OLIVE PRESS Hotel
ABOUT LESVOS ISLAND
is the third largest island of Greece and has a long history that
goes back more than 3.000 years. It has been the birthplace of
famous people, such as the poets Sappho and Alcaeos, Arion the
Guitarist, and Pittacus, one of the seven wise men of ancient
Greece. A tradition that even continues today and gives the island
that distinctive atmosphere which makes it so different from the
Sappho's reputation as
a lover of her own sex, has given the word "Lesbian" an
international currency. Her reputation is based on some of the
fragments of her poetry: "I was in love with you once,
Atthis, long ago..."
Rich in olives and
fish, the island has an economic balance rare in the Aegean and
because of its relative prosperity the island is very easy for
travelers to reach even in the quiet months of winter. By air, one
can get to Lesvos from Athens five times a day and from Salonica
seven times a week. By Ferry-boat, one can reach Lesvos every day
from Piraeus, and from Salonica on a less frequent schedule.
Mytilene is the capital of the island and has a population of 30,000
people. This is about one third of the total population of the
island. It is built amphitheatrically around its well preserved
Byzantine Castle. Not very far from there, on the north-east side of
town, one can find the Hellenistic Theatre with its superb acoustics
and capacity of 10,000 people. Further in the suburb of Varia one
can visit the Theophilos Museum.
Twelve kilometers from Mytilene, near the town of Moria, one can
visit the Roman Aqueduct that was built in the second century AD.
Going further up north by the east coast, thru a series of beautiful
little villages one will arrive in the town of Mantamados, famous
for its cheeses and the fine pottery. The next stop will be Skala
Sikaminias, one of the most charming fishing villages one would ever
And then we find the village of
Molivos (also known as Mithymna)
at the northern tip of Lesvos is arguably the most beautiful
village of the island with its picturesque harbour dominated by the
castle and tiers of red-tiled stone houses climbing up the slopes
away from the blue sea.
At night, the flood lit castle turns the town into one of the most
romantic places on earth.
Here is where you'll find our
hotel, at the beachfront of the
Main Beach that has been awarded, by the EU, the Blue Flag for its
crystal clear waters.
The association with Arts is appropriate enough, for it was here in
Mithymna that the head of Orpheus is said to have been washed ashore
after his dismemberment of the Thracian women. Another mythical
citizen of Mithymna was the lyric poet and musician Arion. It has
been said that he has been saved by the music-loving dolphin.
Only a short distance of 5 Km SW of Molivos the village of Petra can
be found. Petra has one of the best sandy beaches of the island.
Again further south the village of Agia Paraskevi is situated. This
village has a lot of old mansions and is known for the Bull Festival
that has been celebrated since more than two hundred years. Near the
village lay ruins of an ancient temple of Napaios Apollo and the
ruins of an Ionian temple dated from the 3rd century BC. This temple
was dedicated to Zeus, Hera and Dionysos.
In the island's center, not far from Agia Paraskevi, lays the modern
town Kalloni. It is famous for its sardines which are caught in the
nearby bay called the Gulf of Kalloni. On this gulf one will also
find the popular summer resort Skala Kalloni with its beautiful
Kalloni is also famous for its plain that creates an unique refuges
for birds such as ravines and myrtles.
The oleanders, ferns, pines, form the hydrobiotop of Parakoila,
Skala Kallonis and the salt pans of the gulf. The area is filled
with waters and their thickets of canes consist of a great number of
birds, animals and lepidopteran such as foxes, winks, squirrels,
hedgehogs, martens, turtles, martins, wild pigeons, thrushes,
pelicans, hens-fowls, blackbirds, storks, herons, crickets and
nightingales that brighten mornings and evenings with music.
Also near the center of the island another well known town is
Agiassos. This town is famous for its pottery. Going further south
again we reach the towns of Plomari and Vatera which have the one of
most superb beaches of the island, 10 Km long.
At the western tip of Lesvos, Sigri is a pretty fishing village with
a nice little beach and a castle that goes back to the 18th century.
Not far from there lies the Petrified Forest, dating back fifteen
Finally, not far from Sigri, one will find the town of Eressos.
Eressos has been the birth place of Sappho and Theoprastos. Its
port, Skala Eressos, is a famous resort with a magnificent beach.
Lesvos, as it can be seen from its classical history, its abundance
of poets, musicians, philosophers and lawgivers, was one of the
great cultural centers of the Greek world. It was second perhaps
only to Athens in its influence if not in its power.
As a place for a holiday, for a rest or for quiet work, Lesvos is
HARD to BETTER. It is big enough to permit that change of scene so
necessary if one is to avoid "island claustrophobia". It
has a further advantage that it is easy from here to organize a trip
to visit Troy or to explore the coastline of ancient Ionia.
ABOUT LESVOS ISLAND
| Lesvos island
Designed & powered by EURObit