Top 10 Things to do in Lesbos, Greece

October 26, 2017 Chanda Heide

Lesbos (/ˈlɛzbɒs/, US: /ˈlɛzboʊs/; Greek: Λέσβος Lesvos, pronounced [ˈlezvos]), sometimes referred to as Mytilene after its capital, is a Greek island located in the northeastern Aegean Sea. It has an area of 1,633 km (631 sq mi) with 320 kilometres (199 miles) of coastline, making it the third largest island in Greece. It is separated from Turkey by the narrow Mytilini Strait and in late Palaeolithic/Mesolithic times was joined to the Anatolian mainland before the end of the last glacial period.
Restaurants in Lesbos

1. The Commander of Lesvos Monastery

Mytilene, Greece +30 2253 041226
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4.5 based on 169 reviews

The Commander of Lesvos Monastery

Reviewed By stevephotiou - Padua, Italy

Incomparable atmosphere! It makes you feel close to God. Very introspective location, the Archangel Michael is considered the Protector of Lesvos: ask about the story of the metallic shoes (similar to the story of Talos in Crete), and the Holy Icon's story (very touching). The fighter nearby the entrance has a rationale: The Archangel is the Hellenic Airforce's protector.

2. Panagia Glykofilousa

On the rock, Petra 811 09, Greece
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Panagia Glykofilousa

Reviewed By Sean H - Newport, United Kingdom

We intended to visit Panagia Glykofilousa when we visited Petra, but what we didn't expect was how peaceful and tranquil the church is.
We climbed the famous steps (114) to the top and found an absolute gem of a church in its own right. It is serene and peaceful and beautifully decorated with some much older icons in some parts.
As a photo vantage point in Petra it also can be beaten .

3. Molivos Castle

Molyvos, Greece +30 2253 071803
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4 based on 593 reviews

Molivos Castle

Reviewed By mina2710 - Warminster, United Kingdom

Lovely castle to explore giving spectacular views. Better to walk up top through the shopping alleyways in the morning before the heat kicks in.

4. Barbayannis Ouzo Museum

Epar.Od.Mitilinis Skopelou, Plomari 812 00, Greece
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Barbayannis Ouzo Museum

Reviewed By kmarko - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Just a bit before Plomari you can visit a truly old production line of ouzo, with a nice collection of old tools, materials and photo documentation related to the company's history. Even if you do not drink ouzo, you can admire their passionate dedication to continue the good work, mostly by taking care of the quality of the ingredients, process and of course, the result. And you can enjoy delicious smell :)
I visited alone, and young successor of the bussiness did not hessitate to open the museum just for me, and to do a short tour of the today's production line.

5. Kalloni Salt Pans

3rd Km Kalloni - Mytilene Main Road, Skala Kallonis 811 07, Greece
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Kalloni Salt Pans

Reviewed By be4travel - Rochdale

Lesvos is a great island for bird watchers, wild flowers and for walkers. The amazing wild flowers and orchids are a real bonus for walkers. Old donkey trails are a pleasure to walk and there are so many on Lesvos. We used the Landscapes of Lesvos walking guide which guided us through many beautiful walks.p

6. Natural History Museum

Lesvos Petrified Forest, 81103, Greece +30 2251 047033
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

Natural History Museum

Reviewed By NikosHourvou - Thessaloniki

That was a surprise: we didn't expect such a museum, it was beyond our expectations. It is dedicated in geology, in particular the developments in the area of the Aegean sea over the centuries. Many interesting exhibits and unique findings. Con: the air-conditioning was off that day. Estimate about 45 min for it plus another 15-20 for the exterior

7. Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production

Agias Paraskevis, 81102, Greece +30 2253 032300
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production

The Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production of Lesvos presents the industrial phase of olive-oil production in Greece. It focuses on the changes brought about by the introduction of mechanical motion on the process of olive-oil production and approaches the contribution of the region's inhabitants to the production process with sensitivity. Its objective is to showcase our industrial heritage in the sector of olive-oil production and incorporate it into the broader architectural, social and cultural context of the period. The Museum is housed in the old communal olive press of Aghia Paraskevi on the island of Lesvos. The buildings and the mechanical equipment have been restored in an exemplary fashion. Thus, you can observe how the equipment functions and how the factory evolved from steam power to diesel engine operation. At the same time, you will acquaint yourselves with daily life at the «People's Machine».

Reviewed By MUFC7 - Manchester

Visited here on our 2 week stay on this stunning Island. The museum is well worth a visit. Lots of interesting information to read on the walls and some lovely old photograps to see. Well worth a visit and highly recommend.

8. Petrified Forest of Lesbos

Sigri, Greece +30 2253 054434
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4 based on 252 reviews

Petrified Forest of Lesbos

Reviewed By gpissio - Thessaloniki Greece

Petrified forest, is actually a four different Forests with approximately 25hectares each. The one which is two kilometers before the museum is closed, because belongs to another ministry. So, don't bother try, go straight to the museum where the other Forests begun.
The museum offers a unique experience and tons of information about our planet earth. Definitely, worths your attention.

9. Mytilene Castle

8is Noemvriou, Mytilene 81100, Greece
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4 based on 173 reviews

Mytilene Castle

A huge, 6th century fortress overlooking the town and harbour of the capital town of Lesbos

Reviewed By kmarko - Ljubljana, Slovenia

No doubt a major landmark of Mytilene, with some fantasy (unfortunatelly with nearly no help from the institution taking care for the castle) one can imagine the original size of the enormous structure, and the power behind. I have found the most interesting some of the photos in the brochure received with the ticket, other things including the underground crypt and cistern are hardly helping visitor to understand what was going on in the castle. Audio guide or guides in person desperately needed to change this. Paying higher entrance fee would be acceptable - to get what you expect coming to such a place. After seeing so many Castles, some with much duller history, but presented with memorable stories, this visit has been - to say it nicely - not memorable. The most memorable was the problem to get in - first time it was afternoon, in time of the nicest light for taking photos - and was closed; the next morning should be opened, but I obviously tried to enter at the wrong gate - but ther was no guidelines where is the right entrance; the third time I went prepared - asked friends from Mytilene how the hell cal one get into the castle... and they told me the secrets. But still - when I got to the info tables welcoming visitors it said there are two entrances - but the way to entrance No 1 was overgrown and that was probably not opened anyway; tried with the second - and finally...

10. Skala Eressos Beach

Skala Eresou 81105, Greece
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Skala Eressos Beach

Reviewed By erijon - East Aegean

It doesn't matter the reason I come here, I ALWAYS enjoy the loooong beach, nice cafes and tavernas and swimming in crystal clear water.
There are activities like sea sports at the one side of the beach and a nice, quiet, seaside road to a small church at the other side.
Fantastic view during sunset hours!

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