On our first trip to Lesvos I remarked to the guy serving us at “Grande Bleu” Restaurant on Molyvos Harbour that the island was so beautiful & very untouristy. “Ah” he replied “Lesvos does not have tourists, Lesvos has friends. Perhaps you will return?” I replied that we would – & we have, several times now, & will continue to do so.
As well as Steve Dudley’s bird guide to Lesvos, he also has a website which is regularly updated year-round with details of bird sightings on the island. It is http://www.lesvosbirding.com.
Anyone planning to bird watch on foot (usually the only way to get deep among the olive groves and gorges around Molyvos) should arm themselves with one of the excellent walking books by Englishman Mike Maunder. They are published in several languages and are readily available at shops on the island.
Christine is so right that Lesvos doesn’t have tourists – just friends.
In the 19 years that we have been visiting Molyvos in spring and autumn, we have made so many lasting friends. A good half of all the emails which drop into the “in” basket nowadays are from friends in Lesvos.
One mischievous character even started sending me emails in Greek when she heard I had been studying rudimentary Greek at night school. I would spend hours laboriously translating into English and it was only after I had slaved away for months that someone just happened to mention the godsend that is Google Translate.
They are friends, too, who don’t forget you. Minutes after Greece scored the winning goal to snatch the Euro 2004 soccer title, we had pictures coming through on email of the amazing celebration scenes on Molyvos harbourside.
Sorry to hear this. Hope there is not too much damage & indeed that whoever is doing this is caught. Have been following the fires on Chios for the past week – the devastation there is horrific! Fortunately no lives lost, but livelihoods in ruins. Stay safe on Lesvos!
Luckily both were small fires and were quickly dealt with. The fires on Chios are a chilling example of how things can rapidly get very bad. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for early rain to dampen the tinderbox down.
Have visited Lesvos 7 times and still find everything magical, dont know what it is but it has a hold on you. Next year is a bumper year as we have two holidays booked.
What a superb web page this is, we loved Kremasti Bridge & look forward to re-visiting .
Nice article Frank.
We discovered this aqueduct section some years ago by driving (out of curiosity) part way down the dirt road then walking the rest of the way. The walk from Karini is on our (long) list of things to do, but now feel spurred on to move it up near the top of page one. Thanks for the reminder. Great pictures!
This is devastating indeed. I had just been writing a short piece about Ambeliko when I found out about this awful devastation. It is such a beautiful village, at the heart of the island. It does seem as though no-one was hurt but hearts will be as broken as the streets & houses. Nature can be cruel. My thoughts are with the people of Lesvos.
I have that e-guide downloaded to my smartphone – the numbered descriptions apparently are backed up by information boards (with the relevant number reference) at the various locations described. I only discovered this guide since my last visit to the island so am looking forward to exploring many of the places mentioned. I don’t think I will ever run out of new places to see on the island!
I found the following English guide very informative – it is about 3 years old now, but not much information changes apart from maybe opening hours etc
Lots of great photographs to whet your appetite.
Santa brought me an early pressie – flights to Lesvos booked many months ago!
A big thank you to Robin for setting up this site – which is going to be a valuable guide to the island. Really good to have something that combines tourism opportunities with local news – all helps to emphasise Lesvos as a workaday and welcoming island, not just a seasonal holiday resort!
Happy New Year to all concerned and hope to see it developing in 2013.
do you have to be naughty to sit in the SINSHINE.? rofl
Yes, thank you Lefteris you have to be very naughty (or a bad typist). Now I’m going to have to leave the typo in! Doh.
And on a serious note happy new year Robin and Carol keep up the good work its always nice to read news from paradise
I found a link to a newer edition of the guide I linked earlier – the 2010 one, but it appears only to be in Greek. A very good reason to get back to some language learning!
Good news that Rob. Its such a shame to let fantastic buildings like this go to ruin, it was always a dream of mine if i won a lottery i would purchase it and restore it
Good news indeed. It’s such a wonderful location would love to see it sympathetically restored and put to some good use. When we were there in 2011 there were a team of people clearing the grounds and strimming the overgrown grass etc at the front so it did look as though something was afoot. If you win the lottery lefteris I’ll help you restore it!! Do keep us posted Rob if you hear anything.
I am so pleased to read on the Ambeliko village website that repair work is in progress, thanks in no small way to some generous donations from communities in Australia who have links with Ambeliko. It is heart-warming to know that the world cares for this tiny part of Greece. Perhaps there will be some local opportunity for visitors this year to make donations, however modest, to the continuing work to get life back to normality and repair the damages.
I have recently had some exchanges with the village priest in Ambeliko and he assures me the Museum will be open when we visit in mid-May, so hopefully I will be able to write an updated report. The village infrastructure is being repaired thanks to some generous monetary donations from associates in Australia.
Looking forward to visiting this museum – located in one of our favourite villages on Lesvos. In summer there is also a local winery which you can tour so this makes a really good day out.
This is a really interesting place to visit – and great fun for children as they have a model of a prehistoric tortoise the size of a VW Beetle car and usually some real tortoises wandering about eager for snacks!
I would love to help out .
Your help would be great. I will send an email to find out how best to achieve this.
NICE pictures and report on the Independence Day celebrations, Robin.
Re your reference to the fact that it is the day swallows are supposed to return, I think the swallows got their timing slightly out this year. The first barn swallows – not the red rumped variety that are often seen around the olive groves of Molyvos – have been around for a couple of weeks.
Pantelis Thomaidis posted his first photos of swallows in the island more than a week ago on the Lesvos Birders section of Facebook.
Thank you Frank. The first barn swallows arrived at our house this morning. We have really missed their chatter and it was wonderful to sit in the sunshine this morning watching the aerial acrobatics.
There is an excellent BBC documentary about Aristotle’s Lagoon, which can now be seen in full on YouTube.
Thanks Christine, I have already linked to this in the main article.
Nice one Frank,will see you again,in Molivos,or next seat on the plane home
Grrrrrr. Got back from Molyvos last week. Would have loved to get a copy. Any idea if I can get a copy by post or when the pdf will be available?
I don’t think post is possible but I will email you as soon as the pdf appears.
You can view on line at
I am coming to lesbos (Petra) 2014 ,how do I find out which films are being shown?
Bookmark this page and come back here before your visit. We are hoping to have a page with the weekly programme listed.
You can also follow the link below to their Facebook page.
Marvellous news about these additional flights … Lesbos needs the tourists back & it’s a beautiful island to visit !
Great news! Lesvos is such a beautiful island and deserves more visitors. I really miss Molyvos, and can’t wait to go back.
you can always visit http://www.lesvoscalendars.eu and buy a 2014 calendar of Molyvos or Lesvos to keep you going…
were all wishing the increased flights into lesvos will boost tourism but is the island really about packing as many flights as you can having been a frequent visitor for 20 plus years the pull of the island is the get away from tourist based corfus rhodes mykonos and the rest of the rat race all though one or two more aircraft wont make a difference with the island being so vast i still feel a fine line could be broken if the increase in traffic was to expand to much if you want to see real greece lesvos is a prime example of one of the very few still about to much air traffic could eventually kill this beautiful island off
Can you tell me the price for children
Children under 5 ride for free.
Children under 12 ride at half price.
we loved the train. we loved the singing and dancing train driver ( who cares if he doesn’t speak a word of English) and we loved Ana – what a lovely smiling welcoming girl. we were there for one week and went on it twice from molyvos to annaxos.
we want to comment on trip advisor but cant find you
I shall visit Lesvos in September and I already like it.
we have been visiting the museums many times and we want to go there again in our next holiday in September 2014. Unfortunately last year it was closed for renovation. Now my question – is it still closed this year or can we visit it in September? I would be very pleased to get an answer from you. Many thanks!
The museum website says that it remains closed. I have tried to telephone, there is no answer and they do not respond to emails. So I can’t even tell you when it is planned to reopen.
brilliant stories and information Robin
Thank you Sheila.
I too love Lesvos and particularly Anaxos which is truly unspoilt Greece at it’s best. However, on booking to return this July was very disappointed to find that Monarch are no longer flying to Lesvos. Flight from Manchester is now with Thomas Cook at 13:50, it was always 6:00 with Monarch, meaning a late arrival with a long transfer. this will not prevent me holidaying each year in Lesvos but getting to resort so late at night is not ideal.
You could look at flights from Birmingham. It is currently scheduled to leave at 05:10. Prices are also cheaper than Manchester (at the moment).
I too have just built a home in Molyvos and look forward one day on retiring there. It would be good to catch up for an ouzo in August 2015 to hear all about your adventures .
Enjoy Molyvos and hope to bumb into you one day.
We look forward to that Nicholas. Send us an email before you travel and we can arrange something.
Is it the back end of a donkey?
It’s a lot smaller than a donkey.
Did I mention that it can fly?
We spent already since 10 years about one month per year at the place where we lost our hart : MOLYVOS
How wonderful to have access to information like this ! When we first visited Lesvos in the eighties we tried several times to find the mysterious ” Sanctuary of Klopedi” exploring the area by jeep in vain ! We look forward to a more successful attempt armed with this information . Thank you Robin !
We have been traveling to Lesvos for many years, but only using package holidays.
Due back this September for three weeks, this will be our last package type holiday to this destination. As we live in the U.K. and our Thomas Cook company have taken the Manchester flight off their schedule, we will be looking at using Aegean airways. Hopefully they will be flying from Birmingham, and Manchester U.K. we can then continue to return to Lesvos, ( our favourite island ) If anyone knows when Aegean post their 2017 schedules, it would be a help for us to know. Thank you. Judith.
Aegean Airlines usually release the summer schedule in September, it is best if you check once a week around that time. I would also suggest you sign up for their news letter so that you see their special offers.
will it be direct flight?
Aegean flights are via Athens, checked baggage goes straight through. Athens airport has some nice shops too, a great opportunity to pick up some duty free.
Revisited Lesbos last May with friends, after 16 years. Still as beautiful. So good I returned on my own in September. Won’t leave it so long next time!
Send me timetable for 2017
The Summer 2017 schedule will be published in September. Check the Aegean Airlines website and sign up for their newsletter
Does anybody know how much it is per case?
Follow this link for prices Aegean Add Baggage
Looking forward to the 2017 timetable.
still it has to be the last choise we need to keep the charter fights coming
I agree that the charter flights are needed, but for me, Aegean Airlines are the first and only choice. Lesvos needs all the support it can get.
Got many friends including ourselves who are disappointed that Thomas Cook are not going to be flying from Manchester to Lesvos after 2016. We hope that Aegean airways will be carrying out this service
I am interested in the 2017 calendar please.
Click on the link below to go to the Aegean Airlines web site. Add your departure airport in the ‘From’ box and MJT (the code for Mytilene) in the ‘To’ box. Click on ‘Search’ and you will get the lowest avaialable prices for that route.
The code for Manchester is MAN, for Birmingham it is BHX and for Heathrow enter LON and select “London (all Airports)”
I would like to be informed of lowest prices between Manchester and Mytiline for summer 2017
The Aegean summer 2017 schedule has not been released yet. It should be available soon.
You can check for the lowest prices at https://en.aegeanair.com/plan/low-fare-calendar/
Which year is ‘this year’ for chestnut festival on Sunday 11th November, Robin? This year 2016, 11th Nov is a Friday !
The post is from 2012!
It’s too early to know exactly when the festival will be held, as it rather depends on the chestnuts being ready.
I will put up a post to let people know as soon as have a confirmed date.
My daughter is currently holidaying with me in Lesbos, on a one way ticket, however trying to return back to Manchester is pretty expensive unless she travels on 30 Septembr.
Any suggestions of a cheaper alternative Lesbos to Manchester in the next week or so…?
The only options I know of are:
Aegean Airlines booked through to Manchester via Athens
Thomas Cook direct flight.
Lowest cost carrier to Athens then use Easyjet.
Sadly all of those look expensive over the next two weeks.
I will email you directly if I think of anything else.
It is now september the 26th 2016. Any news about the date?
Sorry Osman but I have heard no news yet. The exact date is set once the harvest can be better judged.
Normally it is either the first or second weekend in November.
I will post dates as soon as I have them.
The date of the 2016 Festival is Sunday 13 November.
It is unbelievable how many bad stories are still around in the Media.
Nourished by crazy people they just want to collect still money!!!
And I am also very surprised about the Journalist`s that they consult and believe sometimes just one person.
What kind of Investigation???
I feel so sorry about this unfair treatment to the people from Lesbos.
Excellent news if it means more flights available from more airports and quicker checking in and out – hopefully look forward to seeing new building in the future as love the island
The plans for the new Airport look good, will I am sure bring more tourists to an amazing island.
I have emailed the Times and complained. A shame I did not see this at the time as I would have sent a complaint then.
Do YOUR research before you believe anything that’s posted. It sure does still exist . Had a friend who went there this week. I’m much more likely to believe the times than some random post with a video with multiple shots that’s edited anyway.
I’m not sure what you are trying to say, Mel.
The Times printed a retraction and apologised one week after the article was published.
Since the winter of 2015, there have been no “piles of discarded lifejackets on Lesbos shores“. I know this because this is my home and I walk almost daily.
If you go looking, there is a very big pile of lifejackets at the council rubbish tip. I can only guess that this is what your friend saw. These are not on the shores, they were not on the shores when The Times published the misleading article. I know because I was one of the army of local citizens that cleared them all up in the winter of 2015/16.
Τhank you for this Robin . Will be so useful next week when we arrive . Ann and Peter
We made a return visit today just over a year since we found this wonderful place . Stratos the archaeological custodian remembered us and shared information about the site with us . A gentle kind man, knowledgable about this site and others nearby, pleased that we were interested , and ready to provide support to our friend now in her eighties, as we walked about the excavation . The photographs and information on display were highly informative . Klopedi is a very special place .
Yes. indeed, an exceptionally informative, welcoming, and supportive educational visit thanks to Stratos the very informed custodian archaeologist and also to the thoughtful and informed knowledges of both Ann and Peter Fitton. A splendid experience, illuminating for my particular literary research interests as well as for wider subjects.
Just travelled there.
Thank you for the coordinates
They were spot on!
For anyone else traveling
I do recommend a 4×4 for a more piece of mind .
Absolute heaven and there is a gorgeous church in Kampos also.
Thanks! I have seen the sign on the roadside and tried to find the aqueduct, but failed to follow the dirt road far enough. Next time I’ll know where to find this. 🙂
Going to the Theophilos Museum was a highlight of my trip to Mitilini. I purchased three prints and in retrospect wish I had bought all that were available. I love his work.
This is a GEM!
The people at the museum have very warm hearts!
The museum lies in a bend near the road, the museum itself and the house with its beautiful location is AWESOME!!
PLEASE VISIT !!
Thank you for the comment. Which museum are you referring to?
2/11 Today I went to the hot springs at 10 clock. They were not open, do you know why?
Eftalou Springs is a low key and locally run place, so opening times may very. We found it to be open in the summer. My guess is that, as for many places across the Mediterranean area, the place is closed from October to April.
Thank you for sharing your article the content was great and informative, keep on sharing
That was a really helpful post. Thanks!
Only just found this video Robin, it really does give you that fluttering in the chest feeling !
Don’t know if it has been posted on TA or not, but it would be good to show new converts what a great website you have.
Please feel free to put a link on an appropriate TA topic. We also feel those butterflies no matter how many times we watch the video or round the headland to the view of Molyvos castle.
I live in Los Angeles Ca. my parents were from Lesvos .I love the island of Lesvos every time I visit Greece I visit also my parents birth place .
It is ashamed to have a beautiful building in Thermi staying with the doors locked waiting to be remodeled and open its doors for many people and tourists from all over the world.
I tried to get in touch with Mrs Kalogirou but she avoids any communications.
I visited the island and her office I left several messages to be contacted but I understand her time is valuable as mine!!!!
Greetings! Does the mini-train operate between Molyvos and Anaxos? We heard that there were still some road constructions that prevented trips to Anaxos where we will be staying, between 24.6. and 2.7.
The train no longer runs to Anaxos but this is nothing to do with the bridge reconstruction currently in progress.
There is a local bus that runs from Anaxos to Eftalou. Read more here http://bit.ly/2MCut4S
Hi there can u update the movie list for the current week please
Holidaying In Petra want to take the kids to your cinema
Which film will be at 19th july?
Thank you Robin.
PLEASE play the movie “MAMMA MIA” in the time between 12. and 24. of august!!!! it would be sooo great watch this movie in this wonderful location!!!
we are really looking forward to come again to molivos!!!
alexandra and ilias
Hi Alexandra and Ilias,
We only show the movie schedule we don’t run the cinema. You can leave a message on the cinema Facebook page, the address is https://www.facebook.com/OpenairCinemaMolyvos/
Do you have a shuttle service from the airport to Molyvos?
There is not a direct connection from the airport to Molyvos. You would need to catch the local bus into Mytilene and then get to the bus depot. Sadly the local bus does not go to the main bus depot. You would then get the bus to Molyvos.
You can see the timetable on the bus company website here http://bit.ly/2NFdlLk
It is much simpler, although more expensive to get a taxi!
Sounds wonderful Robin : very Autumnal. We’ve visited Agiasos in the summertime over the years and always enjoy watching the woodworkers carving those intricate patterns . The ceramics are special too . The village is surrounded by lovely countryside and we enjoyed climbing up to the nearby Castelli . One day we will be there for the chestnut festival ! Thanks for this very informative site .
I am planning a trip to Lesvos next week and I am much more likely to believe a local rather than a newspaper who’s goal is sell sensational stories….
Birdwatching is a hobby of mine too, I’ve never been to Lesvos, maybe one of these days I can travel there and see some of the birds, I think you have some birds there that I haven’t seen before. Thanks for introducing some places to go to!
I’ll be on Lesvos October 2019 and am staying in Agiasos for 4 days then head to Molyvos for 4 days then a final 2 days in Mytilene.
I’ve been planning on Lesvos for a number of years but finally got a great price for a flight from Athens to Mytilene then booked with Airbnb for Agiasos. Still looking for a good place in or near Molyvos.
Have consider the Alkaios Rooms or Porto Lesvos in Mytilene.
I’ve done lots of research on the island so have a good idea of what I’m doing.
In addition my grandparents immigrated from Lesvos in the early 1900s. One is from the village of Filia which I’ll head to and try to find any relatives. The other one’s village is still a work in progress.
Can’t wait for Oct. 2019!
Molyvos is pure beauty, a gem, a place of peace and relaxation where you will make friends that will last a lifetime. As you stroll through the cobblestone streets, you will hear distance bells of sheep the occasional rooster and smells of freshly baked bread — swallows diving throughout the sky and sounds of the Mediterranean kissing the rocky shore beaches. Since age 7, I have been returning every 7 to 10 years and now at 40, it is remarkable how many memories return.
If you go, make sure to stop by Molly’s bar. Impossible to miss, it is right before you get to the Molyvos harbour, stop in for a drink, and you will meet lasting friend with stories of the village.
One of the most exciting excavations in Lesbos. A must to visit. The custodian archaeologist, Stratos, made a great guiding tour. Efaristo para poli. Kai tou xrono. i.e. 1920.
I recently took a 10 day trip to Lesvos to the village where my grandparents immigrated from. It was a wonderful and moving experience to meet relatives I never knew existed and found I had more relatives than I could have imagined. There were many hugs, kisses and handshakes. I learned more about my grandparents and had a rough family tree drawn for me. It took me many years to find my roots and discovered they run deep.
In addition the island of Lesvos is truly lovely with something for everyone. I drove all over the island, went to villages, beaches, mountains, historical and archeological sites and saw why so many people find Lesvos to be one of Greece’s best island.
If that’s not good enough I just happen to “run” into Rob and Carol while visiting the pretty village of Lafionas. What a surprise to meet them after so many times “talking” to them on travel forums.
Rob and Carol are great people and are very fortunate to live on Lesvos . . . a dream for many of us.
Lesvos is worth going to and should be considered as something that the “Big Name” islands can’t give you . . . traditional Greece!
I never knew that’s how olive oil was produced! This information is really helpful.
I hope this promise is kept for the sake of all!
We are all hoping that there can be an end to the misery that this crisis has caused.
We will stay in ‘Meraki time to smile’ this summer (Mithymna 811 08), can you tell us if we can take a bus there to Molyvos and how long it will take? And where will the bus stop, not in the centre? There’s no bus to the port or castle right? And until what time will the bus return?
Thanks for answering in advance. Greeting, Denise
The bus passes the path to the Meraki. It takes a couple of minutes to get to the stop in Molyvos, which is opposite the open-air cinema. There is no bus to the castle but the village train does. There is no bus to the port, you will need to take a taxi if you don’t want to walk (it is a very nice walk). The bus timetable can be seen above. We will post a new timetable as soon as it is published.
The Meraki is close to our house, 1km from the village entrance. We normally walk into the village, it helps build the appetite. The closest taverna is the Alonia, which is at the entrance to the village.
Is there a bus stop near de Golden Beach in Eftalou, is the bus stopping by request?
The bus stops outside the Eftalou Taverna which is about 500 metres from Golden Beach.
Where do I find the bus stop in Anaxos?
There is a stop at the entrance to the village (nearest Skoutaros) there is also one near Christina’s Garden.
Do you know the timetable from Anaxos to Petra v.v. from 20th till the 27th of September?
The local bus has stopped running until next year.
When will the bus service between Anaxos and Molyvos start for 2022
Hope to be there in May
The bus company gives us little notice when the local bus service starts. some years, the first we know is when it drives past our house. So I can’t help you with information for 2022.
In previous years it has started between mid-May and mid-June. It depends on visitor numbers.
Is there a bus to the Monastery of Saint Raphael?
We should land on the island around 15:45, on a Friday.
I’m sorry to say but there is no bus that goes all the way there and the timing is all wrong. If you want to try at another time, you would need to take the bus that goes from Mytilene to Mantamados and get off at Thermi beach. You would then need to take a taxi. The bus timetable is here https://www.ktel-lesvou.gr/index.php?option=dromologia&new_lang=en
My personal suggestion would be to hire a car. The roads are good and not at all busy.
Hi there. Has the bus started up again yet please from anacos to molyvos? Thank you.
As of 22 May, the bus is not running.
A couple of questions please.
Is there a bus from the airport to sapfo square Mitilini ?
Is there a bus from Mitilini to Skala Kallonis or is the bus just to Kalloni?
Yes, there is a bus from the airport to Sappho Square. There is no bus to Skala Kalloni. You would need to get a taxi for the last part of the journey.
I would also add that there are only 3 buses a day. The last bus leaves Mytilene at 13:00.
Thank you so much for that.
Can you confrim that the bus from Mytilene goes to Skala Kallonis, not just to Skala.
The bus from Mytilene goes to Kalloni. Skala Kalloni is the holiday resort. You will need to get a taxi from Kalloni to Skala Kalloni.
Are you open. I heard its open but it is not clean. Can you give us the status of the situation at this hot springs.
We don’t operate the springs.
The springs are ‘officially’ closed. However, the gate into the public bath is normally unlocked and volunteers are doing their best to keep it clean. If you do visit, please give the volunteers a little help by having a tidy-up before you leave.