoman baths and neoclassical buildings. To put it in a nutshell, you get the best of what remains of nations who once ruled on that island.
In Molyvos you can also admire a mediaeval fortress town adherent to the sides of a steep rock upon the sea. Wooden balconies, elegant Turkish fountains, stone houses and bright colored doors and windows of Anatolian style match surprisingly great in this place.
The Kalloni wetlands
Kalloni is among ten most important habitats for avian diversity in Europe. In fact, more than 252 species of birds can be observed in the Kalloni wetlands. If you are looking for a picturesque place where Mother Nature has taken control and the rare specimens are not afraid to show up, then this is a place for you. Be careful not to express your enthusiasm too loud though, for it may be very harsh in consequences.