The Greek island of Lesvos is the country’s third largest and has endless opportunities for even the most seasoned of travellers. As well as having a stunning coastline you’d expect from a Mediterranean sunspot, the island has sprawling olive groves, natural hot springs, and lush green forests set amongst mountainous terrain. As well as its obvious natural charms, Lesvos is steeped in fascinating ancient Greek history and has a thriving student population which helps drive an exciting nightlife scene that caters to more than just mass tourism. Agriculture makes up for the biggest slice of the Islands income, with olive oil and popular tipple ouzo being produced locally.
A fuel-efficient economy car is perfect for driving around Lesvos, where you are unlikely to encounter many difficulties. The roads on the island are generally well-surfaced and above average by local standards.
Driving in Lesvos
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Important things to note
Although local drivers can sometimes drive very fast, most do abide by the traffic rules so just be extra vigilant.
The roads in Lesvos are surprisingly good and do not pose too many threats, including roads surrounding the mountainous areas.
It is not uncommon to see flocks of sheep being herded along narrower, rural roads, so just drive with extra caution in such areas.
Highlights & Hotspots
Head to the Petrified Forest of Lesbos and you will not only get to marvel at the protected natural monuments, but visit the Natural History Museum located there too. Offering a thorough and insightful look into its rich history, there’s enough to keep both adults and children happy here.
Experience the ultimate in therapeutic relaxation at the Healing Springs of Lesvos, situated in Eftalou. Not only are you able to ease any type of stress, aches and pains by soaking in the hot spring waters, but massages are also on offer to help you unwind.
Keen historians should seek out Mytilene and its rather grand castle. The city is one of the oldest in the world, and dates as far back as the 10th century BC. As well as offering a chance to step back in time, the town has a pretty waterfront and fantastic views of the island from the medieval fortress.
For an authentic Greek dining experience set against the backdrop of the Mytilene Harbour, try Antonis Ouzeri. This traditional tavern has a warm, cosy vibe and delicious homemade food. Locals flock here to enjoy the best dishes the Island has to offer alongside unusual specials like baby shark.
Lesvos is serviced by Mytilene International Airport, which should take you just over 50 minutes to get to by car, traffic permitting. It is located alongside the main coastal road in Mytilene, which goes south to the airport.
Although a relatively small airport, it accepts a large volume of flights from around the globe and features a duty-free shop and caf√© bar.