While you may be tempted to spend your whole villa holiday in Lesbos hopping between the island’s 17 blue flag beaches, soaking in the sunshine with a drink in hand, there’s so much more to see and do beyond the island’s golden sands. To help you get the most out of your trip, we’ve pulled together our top suggestions of things to do in Lesbos, from archaeological sites to scuba diving – there’s plenty to explore!
Step back in time
Those who love their history are in luck – there’s plenty to feed your thirst for knowledge in Lesbos. The Temple of Aphrodite is the oldest archaeological site on offer, built during the early 5th century BC and once considered a sanctuary. For ancient ruins with a side of sea views, head to the Castle of Mytilene, which is spread across 60 acres and overlooks the Aegan Sea.
And if you prefer your monuments to be surrounded by pine trees, the Castle of Molyvos is situated on a hill across many levels, and even hosts festivals and concerts in the summer months.
If you’re looking to explore the rugged terrain of Lesbos, we’d recommend a 4×4 safari tour adventure. Your guide will drive you up into the Lepetymnos Mountain, which is the highest peak of the island, taking in breathtaking views as you weave in and out of the wildlife – and there’s even the chance to feed horses and donkeys along the way.
Go under the sea
There’s as much to see below the water as above it! The deep blue that surrounds Lesbos happens to one of the most coral-rich areas in the Aegean Sea, meaning amateur snorkelers and avid scuba-divers alike can grab a mask and take in the beautiful marine life. Not a confident swimmer? There are many alternatives available, including chartering a boat and sailing past the many capes and coves in style.
Visit the thermal springs
There are five thermal spring sources to choose from in Lesbos, allowing you to get more than your fair fill of freshwater bathing. They’re all said to be a gift from Hephaestus, the god of fire, which would explain why they reach a toasty temperature of 40 degrees Celsius! However, the water’s superpower isn’t necessarily its warmth – these springs are enriched with soothing minerals that many claim to have healed their chronic ailments.
Visit the Petrified Forest
Made up of fossilised trees and plants that are almost 20 million years old, the Petrified Forest is perhaps the most unique natural wonder of Lesbos. It takes up over 150 square km, with the flourishing flora and fauna giving visitors an idea of how the environment would have looked originally. Once you’ve had a walk around, take yourself over to The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest in Sigri and check out the permanent and temporary exhibitions on show.
Try new foods
Greek cuisine is beloved around the world for its vibrant flavours and colours, drizzling olive oil across everything from a slice of freshly baked bread to a bean-packed salad. Grab-and-go diners will love gyros – grilled meat wrapped in pita and often stuffed with French fries for extra crunch!
Those looking to make an occasion out of their meals can savour local seafood, rich stews and saganaki, washing it all down with a glass of ouzo. Not familiar with the staple Greek alcoholic beverage? It boasts a strong anise taste with herby undertones.
You’ll certainly be spoilt for choice with where to eat each night, but hopefully our best restaurants in Lesbos blog will help you decide.
Wander the towns and villages
The various towns, villages and hamlets of Lesbos all boast their very own character, placing modern family homes side by side with Ottoman mosques and Neoclassical buildings. While Molyvos is the main tourist town, known for its long beach, antique shops and art galleries, we’d also suggest visiting Petra, a lesser-known seaside village with stunning architecture, plus Agiasos, found just a little inland but well worth the drive.
As you can see, there are so many exciting things to do in Lesbos. Of course, if you’ve also come to the island to kick back and unwind, our luxury villas in Lesbos will provide the perfect space to do so. Ready to begin planning your trip to this hidden gem? Contact a member of our concierge team and they’ll be happy to help you get started.