A fascinating ancient past comes to life between shimmering golden beaches and breathtaking olive tree-studded landscapes across the Greek isles. Team this with a peppering of the country’s famous blues and whites, heavenly fare and stunning historic sights, and you’ve got yourself a holiday to remember.
If you simply can’t get enough of all things Greece, why not give Lesvos a go? Brand new to Jet2holidays for Summer 2020, this magical Greek island sits just off the west coast of Turkey, surrounded by the glittering Aegean Sea.
Fancy jetting off on a Lesvos holiday? Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to…
The best of the beaches
If you love nothing more than spending your days lazing on a golden beach and soaking up the sunshine, then you’ve come up trumps stumbling upon Lesvos. This beach-ringed island has a sandy spot for all, from pretty Petra Beach in the north to the darker sands of Vatera Beach in the south.
You’ve got the choice of quiet, relatively undiscovered coves where you can while away an afternoon in total peace and quiet or more popular spots filled with loungers, lined with bars and restaurants and offering up a great array of water sports. The shores here are a mix of sand, pebble and shingle.
Picturesque Skala Eressos Beach holds the much-coveted Blue Flag status and is not to be missed. It’s backed by a lush green valley, so your sunbathing setting couldn’t get more serene if it tried!
Step back in time
Looking to delve deeper into Lesvos’ past? You can see everything from the intriguing remains of a Roman aqueduct to pretty and peaceful monasteries that are hidden away in the hills. The island is famed for being the home of 7th-century poet, Sappho, who wrote whimsical poems, hymns and love stories based here. She wasn’t the only writer to have walked this land though, as famous fable-writer, Aesop, was also born here. You could spend some time retracing their steps and learning about the backstories behind their popular works.
Lesvos’ capital, Molivos, is where you’ll find one of the island’s highlights, Molivos Castle. It sits atop a hill surrounded by colourful houses and is one of the best preserved fortresses across the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean. To get there, there are lots of steps involved – 246 to be precise. Yikes! But if you don’t mind a leisurely uphill walk, you’ll certainly be rewarded with spectacular sea views when you reach the top.
Go crazy for the cuisine
You’ve got traditional fish tavernas out towards the coast serving up fresh catches alongside family-run eateries at the heart of the villages, using generations-old recipes that never fail to impress. Menus are filled with renowned Greek delights, including souvlaki, gyros and feta-filled salads drizzled in olive oil. Got room for dessert? Don’t miss out on a giant slab of syrupy baklava and ice cream.
It’s not all about the delicious food here either. Lesvos is known as the island of ouzo due to the farmers on the island producing around half of the world’s ouzo supply – impressive or what? Sample a tipple after your meal or really get to know this fiery spirit on a visit to one of the many ouzo museums and factories here.
Posted: 1st Nov 2019.