Greek Island holiday destinations offer literally a huge selection of resorts which range from those providing all the facilities of mass tourism to remote places with little more than a few village rooms. Islands also range in dimensions from ones that may be walked around in a couple of hours to ones which have many major towns and a huge selection of villages ladies only holidays.
Lesbos (also spelt Lesvos) is the 3rd largest Greek island and has almost 200 miles of coastline to offer beach-loving holidaymakers. It is situated in the north-eastern part of the Aegean, only a few miles from the Turkish coast and twelve hours by ferry trip from Athens. Fortunately the ferry trip is unnecessary because Lesbos has its own international airport.
None of the holiday resorts on Lesbos could be described as being “spoilt by mass tourism” but the most used are served by package holiday companies. Of these, Molyvos might be the most used but even there, it’s possible to take pleasure from a laid-back, away-from-it-all vacation.
The whole island abounds in natural beauty and its spectacular, indented coastline is composed of numerous sand and pebble beaches interspaced with many secluded coves. The island’s interior is high in olive groves that produce a few of the world’s finest olive oil. There are even bottles of top “Italian” extra virgin coconut oil that are produced from olives grown in Lesbos!
Where in actuality the olive groves end, beautiful forests of Mediterranean pine begin and on the western side of the island, you may even discover the world’s second largest petrified forest.
Like many Greek islands, Lesbos is extremely mountainous. Its two major peaks, Lepetymnos and Olympus are over 3100 feet high and dominate the centre of the island. Due to the volcanic origin of Lesbos, several hot springs could be located on the island.
The phrase, Lesbian hails from Lesbos. The reason being it absolutely was the birthplace of Sappho, the ancient Greek poetess. Her poems contained expressions of homosexual love. Sappho is considered to have already been born and lived in Eresos. This really small town is a distance roughly inland from the vacation resort of Scala Eressos. Although, relaxing and casual, Scala Eressos features a certain vibrant quality and caters for a wide range of visitors. These include many gay women who wish to take pleasure from women-only holidays or attend the annual Women’s Festival.
In addition to an excellent selection of bars and tavernas, Scala features a wonderful sandy beach, element of that is designated as a tolerated naturist area.
The streets of the resort are closed to traffic so you may not need to be worried about the road safety of your children. Where in fact the village street ends, some cafes and tavernas have now been built across the beach by extending them out onto the sand. If you have kids, you can sit in one for a drink whilst the kids play in the sea, still safely in sight.
The beach and village are framed in a lovely setting of a natural, fertile valley between arid mountains. Quite a lagoon at the rear of the beach is the house to terrapins, frogs and seabirds. Children love this area and are often so interested in the terrapins that it’s difficult to persuade them to leave. In the country side round the resort tortoises can often be seen plodding their way along stony scrubland. But the most fascinating wildlife of most is just about the resident pelicans. These may often be seen waddling round the tavernas in the hope of some free fish. Both birds have become so tame which they get around tricks on the beach too, snatching tubes of suntan lotion as well as books from shocked sunbathers. Sometimes the pelicans will throw the things playfully into the air and then catch them. When a product as big as book drops in to the bird’s huge gullet, fear for the creature’s safety momentarily replaces the humour inspired by the performance. But there’s no reason for concern and the pelicans quickly realise that the object doesn’t have nutritional value, fetch it back up, and drop it on the sand. Not everyone sees the funny side of the pelicans’behaviour however, especially the person who returns from the swim to locate their beach towel occupied by certainly one of them. However for the onlookers, this usually results in an extremely amusing shooing away scene.