Greek Island holiday destinations offer literally a huge selection of resorts ranging from those providing all the facilities of mass tourism to remote places with little higher than a few village rooms. Islands also range in dimensions from ones that can be walked around in several hours to ones which have many major towns and a huge selection of villages all women trips.
Lesbos (also spelt Lesvos) is the next largest Greek island and has almost 200 miles of coastline to supply beach-loving holidaymakers. It is situated in the north-eastern area of the Aegean, only a few miles from the Turkish coast and twelve hours by ferry trip from Athens. Fortunately the ferry trip is unnecessary because Lesbos has its own international airport.
None of the break resorts on Lesbos can be described to be “spoilt by mass tourism” but typically the most popular are served by package holiday companies. Of those, Molyvos might be typically the most popular but even there, it is possible to enjoy a laid-back, away-from-it-all vacation.
The complete island abounds in natural beauty and its spectacular, indented coastline is made up of numerous sand and pebble beaches interspaced with many secluded coves. The island’s interior is filled with olive groves that produce a few of the world’s finest olive oil. You will find even bottles of top “Italian” extra virgin olive oil which are produced from olives grown in Lesbos!
Where the olive groves end, beautiful forests of Mediterranean pine begin and on the western side of the island, you can also find the world’s second largest petrified forest.
Like many Greek islands, Lesbos is extremely mountainous. Its two major peaks, Lepetymnos and Olympus are over 3100 feet high and dominate the centre of the island. Because of the volcanic origin of Lesbos, several hot springs can be on the island.
The term, Lesbian originates from Lesbos. This is because it had been the birthplace of Sappho, the ancient Greek poetess. Her poems contained expressions of homosexual love. Sappho is considered to have already been born and lived in Eresos. This tiny town is a mile or so inland from the break resort of Scala Eressos. Although, relaxing and laid back, Scala Eressos includes a certain vibrant quality and caters for a wide range of visitors. These generally include many gay women who wish to take pleasure from women-only holidays or attend the annual Women’s Festival.
As well as an excellent selection of bars and tavernas, Scala includes a wonderful sandy beach, part of that will be designated as a tolerated naturist area.
The streets of the resort are closed to traffic so you do not need to worry about the trail safety of one’s children. Where in actuality the village street ends, some cafes and tavernas have been built across the beach by extending them out onto the sand. When you yourself have kids, you are able to sit in one single for a glass or two whilst the children play in the ocean, still safely in sight.
The beach and village are framed in a lovely setting of a natural, fertile valley between arid mountains. A pretty lagoon at the back of the beach is your home to terrapins, frogs and seabirds. Children love this area and in many cases are so interested in the terrapins that it’s difficult to persuade them to leave. In the country side round the resort tortoises can often be observed plodding their way along stony scrubland. But the absolute most fascinating wildlife of is just about the resident pelicans. These could often be observed waddling across the tavernas in the hope of some free fish. The two birds are becoming so tame that they get as much as tricks on the beach too, snatching tubes of suntan lotion as well as books from shocked sunbathers. Sometimes the pelicans will throw the things playfully in to the air and then catch them. When an item as big as book drops into the bird’s huge gullet, fear for the creature’s safety momentarily replaces the humour inspired by the performance. But there is no cause for concern and the pelicans quickly realise that the item doesn’t have nutritional value, fetch it back up, and drop it on the sand. Not everyone sees the funny side of the pelicans’behaviour however, especially the person who returns from the swim to locate their beach towel occupied by among them. However for the onlookers, this usually results in an exceptionally amusing shooing away scene.