Other islands to visit


The nearest island to be combined with Lesvos is Chios. Chios is on the sea route to Athens and therefore there is a daily ferry connection. To get a good idea of the island you need 2-4 days to stay there.

Chios is famous for some unique medieval villages from Venetian times and a Byzantine monastery with extraordinary mosaics from the 11th c. Since we got the quick ferry connection it is now possible to visit all these places in a one-day trip and come back again.

Coming to Lesvos with the Ferry from Pireaus you can easily visit Syros and Mykonos. Ferry boat “Nisos Chios” with Hellenic Seaways.

Coming to Lesvos with the Ferry from Thessalonica you can easily visit Lemnos. If not it is easier to visit Chios and then Samos. Samos and Lesvos have nicer landscape than Chios or Lemnos. The best beaches are in Lemnos and Samos.

The disadvantages of Samos are two: First it is much more touristy than the other 3 islands (overcrowded in some parts) and second its villages are not so old and therefore (apart of the capital) without much interest. To sum up: Samos as well as Lemnos are islands for a beach holiday, Chios is worth visiting for the medieval spots and Lesvos is the place for relaxing and discovering the beauty that inspired Sappho to improve lyric poetry.

Suggestion for Americans: If you are not planning to spend the entire time of your holiday on Lesvos and you insist on islands hopping, I'll give you a tip: don't try to combine more than 2 Islands in a week.

Big ones like Crete needs at minimum a week and Lesvos 5 days. Small ones like Mykonos or Santorini are OK with 2-3 days. If you are planning a longer stay in Athens, then apart of the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the old centre with its unique museums and open-air cafes, there are also beautiful archaeological sites to visit around, such as: Olympia, Delphi, Mycenae, Epidaurus. All months of the year are ok except for June, July and August, which are quite hot for a longer stay in the city.