Lovely Lesbos holidays 2020
The third largest island in Greece following Evia and Crete, Lesbos is a lush island paradise full of glorious greenery and olive trees, offering a scenic spot for your 2020 cheap holiday. Lesbos has long expanses of desert-like plains, salt marshes and sandy beaches, bringing an untamed beauty that’s irresistible to holidaymakers from across the globe.
The capital city and island port, Mytilini town, is vibrant and bustling all year-round, and has plenty of great places to eat and stay. Just a stone’s throw away is where you’ll find the northern coastal town of Molyvos, or Mythimna, a picturesque place with stone houses and winding alleyways. Lesbos is popular with holidaymakers of all types thanks to the wide selection of activities, ranging from cycling and hiking to birdwatching.
Twitchers will delight as there are more than 279 species of birds here including birds of prey and wading aquatic birds. With historical sights, a huge helping of Greek character and beautiful beaches, Lesbos has all the beautiful landscapes and attractions that you could wish for in a Greece Island escape. Lesbos is a great island for more active holidaymakers looking for a good balance between a gorgeous landscape, great climate and fun activities. Things to do here include cycling, hiking, swimming, diving, tennis, sailing and birdwatching.
Why book Lesbos holidays
Top attractions to visit
See the Byzantine Castle of Molyvos or impressive Castle of Mytilene
Lush natural wonders
Visit the 20-million-year old Petrified Forest of Lesbos
Discover the best beaches
We love the volcanic sands of Skala Eressos Beach & pebbly Agios Isidoros Beach
Must-visit historical sites
Don’t miss out on the Agios Taxiarchis Monastery & Petra’s Panagia Glykofilousa
You can choose from Barbayannis Ouzo Museum and Museum of Industrial Olive Production
Sample the local food
The island is great for fresh fish and mussels
Top resorts in Lesbos
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Eclectic scenery ranging from tree covered mountains to golden sandy beaches make holidays to Mytilini a must-visit. Whether you choose …From £303 per person
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Your guide to Lesbos holidays
Lesbos has a wide selection of attractions, including areas of natural beauty, historic attractions and monuments and museums. The scenic village of Molyvos is often touted as being the most beautiful on the island, so it’s well worth spending a day or two here exploring the cobbled streets. One of the largest castles in the Mediterranean, Mytilene Castle dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries and occupies an enviable position on a hilltop. Bird lovers will delight in a visit to Kallini Salt Pans, where you can spot avocets, terns, egrets and black and white storks. If you’re a big bird buff and can visit during the migratory season, you’ll get to enjoy watching the birds head to the wetlands in many thousands. If you can’t, don’t worry as there are many birds to see throughout the year. The main attraction of the salt flats is the bright pink flamingos, a memorable experience whether you’re a birdwatching enthusiast or not.
One of the undoubted jewels in the crown of the island of Lesbos is the selection of beaches. The most beautiful of these beaches includes Eresos, an expanse of clean sand that stretches for 2.5 kilometres, with clear blue waters. Eresos is a Blue Flag beach thanks to its exceptionally clean sea waters and pristine sands, and is one of the most popular beaches with visitors.
Skala Kalloni is also something exceptional. Well served by the town and close to the infamous Kalloni Salt Pans, the beach itself is sandy and well serviced by a delightful cafe and free sunbeds. The water is shallow and warm making it the ideal place to swim or for children to splash around in safety.
Other beaches that are worth a visit are Vatera, which is 9 kilometres long, the largest beach on the island. With its beautiful deep azure waters and soft sand, Vatera is an impressive sight at all times of year. Something of a well-kept secret, the beach at Saint Hermogenes is small but stunning and surrounded by verdant pine trees. Another breath-taking beach is Saint Idisore, situated 2 kilometres from the heart of Plomari. This beach was awarded the seventh best beach in Greece and has a great set of amenities. If you’re looking for a place to have a quiet swim or take a romantic stroll away from the crowds, head to the pebbled beach of Melinda.
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