Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Mytilini Town

Teriade Museum

Varia, 4km south of Mytilini, is the unlikely home of the Teriade Museum and its astonishing collection of paintings by artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Miro, Le Corbusier and Matisse. The museum honours the Lesvos…
Monastery in Northern Lesvos

Moni Taxiarhon

Around 36km north of Mytilini Town, near Mantamados village, stands one of Lesvos’ most important pilgrimage sites. An axis of Orthodoxy, myth and militarism, the grand 17th-century Moni Taxiarhon says much about th…
Castle in Molyvos

Byzantine-Genoese Castle

This handsome 14th-century castle stands guard above Molyvos. A steep climb is repaid by sweeping views over the town and sea – even across to Turkey, shimmering on the horizon. In summer the castle hosts several fe…
Museum in Western Lesvos

Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest

This fascinating state-of-the-art museum chronicles what a volcano can do on a moment's notice – in this case 20 million years ago. Well-signed exhibits and – crucially – the museum's own patch of the pertrified for…
Nature Reserve in Western Lesvos

Lesvos Petrified Forest

About 4km beyond Moni Ypsilou, a signposted left-hand road leads to the Lesvos Petrified Forest, a fascinating and rare monument of geological heritage. Its creation 20 million years ago is connected with the intens…
Church in Southern Lesvos

Church of the Panagia Vrefokratousa

A pilgrimage site of national importance, this elegant walled-off church contains a namesake depicting the Virgin, which is believed to make miracles. Indeed, the recovery of a Turkish governor in 1701, attributed t…
Monastery in Western Lesvos

Moni Ypsilou

About 9km west of Andissa, the Byzantine Moni Ypsilou stands atop a solitary peak surrounded by volcanic plains. Founded in the 8th century, this storied place includes a flowering arched courtyard and a small but s…
Museum in Mytilini Town

Theophilos Museum

This humble structure contains 86 paintings by the primitive painter Theophilos, who remains a folk hero among Greek literati. During his life he barely scratched out an existence, moving frequently and painting cof…
Museum in Southern Lesvos

Varvagianni Ouzo Museum

Plomari is ouzo central for Greece. This museum, where the family has made ouzo for five generations, gives you the chance to tour its copper distillery and compare different ouzo tastes. When sampling ouzo, look fo…
Fortress in Mytilini Town

Fortress

Mytilini’s imposing early Byzantine fortress was renovated in the 14th century by Genoese overlord Francisco Gatelouzo, and then the Turks enlarged it again. Flanked by pine trees, it’s popular for a stroll, with gr…