Information & Facts
Lesvos has a Mediterranean climate with short, wet winters and
warm, dry summers and a high percentage of sunshine throughout the
year. May, June and September are the most pleasant months to
visit, with little rain and cooler temperatures than the
suffocating heat of the summer months, where temperatures can reach
Fortunately Lesvos has a reliable, cheap and efficient public
transport system with public buses running regularly between the
major towns and resorts. Yellow or grey taxis can be easily hailed
in Lesvos and there are taxis stands in Molivos and other resorts.
Taxis can also be booked in advance at no extra charge. Boats
depart every day from Pireaus to Chios and Mytiline, and during
peak tourist season the trips become more frequent. Several days a
week the ferry continues on to Lemnos, Kavala and Thessaloniki.
Lesvos may not boast as many child-friendly attractions as some
other Greek islands, but with stunning natural beauty, long beaches
and lush green vegetation, children on holiday in Lesvos can enjoy
the endless outdoor activities that abound here. Head to Molivos or
Petra for some donkey trekking through the mountains and views over
the sparkling ocean, or for a really special sight, the Petrified
Forest of Sigri near Eressos is one of the world's most important
natural monuments and children will be amazed that the fossilized
remains date back 15-million years. On days when the weather is not
good and outdoor activities for children are not an option, take
the kids for a dip at the Eftalou Thermal Baths to warm up and 'let
off some steam'. Many hotels offer kids clubs and these are great
for kids to mingle and play with children of other
Greek is the national language, but English is widely
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents.
Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers
cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are
widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient
method of obtaining euros.
It may not be known as party central, but with enough bars,
clubs and tavernas, Lesvos has plenty to offer those looking for a
good night out. Nightlife in Mitilini is focused around the
waterfront, with a younger, trendier crowd frequenting the eastern
side where the drinks are cheap. The older, more mature crowds
enjoy the south side where more relaxed and stylish places can be
enjoyed without the thumping of bass line in the background, or a
riveting conversation can be shared over dinner in a vibrant
taverna. The Byzantine castle at the top of the hill occasionally
hosts music and drama performances.
Molivos doesn't attract the same young crowds as other Greek
holiday resorts, but a few clubs and discos keep the nightlife
scene alive with popular spots including Cafe Sun Set for a few
sundowners, or Molly's Bar. Skala Eressos has a lively gay-friendly
nightlife, with a number of music bars and cafes spilling onto the
Like most holiday shopping, Lesvos has its fair share of gift
shops selling the usual tacky souvenirs, but there are also great
finds if you know where to look. Head to Molivos for fantastic
markets to explore as well as dinky cobblestone streets lined with
little stores. Villages such as Plomari, Eressos, Agiassos, Agia
Paraskev have a few shops, but nothing compared to the calibre or
variety travellers will find in Mitilini or Molivos. Popular buys
include local produce like graviera cheese and Ouzo Wine, as well
as crafts, leather goods, ceramics, unique Greek designed
jewellery, woven goods and interesting folk art. Villages such as
Plomari, Eressos, Agiassos, Agia Paraskev have a few shops, but
nothing compared to Mitilini or Molivos. Tourist shops tend to be
open from 9am to 10pm, while others close earlier.
One of Greece's quieter destinations, Lesvos may not have the
high-profile attractions of other islands, but breathtaking
scenery, stunning beaches and natural, unspoilt beauty make this
island a fabulous place to explore.
History buffs will love the Archaeological and Theophilos
Museums in Mitilini and the roman aqueduct in Moria, which was
built in the second century AD, while science enthusiasts will want
to be sure to visit the highly-regarded Geological Museum in Sigri.
Don't miss a visit to the most scenic town on the east coast of the
island, Mandamados, famous for its cheeses, or the war ruins at
Pyrgi Thermis. The holiday resort town of Molivos boasts a
fantastic maze of winding streets, red-roofed stone houses, and
remnants of its medieval past.
The pebbly beaches in Molivos are also great for sunbathing,
while the crystalline turquoise waters provide excellent
snorkelling conditions. The beaches in Plomari and Vatera are known
as the best on the island, or for an interesting day out, head to
Eftalou to enjoy the therapeutic thermal baths, or walk along
mile-long beach of Eressos.