Nastya and I have been mainly in the Nordic countries in the last few years and we’ve been missing some warm destinations. This summer we were lucky to incorporate a warm country into our travel list. So, greet Greece, as today we will tell you about our trip to the North Aegean islands, namely: Lesvos and Chios where we headed thankfully to Visit Greece. As summer is a holiday and vacation time and Greece is a popular destination, we anticipated a lot of tourists. But thanks to the fact that both islands are quite far from the most famous places in Greece, we went about empty highways, swam and sunbathed in the wild and always found a nice table in a cafe. So Lesbos and Chios have shown us quite a different Greece.
At first, we spent a few days on Lesvos, and then moved to Chios. Each island has left a lot of impressions, so we decided to tell you about each of them separately. Today we will guide you through Lesbos. All the more the place definitely offers a thing to do there.
How to reach
The easiest way to reach Lesbos is to take a ferry from Athens. The journey lasts about 6 hours and the course goes through a chain of other picturesque islands, so the transfer can be viewed as a small sea cruise! Another way is by plane: the main town of the island – Mytilene – has its own airport that provides connection with Athens and Thessaloniki.
How to move
Lesbos is the third largest island in Greece and the eighth in the whole Mediterranean, so the best way to travel there is to rent a car. There is public transport, but it runs rarely and a taxi will be expensive because of the distances. Getting a car is easy – there are plenty of local companies at your service.
Where to settle
Since we made a circle around the island in two days, we stayed in two hotels in its different parts. The first was in the island’s capital (Heliotropi Hotel), the second was near the Molyvos (Aphrodite Hotel). Both hotels provided a high level service with spacious swimming pools and excellent restaurants for an evening meal.
What to visit
We always try to find the most remote and colorful places, and we had a pretty tight program, so we weren’t long in Mytilene. But as it is the island’s capital, it is always nice to walk along the quay and wander about the central streets. Well, if you are fancy about the history – take a look at The Castle of Mytilene.
We got to this picturesque village at the sunset and realized how perfect the place was for an evening walk and a dinner. Most of the houses were nestled under the red tiles and the coast was decorated with tiny fishing boats and, of course, Greek taverns. By the way, one of them is located right on the pier!
If you are on the island, the first thing you are to do is heading for the Petrified Forest. This is a unique place for sure. Because of the volcano eruption we can witness those trees covered with a layer of the volcanic ash, dating back 20 million years. It looks incredibly, as if rocks and minerals are of the same shape and structure like a tree. The museum is located near the Sigri Village (very nice place for a short walk btw).
This town requires a special way of exploring. Start with the topmost districts on the hill and walk down by the street market. The street is decorated with hedges, so walking with pleasure is possible even on a hot day. Besides, don’t forget to drop in the cafe at the top (the terraces offer a magnificent view of the coast!).
Our journey across Lesbos was finished in the same place it was started – Mytilene. There, we waited for the sunset on a ferry to move to the next island – Chios, the story of which is coming soon!