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Lesvos island - Silver and olive groves

Between West and East, Lesvos is the third largest island in Greece, very near the coasts of Turkey. The island is connected with the cities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Kavala, with frequent coastal and air transport. It is also connected with the other islands of the North Aegean and the Dodekanese  Mytilini is the capital of the island, founded in 1183 B.C., a few years after the conquest of Troy.

The course of Lesvos throughout history is important and impressive. Prehistoric discoveries testify the presence of humans in the island around 3000 years B.C. Ancient Greek sects such as the Pelasgians, Thessalians, Achaeans and Aeolians, the Athenians and the Spartans but also conquerors such as the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Genovese, the Saracenes and the Turks, have left behind ancient temples, theatres, aqueducts, fortresses, churches, splendid monasteries, turkish baths, mosques and many other significant monuments. The museums of the island Archaeological, Natural History, Paleontology and Folklore all await the visitor in order to reveal not only the human but also the geological and natural history of island.

Lesvos is the island of arts and humanities. The homeland of great personalities that glorified the island in all historical periods from antiquity until today. The philosopher and botanist Theofrastos, the poet Terpandros, the poet Arion, the troubadour Alkaios, the most prominent poet of antiquity Sappho, Pittakos Mytilinaios, one of the seven wise men of antiquity, the poet Odysseas Elytis, the popular Greek painter Theofilos are only a few of the names characteristic of the island’s vast cultural inheritance.   

Lesvos is an island of harmony and beauty, a rock with roots in the North-Eastern Aegean, where the olive and the pine are playfully combined with the big blue. There is no other Greek island where the natural environment is so self-sufficient, full of such variety or that beautiful. From one hand, lie the endless olive groves with eleven million olive trees, the dense pinewoods, the chestnuts and the oak trees, while from the other a volcanic landscape: dry and barren of trees, with the Fossil Forest, the Pompey of plants, standing there for millions of years. This unique, universal monument of nature, where the fossilised trunks of trees dazzle the eye of the visitor with their innumerable nuances of red, yellow, brown, green and black in extraordinary combinations, reveals how the surrounding area was sunk and lost millions of years ago, under the fiery clouds of ash created by the volcanic explosions in the Northern Aegean.

Many hot springs, caverns, gorges, habitats, pinewoods, olive groves, picturesque creeks, sandy beaches, pebbled coasts, mountainous villages, fish villages, stone-built houses with multicoloured windows, paved alleys, traditional olive presses, cafes; they all coexist with neoclassic mansions. The famous town of Molyvos with its Venetian castle and the well preserved stone-built houses is worth a visit. The town has been characterized traditional and the use of cars is prohibited. Dozens of pictures, similar and yet completely different from each other compose the natural and cultural wealth of Lesvos, waiting for you to discover it and spend some unforgettable, dreamy moments there.

 

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