Whatever your itinerary holds, one thing remains constant: the slow pace of life on this largely undiscovered Mediterranean island. Don't expect to be heading around in a rush ticking things off a list. This is your chance to fully relax and unwind on one of the sunniest islands in the Aegan Sea - preferably with a locally made Ouzo beverage in hand.
As well as beach-hopping and topping up your tan under the glorious Greek sunshine, there’s much to discover beneath the tropical waters surrounding Lesbos. Go scuba diving or snorkelling and explore one of the most coral-rich areas in the Aegean sea, or sail past centuries-old capes and coves in a chartered boat trip.
Thanks to the rugged and dynamic terrain of Lesbos, you can also embark on many 4x4 and safari adventures. A plethora of untouched beauty is waiting to be discovered, so tumble over hills and mountains to unleash your inner adrenaline junkie.
Of course, if you’ve also come to Lesbos to kick back and unwind, there’s plenty to help you relax. Our luxury Lesbos rentals provide the perfect base to embrace a slower way of living, simply wandering the towns and villages - the main town of Molyvos is a creative delight and great for people watching.
Dip your toes into the thermal springs, which legend says were a gift from Hephaestus, the god of fire. The water reaches a toasty 40C and is rich with minerals that are said to soothe many different ailments. With five main sources to choose from, you can even add ‘hot spring hopping’ to your Lesbos must-do list.
The Petrified Forest - one of the island’s main attractions - is another natural wonder unique to Lesbos. The fossilised trees are almost 20 million years old, while the vegetation, floral and fauna give an idea of what the environment would have looked like all those years ago.
If you’re interested in stepping back in time, sites like the Temple of Aphrodite (one of the oldest archaeological spots on Lesbos) and the Castle of Mytilene are also well worth a visit. The latter offers hypnotic views of the Aegean Sea to enjoy while you explore.
There are 17 blue flag beaches on Lesbos - areas known for their natural beauty and cleanliness. Some of our favourites include: Nifida, a grey sand and pebble beach; Kagia, a pebbled beach with cafes on the shore; Eftalou, known for its scuba diving and snorkelling spots; and Molyvos is a pebble and sand beach popular with swimmers.
For long sweeping sand, head to Vatera, one of the more developed beaches on the island where you’ll find companies offering water-sports activities plus loads of places to drink and eat too. Skala Eressos boasts beautiful sunsets across the horizon - and is a stellar place to enjoy a glass of Ouzo in a local bar.
The great thing about Lesbos is that you don’t need to look too hard to find a peaceful, secluded spot. Whether you’re seeking a romantic moment or some quiet time with the family, there are plenty of beaches that you can (almost) have to yourself - especially if you’re willing to bike, hike or even sail your way around the island.
Foodies will be pleasantly surprised when visiting Lesbos - from high-class restaurants to vegan and gluten-free eateries, the island is constantly expanding its culinary offerings.
Olive oil, seafood, local cheeses and wine are a key part of the cuisine in Lesbos - you’ll find high-quality offerings in every classic restaurant across the island, with many local shops selling traditional versions for you to take home as gifts too.
Lesbos was known as the ‘orchard of the ottomans’ for good reason - the mountains on the island help create microclimates that are perfect for producing wine.
If you try one thing in Lesbos, it has to be Ouzo. Though the alcoholic drink can be found all over Greece, it actually originates in Lesbos and this is still where the best of the best distilleries are located - there’s over 17 on the island, producing 50% of the country's production!
Expect a strong yet delightful anise taste, alongside mastic and various other herbs that give it a unique and unmatched flavour - perfect for enjoying after your evening meal.