Lesvos, is the third largest in Greece and one of its most diverse, beautiful, and historically fascinating, but also, away from a few resorts in the north and west, it is one of the least touched by mass tourism. In spite of this, it is easy to get here: there are direct charter flights from many European countries from mid-April to October, and several scheduled flights a day from Athens throughout the year.
With fewer than 90,000 inhabitants, 30% of whom live in the capital, Mytilene, Lesvos is an island of small traditional villages, many now almost deserted, in contrasting surroundings of dense pine and chestnut forests, olive groves – there are reputed to be over eleven million olive trees here, heathland, rugged mountain ranges in the north and south with peaks reaching almost 1000m, and in the volcanic west an almost lunar landscape of stark multi-coloured rock formations. Two deep gulfs cut into the south coast, extending the coastline with a multitude of small, almost deserted sandy beaches.
Lying in the north-east Aegean, a few kilometres off the coast of Turkey, the island is full of reminders of its chequered past. It was first settled in the bronze age; according to Homer Achilles and his army used it as a staging post on their way to the Trojan wars, and you can find the remains of ancient temples, Roman mansions and aqueducts, early Christian basilicas, Byzantine castles, hammams and mosques from the long period of Ottoman rule, and water-mills and grand merchants’ houses from the prosperous nineteenth century. It was the birthplace of Sappho, the greatest female poet of the Classical age, but even before her in legend the head of the slain Orpheus washed ashore here together with his lyre, and founded the tradition, which has continued to this day, of Lesvos as a centre of music and the arts.
Find out for yourself! Come to Lesvos and join Pandora on an unforgettable journey of discovery!
Pandora Travel invites you to come on an adventure by jeep through the varied nature and history of Lesvos. We will take you, with an experienced English, Dutch and Greek-speaking guide, on exciting off-road tours along dirt roads and forest tracks. You will visit otherwise inaccessible places, see at close hand the beautiful orchids and other wild flowers which grow in profusion here, experience spectacular views denied to most visitors, eat in traditional local tavernas, swim from deserted beaches, and sleep in unique accommodation in the peaceful heart of the countryside. Our tours cover almost the whole island: each one is a completely different experience, in a different landscape with a different atmosphere – even the local dialects and cuisines are different! Choose a one- or two-day tour from our program, combine two or more over several days, or let us design a tour especially for you. Two days, three, five…or more: if you would like it, we can do it! Just contact us for a tailor-made 4×4 holiday of a lifetime.
— An article by Pandora Travel. Feel free to contact the organizers at: +30 22520 42080 / +30 6986 729 992, or through their contact data below.