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Sappho, the ancient poet, was born on Lesvos. Traditional settlements are scattered all over the island. Plomari is famous for producing the best and strongest ouzo. Taste a glass of ouzo with superb sardines from Kaloni as a meze or snack. Kaloni is the bird-watching capital of Europe and is also rich in wild flowers. Visit the thermal spas at Thermi, Efthalou and Yera and stroll along unspoiled, golden beaches.


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Lesvos is the third-largest island in Greece, after Crete and Euboea, with an area of 1,630 km2, and 90,000 inhabitants. It is a few miles off the northwestern coast of Turkey and not far from the entrance to the Gulf of Adramytios, north of Chios. It belongs to the Prefecture of Lesvos, which also includes Lemnos and Agios Eustratios. Among its most famous products are ouzo and olive oil.
In prehistoric times, it was named Lasia, for its rich forest vegetation. It has also been called Imerti (delicious), Pelasgia, Aiolida and Makaria. The name Lesvos was taken from the mythical hero Lesvos who arrived here with the Lapiths from Thessaly and married Methymna, daughter of its founder, Makaras. In the prehistoric years, it was a significant cultural centre in the northeastern Aegean, and flourished financially, commercially and intellectually in antiquity (7th-6th cent. BC).
The offering of Lesvos to arts and letters has been inestimable. Outstanding personalities were born here such as Arion, Terpandos, Theophrastus, Pittakos, Mytilenaios, Theophilos, Ilias Venezis, Stratis Myrivilis, Argyris Eftaliotis (Kleanthis Michaelides), G. Iakovidis and the artist Str. Eleutheriadis; also descended from Lesvos was Nobel-prize-winning poet Odysseus Elytis.

Source: www.visit-mytilene.gr