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Mytilene is located on the south-eastern edge of the island of Lesbos in the eastern Aegean Sea and is its capital. The island of Lesbos is one of the quieter Greek islands and has remained largely undiscovered by tourists, meaning it has retained a reputation for being quiet and sleepy.

Why go?

Book flights to Mytilene International Airport on Lesbos and take your pick from an array of stunning holiday hotspots...

The island of Lesbos is home to many archaeological remains such as those to be found at Gattilusi Castle in Molyvos, which is built on ancient Byzantine and Ottoman ruins. Other attractions include the Eftalou hot springs as well as the Petrified Forest, located between Eressos and Sigri, and the beach at Vatera, which is one of the longest in Greece.

The island also hosts the annual International Women's Festival, having been home to Saphho, the ancient Greek women's poet. The island of Lesbos also boasts some of the best food and drink in the whole of Greece. Plomari on the south coast is the home of Ouzo and there are many restaurants across the island serving traditional Greek dishes, particularly seafood.

During the summer months it is possible to get a direct non-stop flight to Lesbos into Mytilene International Airport (MJT). However, visitors wanting Mytilene flights in the winter months will need to fly in via Athens.

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How to get there

This Greek island benefits from non-stop services in the summer months, just at the time most people want to enjoy beach holidays in the sun...

Thomas Cook offers charter services from Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester, taking around three and a half hours to reach the island. Flights operate in the summer months from around May to October.

Outside of this time and for any other departure points you'll need to fly via a European point. Athens is the obvious choice, with Aegean Airlines connecting London and Manchester with Mytilene in around six hours plus.

Getting to and from the airport

After your short flight to Mytilene you'll want to get straight to your resort. Use our guide about transport to find out how...

Mytilene airport is located in the east of this unusually shaped island. It can take around two hours to reach the western areas by road, so be aware of distances when it comes to organising your transport. A taxi, for example, might be very expensive from the airport if you're staying in the resort of Skala Eresou, which is in the west.

Car hire is a good option if you can't find any reasonably priced hotel transfers. You can collect your pre-booked vehicle from the airport and drive yourself to your hotel. Getting around Lesbos is easy.

There's a good network of local buses on the island, which run between the bigger villages. Taxis are available for transfers from the airport into the town, as well as for excursions. The town of Mytilene is a 30-minute drive from the airport, so even if you're staying here you might want to consider renting a car in Lesbos.

The best way to see the island is by hiring a car but there are also some good hiking routes available between villages.

Where to stay

Lesbos is blessed with an abundance of excellent hotels, where you can expect a welcome befitting Greece's renowned hospitality...

Molivos is one of the main attractions for tourists, the other main destination being the stunning beaches of Eresos.

Molivos, also known as Molyvos or Mithymna, is a harbour town in the north of Lesbos. The hill-top fort and traditional houses make this a popular tourist spot.

Eresos, together with its neighbour Skala Eresou, lure many holidaymakers who love the combination of beaches and history. The grey sands are particularly remarkable and you'll see plenty of blue flags flying thanks to pristine waters and opportunities to swim safely.

Other resorts on Lesbos that might tempt you include Anaxos, Skala Kalloni and Petra. The stunning beach and village of Petra has won many fans over the years. One look at the green hills, long beach and the pretty pedestrian-only streets will reveal why it is so popular.

As the capital of the island, the churches, mansions, restaurants and ancient sites of Mytilene carry a unique charm. Hotels here are popular with those who are looking for a slice of real island life and don't mind not having beaches right on the doorstep.

All across the island you can check in at basic budget hotels at the lower end of the price scale, with luxury resorts at the top end. In the middle of the range are many pleasant self-catering apartments and family-focussed hotels where tranquillity and rest reign.

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