The city of Mytilene
esvos is the third biggest island in Greece, after Crete and Evia, with an area of 1,630sq. km and a coastline of 370km. It has 90,000 residents. It is famous for two products, Ouzo and Olive Oil. It is also the homeland of the famous ancient poets Sappho and Alkaios.
The name Lesvos was from the mythical hero Lesvos who came here with Lapithes from Thessaly and married Mythimna, daughter of the settler Makaras. During prehistoric times it was a significant cultural centre of the NE Aegean Sea and it flourished economically, commercially and culturally during Archaic times (7th – 6th century BC).
The island’s capital, Mytilene, built on seven hills and crowned by the Gateluzzi fortress, has preserved important features from its resplendent past and its outstanding cultural history.
A busy town with a lively nightlife, Mytilene satisfies every need and desire in terms of hotels, restaurants and recreation.
Its emblems are the majestic Gateluzzi castle, the church of Agios Therapon with its impressive dome, and, at the edge of the port, the Statue of Liberty. A classic meeting point for locals is the area around Sappho Square, and the other half of the horseshoe of the new southern port with its fashionable bars and cafés that draw crowds starting first thing in the morning. Stop there to enjoy the passersby and the nonstop action.
Mytilini connects by sea to the port of Piraeus and by air to the Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos.