Lesvos is a Greek island located in the northeastern Aegean Sea, facing the Turkish coast (Gulf of Edremit) from the north and east.

It has an area of 1,632 km2 (630 sq mi) with 320 kilometres (almost 200 miles) of coastline, making it the third largest Greek island. Its population is approximately 90,000, a third of which lives in its capital, Mytilene, in the southeastern part of the island. The remaining population is distributed in small towns and picturesque villages, the largest of which are Kalloni, Gera Villages, Plomari, Agiassos, Eresos, and Molyvos (the ancient Mythymna).

The island's volcanic origin is manifested in several hot springs and two gulfs. The world's second largest Petrified Forest of Sequoia is located in the western part of the island. The old tower houses of Mytilene, a reminder of the prosperity of its inhabitants during the 19th and 20th century, should not be missed.


By Boat

The harbor, one of the largest of the Aegean, has daily ferry connections with Piraeus via Chios island as well as connections with Thessaloniki, Limnos and Kavala. Also small boats are operating to Ayvalik and Dikili on the Turkish coast.

By plane

The international airport of Mytilene 'Odysseus Elytis' has daily connections to Athens and Thessaloniki. There are also charter flights from several European capitals during high season.

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