Rent a car in Lesvos
Lesvos is one of the largest islands in Greece, the third largest in size and has a population of about 85,000. It is located in the northeast Aegean, close to the Turkish coast. The island also houses the University of the Aegean where there are 18 departments of various specialties. The capital of the island, Mytilene is a picturesque town, with intense architectural features and many neoclassical buildings of the 19th century. It is a big island and certainly you will need to rent a car in Lesvos from Hellas Car in order to move around comfortably.
Byzantine castle of Mytilene
The castle or otherwise the fortress of Mytilene is one of the largest in the Mediterranean, with an area of 200 acres. It is located on the hill, north of the harbor. The hill, until the early Byzantine times was an island, cut off from the land. It has gone through several phases over the centuries. It was originally built in the 5th century AD. during the time of Justinian the first, on the top of the ancient Acropolis. Its present form is mainly due to its construction during the period of Francesco I Gatiluzi. You can visit the castle for an excursion or find yourself there at a cultural event organized by the local community.
The petrified forest of Lesvos
In Mytilene it is worth visiting the Petrified Forest, as it is one of the two largest petrified forests in the world, along with that of Arizona. Located in the western part of the island, it is spread over 150 square kilometers. There you will be able to admire the fossils of tree trunks. The scenery is unique and you will be able to admire a creature of the nature. The petrified forest is the result of intense volcanic activity that occurred 20 million years ago! With the various physical and chemical processes, the fossils of the trees of that time remained. You can also visit the Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest.
Plomari is known mainly from ouzo. Ouzo is a Greek alchoholic drink. The region produces Greek traditional ouzo, and many prefer it with the accompaniment of meze. The village of Plomari has a picturesque harbor and several ouzo distilleries. It is also known for the soap production.
Monastery of Saint Raphael
It is located on the hill of Karyes near Loutropolis Thermi. It is worth visiting this beautiful monastery even if you are not a fan of the religious tourism. The monastery was built in 1960 and somebody can be accommodated in its guesthouses. In the monastery there is the tomb of Saint Raphael, as well as the tombs of Saint Nicholas and Saint Eirini.
Gastronomic delights in Lesvos
The island is famous for its ouzo alchoholic drink and olive oil. You will surely find fresh fish as well as salted fish. Well-known delicacies of the place are Kallonis sardines, anchovies, wrapped sardines in vine leaf, as well as feta and olive oil. You can explore the whole island with a cheap car hire in Lesvos.
Lesvos has several beaches for all tastes. The most popular beach is that of Skala Eressos, which is sandy and large in size. You can find more organized beaches in Polichnitos. There are the beaches of Vatera of Nidis and Skala Polichnitos. In Molyvos you will find the beautiful Tarti beach.
Mytilene Odysseas Elytis Airport (MTJ)
The airport is 8 km away. from the town of Mytilene. At the airport you will find dury free shops as well as coffee shops for the travellers. To get to and from the airport you can choose taxis or local buses. If you want freedom and independence in your travel you can make a car hire at the airport of Lesvos with Hellas Car. Our prices are the best you can find and our 20 years of experience guarantees your total satisfaction. Car hire in Mytilene, free of charge, with 24-hour road assistance. Make your reservation today and enjoy your holiday on the island!