Lesvos / Lesbos

Lesvos is the third largest island of the Greek archipelago and is often referred to as the Emerald Isle. In Greece, only Crete and Evia are larger. In fact, Lesvos is also the Mediterranean's eighth largest island.

It is very famous for its incredible natural and perfect for magical adventures and tours, and has probably the most accessible hiking trails across the Aegean Sea.

Even animal life is rich and varied, not least, the island is known for its many bird species which enables birders from all over the world travel to Lesvos.

Tourism is not the biggest industry on the island, which  gives us a lot of room to discover great non explored sites.

The food is often locally produced and the island is also largely self-sufficient. Many commodities have made Lesvos known. Olive oil, feta cheese, local cheese and sardines, to name a few. We must also not forget to taste the ouzo which comes from  the island.

 

Facts

  • Lesvos has 90,000 innhabitants and is the capital of Mytilene, (32 000 inhab.).
  • The highest mountain is Lepetymnos and Olympos, (968 m).
  • 320 kilometers long coastline
  • Around 70 towns and villages.
  • 110 Churches, temples and monasteries.
  • The surface of the island is 5.5% city and villages, 20.6% is forest, 36.2% is meadow and grassland and 37.7% are agricultural areas
  • Approximately 11 million olive trees, and 71 olive press factories, old and new. (Many are not in use anymore but remains as a part of the story).
  • 304 vertebrates (fish not counting) and a wide range of invertebrates. Not all animals listed yet.
  • Less than 850 species of plants (trees, flowers, grass, etc.). 24 of them are indigenous and local species from Lesvos, Northeastern Aegean and Asia minor.
  • The second largest petrified forests in the world. (Created by lava from volcanic eruptions)..
  •  Currency: Euro

Sources: Wikipedia and www.lesvosinsider.gr

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