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Lesvos is the third biggest island in Greece and is connected with more than 10 Greek ports by boat.
The boats run to and from Piraeus, Kavala and with intermediate islands, such as Chios, Samos, Ikaria and Limnos. The port of Lesvos is located at the capital of the island, Mytilini. Also, from the port of Mytilini, there are ferry services, for cities on the coast of Asia Minor, such as Aivali, Pergamon and Dikili.
The port of Mytilini has sufficient infrastructure and the ability to manage cruise boats up to 200m in length. It is well protected from the weather conditions, providing safe dock for the boats, as well as the yachts. Part of the commercial port is a Schengen gateway (entrance-exit) for the EEU and at the same time is kept and is in line with the international security code ISPS. The islands’ airport is located 8km away from the port of Mytilini.
Island of Lesvos is located in the northeastern Aegean, between the East and the West, on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.
Lesvos has been inhabited since prehistoric times. According to the mythical tradition, the first inhabitants of the island were the Pelasgians. It took its name from Lesvos, which arrived on the island from Thessaly with Pelasgian settlers.
In Lesvos, the visitors of the cruise will be pleased to enjoy the rare natural beauty, the architectural masterpieces, the fossil forest, the medieval cities with their castles, the vast olive trees and the mild climate of the Mediterranean.
They will be impressed by the historical industrial buildings, the traditional settlements, the very long beaches, along with the best ouzo in Greece that is accompanied with special Delicatessen (mezes). These are only a few of the assets of the “plane tree that someone dumped in the middle of the open sea”, as the poet Odysseus Elytis characterized Lesvos.
In September of 2012, the whole island of Lesvos joined the UNESCO World Geopark Network.
Mytilini, the capital and port of Lesvos, is built into seven hills at the ruins of the homonymous ancient city, with history that starts from the 3rd millennium BC. It’s the city that gave birth to great intellectual personalities (such as Pittakos, one of the seven wise men of antiquity), the greatest lyric poets of all time Sappho and Alcaeus, as well as the painter Theophilos and the Nobelist poet, Odysseus Elytis.
Sights of Mytilini
The first thing the visitors will see in the city of Mytilini is going to be the amazing mansions that carry a lot of West-European architectural elements, such as Baroque, Belle Époque etc. A characteristic architectural masterpiece of the area is the well-known Tower of Mytilini, the Belle Époque.
The Castle of Mytilini. It is built at the top of a pine-tree hill, near the port of Mytilini, and is one of the biggest castles in the Mediterranean.
The Tsarsi Hamam (Tsarsi= market) is located at the historical centre of Mytilini and is a part of the complex of the nearby Yeni – Mosque.
At the Gattilusio palace, a square stone tower remains there with a built-in plaque, where the coat-of-arms of the Gattilusio is depicted with distinctly embossed shapes, which are representations of Roman duels. It is located in the castle of Mytilini.
Old Archeological Museum of Mytilini
At a neoclassic building, close by the port of Mytilini (customs house), the history of Lesvos is unfolding from the Neolithic period until the Roman Empire.
Contemporary Archeological Museum of Mytilini
At the neighborhood “KIOSKI” in Mytilini, is one of the biggest and the most modern museums in Greece. It contains mosaic floors and frescoes, statues and relieves from 2nd century B.C.
Municipal Art Gallery of Mytilini: At “Epano Skala”, nearby the Aegean Ministry, about 100 paintings of Greek and foreign painters are displayed.
Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum of Mytilini: It mainly includes religious images of the 15th-19th century.
Folklore Museum of Mytilini: On the jetty, the old port of Mytilini exhibits examples of folk art, local costumes, jewelry and ceramics.
Old Lesbian House. It is a representation of the mansion of the last century's Lesbian home.
Museum of Theophilos. In Varya, 7 km outside Mytilini, in a special building, there are 86 paintings with the works of the popular painter Theophilos.
Museum -Terriant Library (STRATIS ELEFTHERIADIS). It is next to Theophilos Museum. Works of modern art (Picasso, Matisse, Tsarouchis, Theophilos, etc.) are published.
EXCURSIONS - SIGHTS
Loutropolis of Thermi. It is built up on an ascent full of olive trees. The picturesque market, the traditional coffee shops, as well as the thermal baths give an exceptional color to the village. At a 4 km distance from the city of Thermi is built the monastery of St. Raphael.
Mantamados: A town with very strong elements of tradition and religious feeling. There, the monastery of Archangel Michael the patron saint of Lesvos is built.
Sikamneia: At a distance of 2.5 km from Mantamados, is located the picturesque Skala Sikamneia with the church of Panagia “Mermaid”, built in a rock.
Molivos or Mythimna: A traditional settlement located on a hill overlooking the castle of the ancient city. It is impressive to tour its cobbled streets.
Eftalou: It is located 5km from Molivos with a beautiful “lace-like” beach and thermal baths.
Petra: A coastal settlement, with the well known Panagia Petras, which is located up on the top of imposing rock in the centre of the village.
Kalloni: It is located in the biggest cove of the island, with exquisite fish, the very well known sardines, shellfish, mussels and more. At a 3 km distance from the city of Thermi is built the monastery of St Ignatius. (Monastery of Lemonas)
Antissa: A town with very strong elements of the culture of Lesvos. Historically, the village is associated with Orpheus, as according to Greek mythology, in ancient Antissa, his lyre was washed out.
Fossil Forest: It is located halfway on the road to Antissa towards Sigri, and it is one of the most ancient Natural Museums, worldwide known. In the area also, there is the state-of-the-art Natural History Museum of the Fossil Forest and an organized open-air geological park.
Sigri: It is the biggest natural harbor of Lesvos, and is protected from the winds with the help of the small island of Nisiopi, that stands in front of it.
Eressos: It is inhabited since the ancient times and has a rich historical route to show. Three kilometers south of the city you find Skala of Eressos, with a beautiful sandy beach
Agiassos: It is built in the middle of the island on the slopes of Mount Olympus and is a pure traditional settlement, keeping the elements of traditional architecture intact.
Asomatos: It is one of the most beautiful mountainous villages of Lesvos. Here, there are wood sculptors who create unique works of art for every taste.
Polichnitos: It is a tradional settlement at the southern side of Lesvos. Its trademark is the thermal baths, which resemble to fonts and dates from the Ottoman Empire.
Vrissa: Traditional village close by Polichnitos. Here you can see the Natural Museum of Vrissa that includes fossils of vertebrates and invertebrates that lived in the region 2 million years ago. Just a bit out the village Vrissa of Lesvos, is located “Palaiopirgos’, which was built around 1355 A.D, a remaining from the Gattilusio times. It is the oldest tower in the island that was used as a hunting refuge and controlled the feud that was around it.
Vatera: The Vatera beach around 9km. long is most likely the longest beach of Lesvos, with the amazing deep blue waters and thin sand.
Plomari: A traditional settlement. It is located in the southern coast of the island and is said to be the home of Ouzo and soap. It stands out for its architecture and its roads and grounds plan, as well as for the amount of the old industrial buildings (olive presses, soap industries, shipyards, etc.). In Plomari you can see the Museum of Ouzo, Soap Industry and Olive oil Production.
Traditional products: Olive oil, olives, ouzo, dairy products, salted, pastours and honey are some of the fine local products of Lesvos.