Lesvos island news and views
Lesvos is located in the north-eastern Aegean close to the Turkish mainland. Lesvos is the third largest Greek island after Crete and Evia and has its own airport. Lesvos has strong cultural traditions and is quietly impressive. The main tourist attractions of Lesvos are the beautiful varied landscape, the picturesque hill villages and some splendid beaches.
Popular Greek holidays islands such as Lesvos and Samos have become a gateway for refugees fleeing conflict zones in the Middle East. And news reports of thousands of migrants arriving on Greek island beaches and the tension growing.
Each year at the end of July the ouzo makers of Lesvos link up with the town hall of Plomari, organize the famous ouzo festival to promote the drink.
Scientists at the Natural History Museum for the Lesvos Petrified Forest were alerted to the finds and have carried out an extensive search of the roadworks.
Known today for its links with links with lesbian women and the female poet Sappho — there is even an annual women's festival on the island — Lesvos was once a sex playground.
A flower covered street on the island of Lesvos has taken the top slot on a leading art and design website after picking up thousands of votes.
Only a short boat hop from the Lesvos capital port of Mytelini, the tiny 16-acre islet called Little Mytilene is on the market for a cool €800,000, around £640,000 at the current exchange rate, and bidders are welcome.
First created by Levos travel firm Sappho Travel in 2000, the Women's Festival has grown each year at the gay-friendly beach resort of Skala Eressos on the south coast of the island.
The unique and ancient petrified forest of Lesvos site has been submitted as a potential UNESCO World Heritage Site in a bid to boost tourism on the popular Greek island.
This year the Lesvos Beach Street Festival will be staged in the island's capital town, Mytilene and features more than 80 graffiti artists joined by more than 50 musicians.
Lesvos has been cut off from all ferry routes to other Greek islands for the past 20 days and there is little prospect of services being resumed this summer.
Greek island hotels are to promote the 'Greek Breakfast' to help promote local products to tourists. It follows a successful events on the Greek Island of Lesvos in the eastern Aegean and on Corfu in the western Ionian.
Any regular visitor to the Greek Islands will know there is little love lost between Greece and its close neighbour Turkey. Military boats and planes regularly patrol waters and airspace between the two countries. But, in a rare example of cooperation . . .
Scatterlight Donkeys & Foxballs Ice Cream is a book of photos and stories from Lesvos by Julie Smit and Jan van Lent with artwork by Jeroen Koster. Dutch residents of Molyvos, Julie Smit and Jan van Lent, clearly love the Greek island of Lesvos . . .
A 20 million-year-old forest on Lesvos holiday island has been declared the top European Geopark for 2011-2014. The Petrified Forest of Lesvos is considered an ideal example of how to run a geopark, according to . . .
Gay tourists are giving Greek Island holidays the thumbs down, according to the latest research into the Greek beach holiday tourism market. Greek island holidays on Lesbos and Mykonos beaches have been popular destinations with the gay . . .
Holidaymakers on Lesvos can drop into a series of cultural events at the end of July to mark the centenary of the birth of Nobel Literature Prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis. Elytis, born Odysseas Alepoudelis in 1911 in Heraklion, Crete . . .
The wetlands of Lesvos help make the island a favourite with birdwatchers who can combine their Greek island holiday with their favourite hobby.
Geopark experts have arrived on the holiday island of Lesvos this week to study the petrified forest in the remote western region of Lesvos island. Park evaluation takes place every four years to ensure high quality standards of maintenance . . .