The third largest of the Greek islands, Lesbos boasts some of Greece’s most stunning scenery, from forested mountains to desert plains and sprawling sandy beaches. Thanks to the island’s size, there are still plenty of undiscovered beaches and secluded resorts where you can soak up the sun away from the hustle and bustle of the towns. If you’re looking for a sunny beach holiday surrounded by culture and history then Lesbos is the perfect choice.
One of Lesbos’ most beautiful sights is located in Petra in the north of the island. Rising up from the middle of the town is a rocky outcrop on top of which sits the Panagia Glykofilousa, a beautiful ancient church that still holds services. Lesbos is a great place to learn how to dive, with plenty of calm, clear water and dive centres offering you the chance to gain official PADI qualifications.
Unsurprisingly for an island that produces half of the world’s ouzo, the aniseed spirit is the tipple of choice for most locals. The thriving bar culture means you’ll also be spoiled for choice when it comes to beers, wines and cocktails. When eating out, head for the laid back ‘taverna-style’ restaurants where you’ll find fresh, uncomplicated Greek cuisine. Favourites include salads, lamb, yoghurt and the local speciality, Graviera cheese.