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Caves of Lesvos

The island has some 200 caves and at least ten unexplored karst sinkholes, locally known as fousses. There are indications that many of these were inhabited in Neolithic times and are still used as places of worship.
Some of the best known caves are at:

  • Magara at Alyfanta, 120 meters long.
  • Agios Ioannis or Fousa at Mychou, 90 meters long.
  • Patsona or Kokkini Arachni [Red Spider], behind the DEH power plant, 45 meters long.
  • Agios Vartholomaios at Taxiarches (Kayiani), 60 meters long.
  • Glastra or Spilio at Agiassos, 45 meters long.
  • Agios Isidoros in the Municipality of Plomari, 40 meters long.
  • Agia Paraskevi.

 
The Island’s Beaches
Whether you prefer sand, pebbles, vegetation or rocks, Lesvos is blessed with many superb beaches with cold blue waters and striking landscapes, offering a wide choice of quiet or fun-packed holidays.
The organized beaches have the facilities for all-day fun. Those beaches that attract fewer people will appeal to holiday-makers seeking tranquility but not solitude or isolation. And for those demanding purists, Lesvos has alternatives that offer a total primal encounter with untouched nature. You’ll discover even more small or large beaches if you explore the coastline by boat or on foot. There is always some private spot to be found by the water, especially if you like swimming off rocks.
 
The Island’s Fountains
Throughout the island you’ll encounter public water founts with carved inscriptions and decoration, which were built during the Ottoman Occupation. They provide the perfect spot to rest and wet your whistle.

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Areas of archaeological interest

he celebrated Ancient Theatre is situated on the northern hill of the city in a pine-wooded area opposite the fortress, near the old refugee quarter. It was built in Hellenistic times and restored by the Romans.

he celebrated Ancient Theatre is situated on the northern hill of the city in a pine-wooded area opposite the fortress, near the old refugee quarter. It was built in Hellenistic times and restored by the Romans.

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Museums

The Archeological Museum is housed in two buildings. The old building is a former mansion and estate. With its lavish carved decoration, the building on its own is characteristic of the early 20th century eclectic architecture in the city.

The Archeological Museum is housed in two buildings. The old building is a former mansion and estate. With its lavish carved decoration, the building on its own is characteristic of the early 20th century eclectic architecture in the city.

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Monasteries

Founded in 1963, the convent was built on the site of a Byzantine monastery that was destroyed by Ottoman soldiers in 1463. It is especially renowned and receives thousands of pilgrims who come to the island solely to visit it and seek the blessing of the Saints.

Founded in 1963, the convent was built on the site of a Byzantine monastery that was destroyed by Ottoman soldiers in 1463. It is especially renowned and receives thousands of pilgrims who come to the island solely to visit it and seek the blessing of the Saints.