Greek Island holiday destinations offer literally hundreds of resorts ranging from those providing all the facilities of mass tourism to remote places with little more than a few village rooms. Islands also range in size from ones which can be walked around in a few hours to ones which have many major towns and countless villages.
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Lesbos (also spelt Lesvos) is the next largest Greek island and has almost 200 miles of coastline to provide beach-loving holidaymakers. It’s situated in the north-eastern section of the Aegean, only some miles from the Turkish coast and twelve hours by ferry trip from Athens. Fortunately the ferry trip is unnecessary because Lesbos has a unique international airport.
None of the break resorts on Lesbos could be described as being “spoilt by mass tourism” but the most popular are served by package holiday companies. Of the, Molyvos is probably typically the most popular but even there, it is possible to take pleasure from a laid-back, away-from-it-all vacation.
The entire island abounds in natural beauty and its spectacular, indented coastline is made up of numerous sand and pebble beaches interspaced with many secluded coves. The island’s interior is saturated in olive groves that produce some of the world’s finest olive oil. You can find even bottles of top “Italian” extra virgin olive oil which 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 get the world’s second largest petrified forest.
Like many Greek islands, Lesbos is very mountainous. Its two major peaks, Lepetymnos and Olympus are over 3100 feet high and dominate the centre of the island. Because of the volcanic origin of Lesbos, several hot springs can be located on the island.
The word, Lesbian hails from Lesbos. This is because it was the birthplace of Sappho, the ancient Greek poetess. Her poems contained expressions of homosexual love. Sappho is considered to have now been born and lived in Eresos. This very small town is a distance approximately inland from the vacation resort of Scala Eressos. Although, relaxing and laid back, Scala Eressos has a certain vibrant quality and caters for a wide variety of visitors. These include many gay women who wish to savor women-only holidays or attend the annual Women’s Festival.
In addition to an excellent collection of bars and tavernas, Scala includes a wonderful sandy beach, element of which will be designated as a tolerated naturist area.
The streets of the resort are closed to traffic so you don’t need to bother about the road safety of your children. Where in actuality the village street ends, some cafes and tavernas have been built along the beach by extending them out onto the sand. If you have kids, you are able to sit in a single for a drink whilst the kids play in the sea, still safely in sight.
The beach and village are framed in an attractive setting of a green, fertile valley between arid mountains. Quite a lagoon at the back of the beach is the house to terrapins, frogs and seabirds. Children love this area and are often so fascinated by the terrapins that it’s difficult to persuade them to leave. In the country side around the resort tortoises can often be seen plodding their way along stony scrubland. But the absolute most fascinating wildlife of most is probably the resident pelicans. These may often be viewed waddling round the tavernas in the hope of some free fish. Both birds have grown to be so tame which they get as much as 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 something as big as book drops into the bird’s huge gullet, fear for the creature’s safety momentarily replaces the humour inspired by the performance. But there is no cause for concern and the pelicans quickly realise that the thing has no nutritional value, fetch it back up, and drop it on the sand. Not everybody sees the funny side of the pelicans’behaviour however, especially the one who comes home from a swim to find their beach towel occupied by one of them. However for the onlookers, this usually results in an incredibly amusing shooing away scene.