About Lesbos?

Lesbos is a beautiful, tranquil and unspoilt by mass tourism island . Visitors from all over the world are enchanted by its traditional charm and hospitality. With at least 10 hours of sunshine every day of the year, Lesbos has to be the sunniest place in Europe.

It is the 7th biggest of all Mediterranean and the 3rd biggest of all Greek islands with a stretching coastline of 320 km. The island is 70 km in length, 45 km in width with a geographical mass of 1630 sq. km. Situated on the North East Aegean Sea, 180 miles from Athens and 8-10 miles from Asia Minor it is populated by about 110.000 people. Among this number there are people from all over Greece as well as 4.500 Uni students in the University of the Aegean who keep the capital Mytilini vibrant.

It is the perfect destination for any traveller who wants to experience the authentic Greek island life, without being worried if there are enough things to do. People in Lesvoshave kept tradition alive in towns and villages despite living thoroughly modern lives. The island of Lesbosis almost self sufficient. The variety of landscape, the award winning sand and pebble beaches of every size and description, the mild climate and long hours of sunshine all year round, the rich historical, cultural and spiritual perspective, make LESBOS an island of many options and all seasons.

Public Transport in Lesbos

The island has a good network of roads , as well as transport facilities - Taxis: There is an ample supply of taxis, with ranks at the airport, in Mitilini town centre (near the country bus station at the end of Odos Ermou behind the Municipal Theatre) and in towns such as Polichnitos, Kalloni, Petra , Molivos, Plomari , Agiasos, Eressos. Most other villages have at least one local taxi. & Buses:Mitilini town bus servicesoperate from Sappho Square in the middle of the waterfront and run as far as the airport & suburbs in the south and Thermi in the north. The airport bus operates approximately hourly through the day, with a mid-afternoon break. Country services are operated by KTEL Lesbos from the terminal in KTEL Square (Πλατεία ΚΤΕΛ) about ten minutes walk from the town terminal; walk south along the harbour past the municipal theatre, then right and immediately left - the terminal is on the left at the end of the street. A current timetable for the main services is posted in the window of the ticket office/waiting room; frequencies depend on time of year, day of week etc.There is also an unpublicised network of local services connecting villages off the main road with the through services, the best way to find out about these is to ask locally.

Transport to Lesvos Mytilini, the capital is a major port with two terminals : one for commercial ferries and the other for passenger & car ferries. There are sea links to Piraeus, Chios, Limnos, Kavala , Crete but also to Turkey. It also hosts a considerable number of yachts during the summer months and a new yacht marina is about to become operational in Mytilini. TheInternational Airport of Lesvos ( Odyseas Elytis ) is located 4 km south of Mytilini. There are several daily connection flights to Athens, Thessalonica all through the year and many more to other domestic destinations (Limnos, Samos, Rhodes, Iraklion ) . From April to October there are daily charter flights to and from various international destinations ( UK, Germany, Belgium, Holland , Sweden .

Healthcare in Lesbos

There is a hospital in Mytilini , with all the up-to-date facilities and qualified staff. Health centres in most of the towns in the island take care of the immediate health care needs. British and other EU nationals are officially entitled to free medical care thanks to reciprocal agreements.

Education

Public primary and secondary schools provide a high quality education to children. The University of the Aegean, an international research oriented university, embodies the concept of a 'university- network'- a network of schools and departments, dispersed over five Aegean islands: Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Rhodes and Syros. It is an inspiring, innovative, socially committed institution situated throughout the Aegean Archipelago, the ancient cradle of knowledge. The National and Capodistrian University of Athens which was founded on 3 May 1837, (it was the first University not only in the newly- established Greek State but in all the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean in general ) also will operate a Department of Palaeontology and Geology in Vrisa – Lesvos soon.

Telecommunications

There is a good network service, which is getting better with broadband services available for a large part of the island.

Costs & Safety

Low costs.

Even though the introduction of the Euro has increased the cost of living, it still remains low. The friendly and hospitable locals can teach you how to enjoy the simple things in life and reduce your stress level to zero.

Low Crime Rates in Lesbos.

Lesvos, according to statistics is one of the safest places to live with a practically zero crime rate.