or Lesbos, also called Mytilene by the Greeks (after
the island's capital), is the third largest of all Greek
Islands. Its location in the North Aegean Sea and near the
Turkish coast makes the island very distant from other
more "fashionable" Greek islands, attracting the
mainstream of tourists for a number of years.
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this has helped the island to keep its traditional
industries and lifestyle and therefore not rely on tourism
for its main income, as other Greek islands have done. It's
an island rich in history and culture and the birthplace of
many great poets, musicians and generally arts personalities.
Poets have described it, as a golden green plane leaf,
floating in the shimmering sea. In resent years it has also
become known for it "green
credentials". It is virtually, unaffected by the
mass tourism which inevitably has turned other islands and
resorts into westernised amusement parks.
is an island rich in traditional charm,
history and culture, with many small and
still undiscovered villages, secluded bays, welcoming
beaches, country walks, birds, wild orchids, handicrafts,
and folklore festivals little changed over the years.
Visiting the island does not demand a bottomless pocket! You
can have a great time and still not spend a fortune. Some
locations, like Vatera are more inexpensive that others. You
can save money by going there and have just as much fun or
more than you will do, if you go anywhere else.
If you love the Greek islands for their "Greek ness", the
diversity and variety they can offer, LESVOS can do that
much better, at a much bigger scale from that of most other
islands you have visited.
Myth of Sapho
Sappho (circa 630 B.C.)
She was one of the great Greek lyrists and few known female
poets of the ancient world. She was an aristocrat who married
a prosperous merchant and had a daughter named Cleis. She was
wealthy enough to live the life she chose and study the arts
at the island of Lesvos.
In the 7th Century B.C. Lesvos was a cultural
centre. Although Sappho spend most of her time on the island,
she also travelled widely throughout Greece. Because of
political activities she was once exiled in Sicily. The
residents of Syracuse were so honoured by her visit; they
erected a statute to her.
Sappho was called a lyrist because she wrote her poems to be
performed with the accompaniment of a lyre. She composed her
own music and refined the prevailing lyric meter to a point
that it is now called the Sapphic meter. Her style was sensual
and melodic; mostly songs of love, yearning and reflection
Sappho was very much honoured in ancient times. While she
still lived coins of Lesvos were minted with her image. Plato
elevated her from the status of great lyric poet to the status
of the tenth muse. Upon hearing one of her songs, Solon, an
Athenian ruler, lawyer and a poet, asked that he be taught the
song “Because I want to learn it and die”. Unfortunately only
one of Sappho’s poems is available in its entirety – all of
the rest exist as fragments of her original work.
From ancient times to today, Sappho has remained an important
literary and cultural figure. Her works continued to be
studied and translated. She inspires new poets constantly and
speculation on her life remains popular in the form of
fictionalised tales and ardent research. For a woman who has
been dead for over two thousand years, this is quite an