If there is a Greek island for every taste, then Lesbos is for the art-loving, alternative crowd. The home of the ancient Greek poet Sappho, the Nobel prize poet Elytis and the renowned folk painter Theophilos; the island has a good reason to be proud of its cultural heritage. Lesbos casts a spell on its visitors, making them want to come back again and again. Here, The Culture Trip lists the 10 things to see and do on this captivating island. Built upon the ruins of the ancient city of Mithimna, this well preserved Byzantine castle offers spectacular views of the island and is a popular romantic spot during sunset.
The lovely villages of Lesbos or Lesvos dot the diverse landscape of the island. The town is built on a hill and topped by a medieval castle. Once you stir up an appetite, head to the harbor of Molyvos where small fishing boats dock in front of a promenade lined with terrific ouzeries and cafes. Famous for its seafood and ouzo. There is much to see. Ermou street is lined with mostly mom and pop shops, the shopping district of the island. Stop and admire the colors of Ermou streets historic buildings.
The island is largely volcanic in the west, and numerous thermal springs indicate the unstable subterranean structure that has caused severe earthquakes throughout history. The major population centre is around Mytilene on the southeast coast. Activities long attributed if not proven to Sappho and her circle gave the name of her island to female homosexuality , lesbianism. The island prospered after Pittacus c.
Its capital is Mytilene , and the island as a whole was formerly often called Mytilene. Lesbos is also the name of a regional unit of the North Aegean region, within which Lesbos island is one of five governing islands. The others are Chios , Ikaria , Lemnos , and Samos. The capital of the North Aegean Region is Mytilene.