Lesbos (Lesvos) - Greek Islands
The Greek island of Lesbos is separated from the Turkish coast by two shallow channels ranging from 6 to 14 miles (10 to 23 km) in width. Officially named Lesbos, more often called Mytilini after its principal city, the island is the third largest in Greece, famed for its olive oil. Its undulating hills are said to support 11 million olive trees, while the higher peaks are swathed in deep pine forests. Mytilene has neo-classical mansions, antique shops and a small folk art museum. Visit the bazaars of Yvalik or fortress topped village of Mythemna (formerly Molyvos) with its artists colony, jumble of old houses and tiny fishing port. Petra features a Genoese church built into the rock while Anaxos in the north has secluded coves and deep blue bays. You can also visit the villages of Kastro and Ayiassos or view the Taxiarches Monastery, Teriade Museum or Limonos Monastery. One of Greece's most fascinating ancient islands, Lesbos was already a prosperous island as early as the seventh century BC. Following the days of Roman rule, Lesbos was occupied by the Byzantines. The Turks conquered the island in 1462 and ruled for more than four centuries. The following 7 cruises call at Lesbos (Lesvos). Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.