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TraditionCultureHistoryArts and Spirituality are the dominant elements of this beautiful corner of the Aegean Sea.

:: All this amidst a natural environment of wild abandon, toying with colours, smells and sounds. And a sun that gleams, invigorates and shines brighter here than anywhere else, bathing golden sandy beaches and amusing itself with the crystal blue water as it reflects its rays.

:: Sun-kissed bodies, sensuously receive its warm caress with an expression that says they are held captive to beauty and passion.

 :: And later a stroll, in a place where you are greeted by smiling and welcoming faces.
Through cobblestone streets and paths resonant with legends and fairy tales and through sites of ancient worship where you sense the divinities still live on.

:: And where you sample tastes with traces of mystery and the East.

:: And the dizziness left as an aftertaste by ouzo, is a sign of the lively night ahead. When the rhythm of the music becomes one with the beating of hearts.
And the night becomes sensuous…

“Dear Visitor,

The Hoteliers Association of Lesvos has the great pleasure to present its member-hotels, for your information, regarding the quality, services and amenities you may expect to find during your stay on our unique island.
Our island, with its ancient history, hotel unsurpassed natural beauty and tradition of hospitality spanning over centuries, awaits to greet you and treat you to an unforgettable holiday.

In fact anyone who visits Lesvos, apart from its beautiful and lush natural environment, which unfolds amidst a backdrop of green and blue, its pristine beaches, its religious and archaeological monuments, its fossilised forest, a wondrously unique gift of nature, and the simplicity of local life, has endless choice about how to spend their holiday.

The invigorating hot-springs, the diversity of birds and plants, the excellent climatic conditions, traditional Lesvian cuisine and museums exhibiting unique artefacts, are just a few of the attractions a guest may enjoy.
The Hoteliers Association of Lesvos was established in 1986. Its foremost object was to upgrade customer services provided, an objective that has been achieved. It will delight us to have you visit Lesvos, the third largest island in Greece.

We shall be at your side should you need us throughout your stay at our hotels, ready to assist you in any problem that arises and making sure that you have everything you ask for.

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The Hoteliers Association of Lesvos and island locals, continuing their age-old tradition of hospitality, invite you and welcome you to Lesvos.”

The Board of Directors

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Geographical Features

:: GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES
The island is located in the Eastern Aegean and is approximately 180 miles in distance from Athens. It has an area of 1630 km2, is 70 km long and 45 km wide with a stretching coastline of 320 km.
It is the third largest island in Greece following Crete and Evia respectively. It has a population of approximately 100,000.
The greatest part of the island proves a thriving ground for olive groves, while pine forests occupy a large area in the centre. In the west the landscape is more ascetic, scattered with acorns and rocky mountain ranges. The two gulfs, Geras and Kallonis, add to Lesvos’ distinctive shape.  There are small but fertile plains in the regions of Kallonis, Geras, Ippios and Eressos. Small valleys and springs, mountain ranges and beaches – both sandy and pebble, conveying an image of island and mainland at the same time, form a landscape which at every turn resounds with the Aegean, with Greece.
The “eco-tourist paths” lead a traveller on a course of discovery into the uniqueness of the Lesvian landscape and the aesthetic pleasure of contact with the beauty of Lesvos’ natural environment. Amongst the most interesting features a traveller can discover trekking through Lesvos, include Mt. Olympus with its unique ecosystem that one rarely sees on islands. A hiker can follow any one of the many forest paths that start from the scenic town of Agiasso, cross through the mountainous mass of Olympus and end up on the southern side of the island, at Plomarri or Vateron beach in the Municipality of Polychnitou. Filoxenia
Along the way, one will come upon picturesque villages at which to rest and Villa for rent, points of breathtaking view, charming cafes and little churches, refreshing deep springs and an rich abundance of rare plants and wild flowers. The Geras and Kallonis gulfs are home to two unique wet habitats that are vital for maintaining bio-diversity in the whole of Europe. Many rare species of bird flock to these areas and can be the object of bird watching particularly in the Spring and Autumn. No-one should forget the myriad of interesting caves or the abundance of hot-springs throughout the island (at Polichnitos – Lisvorri – Argenos – Eftalou- Therma Geras Gulf- Thermi). 
The Fossilised Forest and volcanic structures located in Western Lesvos, are singular destinations in themselves and of great interest.  :: THE COURSE OF LAVA
One million years ago a rich vegetation with huge age-old trees, some of whose trunks spanned 8.5m, covered the entire area. The intense volcanic activity of Ordymnou however, led to the barrenness of the area and its fossilised plant inhabitants. Today this phenomenon is awe-inspiring, due mainly to the colours of the fossils. No description and no other means that an on-the-spot visit can suffice in revealing the true wonder, the beauty and strange attraction that the fossilised forest evokes. There is also an underwater section of the fossilised forest, at Sigri, but which has not yet been made use of, for mass visits.

Historical Facts

Prehistoric finds testify to human presence on the island which dates back to approximately 3300 B.C. Based on pre-history, the first island dweller was Makaras, who according to one version was referred to as son of the Sun, while in another as son of the hero Krinakos and grandson of Zeus. Many of the island’s towns bear the names of Makaras’ children (Antissa, Arisvi, Mithymna, Eressos).
Makaras’ dynasty endured in Lesvos until the Defkalion floods, following which the island was deserted.
The beauty and skilled hand of the women of Lesvos is extolled by Homer and plays a catalytic role in the events of the Iliad.
It was in such a manner that Achilles, during one of his many raids of the island, captured the beautiful Vrissiida, who later provoked the feud between himself and Agamemnon. It is said that Achilles conquered Mithymna with the help of the king’s daughter, Pissidiki, who had fallen in love with him.  The sacred ground of Apollo stood on Mt. Lepetymnos and the island’s inhabitants, especially revered him and his sister Artemis. It is said that the Homeric Palamidis, the founder of letters and numbers, is buried at the foot of the mountain.
The first of the island’s inhabitants steered closer towards maritime activities and less towards agriculture, despite being at the stage of processing metal and having built impressive dwelling facilities. Small, organised cities existed, with oblong houses made of stone and influenced by the architecture along the Trojan coast. Filoxenia

the rule of Penthelidon, who is ultimately killed in 659 BC by the tyrannicide, Megaklis. The protracted friction between Mithymna and Mytilini ceases, when Pittakos, one of the Seven Wise Men of antiquity, institutes the rule of peace on the island and leads the area to trade prosperity and important cultural achievements. Poetry flourishes at the hands of Sappho from Eresso and Alkeo from Mytilini, both from aristocratic backgrounds and in opposition to Pittakos. In 527 BC, according to Herodotus, Lesvos fell under the rule of the Persians and was ultimately liberated in 479 BC, where it proceeded to join the Athenian alliance.

In 428 BC, a short while following the start of the Peloponnesian War, Mytilini seeks to join forces with Sparta, but is betrayed by Mithymna. Thucydides documents the disputes between Athenians over imposition of the death penalty on all citizens of Mytilini. At the last moment the harsh decision is withdrawn and Mytilini is saved from complete annihilation. With the final, however, Athenian defeat, Lesvos temporarily passes to the realm of Spartan influence. For two centuries it undergoes constant changes in sovereign: the Persians, Macedonians, Ptolemaiki and finally, Mithridatis, king of Pondos who forcefully withstood roman expansionism in the eastern Mediterranean. When he is ousted by western Asia Minor (approximately 80 BC), Lesvos accedes without condition to the roman empire.  Centuries of political instability and foreign domination do not sever the intense cultural activity taking place on the island. In the middle of the 4th century BC, the Athenian orator Isocrates, writes in a letter addressed to the noblemen of Mytilini that “your city, by public admission, stands apart in all dimensions of cultural life and has given birth to all celebrated artists”. A little later, the philosopher Aristotle and his pupil and successor Theophrastos, born in Eressos, settle on the island. The philosopher Epikouros lectures on Mytilini, while St. Paul travels through there on one of his missions. Following the predominance of Christianity as the official religion of the roman state (313 AD), many basilicas are constructed (more than 80 can be traced today).