Lesbos holidays are a breath of fresh air for visitors seeking something a bit different from their sunshine break...
Lesbos (also spelled Lesvos) is one of the biggest Greek islands. It is popular with tourists, but as much of the land is given over to thick forests, barren plains and salt marshes, it hasn’t become over-populated by tourist resorts. The ones that do exist are quiet and welcoming, with everything required of a peaceful break in the sun. This is the sort of island where long days are spent dozing under the glorious Greek rays and where evenings are topped off with a serene nightcap under the stars instead of a heart-thumping dance session in a nightclub.
So, sit back, relax, and let us take you on a short journey around the highlights of the island before you begin your search for a great-value Lesbos holiday with TravelSupermarket.
The ancient city of Mytilene, home of the island’s airport, is a superb place to stay. However, most visitors head to the coastal resorts of Molivos/Molyvos, Eresos, Skala Eressos/Eresou, Anaxos and Petra. Whichever one you choose, beaches, culture, history and exquisite cuisine will combine to create an unforgettable holiday in the sun.
Birdwatchers also love Lesbos. The start of the holiday season brings droves of twitchers to areas such as Skala Kalloni, where they can spot flamingo, herons, owls and falcons, among others.
If you were hoping to go all-inclusive, Lesbos has just a few hotels that offer the all-in experience, so it pays to book well in advance to secure your room. Much more popular are self-catering apartments and hotels that offer accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast or half-board basis. When you peruse the menus at the local tavernas though, you won’t mind at all that your hotel doesn’t serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as your mouth will water at the delectable fresh prawns, local cheeses and zingy salads on offer.
Has that whet your appetite? Then you will be glad to know that finding cheap holidays to Lesbos is easy with TravelSupermarket. Simply use our search tool to tell us when you want to go and we will show you a range of low-cost deals. All you have to do is choose and book!
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April is the height of birdwatching activity in Lesbos and marks the start of the holiday season. Visitors can expect average daytime temperatures in the high teens, so swimming in the sea could be a bracing affair! Things start to heat up in May, when average daytime temperatures push past 20C, peaking at around 30C in July and August – the busiest tourism period of the year.
The renowned International Women’s Festival takes place in September, when demand peaks for hotels around Skala Eressos. If you plan to travel around this time, book your holiday early to avoid disappointment.
From grilled fish celebrations to inspiring festivals, there is a diverse selection of annual events in Lesbos…
Festival of the Bull; June/July: Stand among the villagers of Agia Paraskevi, near Kalloni/Kaloni, and touch the decorated bull for luck. Clearly, the bull runs out of luck, as it is cooked and dished up during the event. Music, dance and horse racing also take place during this lively celebration.
Sardine Festival; August: Celebrate the humble sardine with the locals in Kalloni at the height of summer as they wash down their catch with an abundant amount of free ouzo. Live music and dance will work off some of those calories.
International Women’s Festival; September: The birthplace of female poet Sappho is the home of this annual event, which aims to empower and inspire women through the power of creativity. The festival runs for two weeks and features activities and shows.
Though Lesbos doesn’t heave with crowd-pulling attractions, there is much to see and do on this pleasant Greek isle…
Grown-up families: The Kalloni Salt Pans provide the opportunity to see abundant birdlife, while the salt-making process itself captures many an imagination.
Free and cheap: Take a hike up to Molyvos Castle (also known as the Castle of Mithymna), which crowns a town that appears to cling to the hillside. The views from the top are spectacular.
Nightlife: Lesbos is a quiet island, where dining is the main evening activity. There are a couple of lively bars in each resort, but those seeking late-night action should head to the island capital of Mytilene or the hill town of Molyvos.