If you love ouzo, the traditional Greek, anise flavoured aperitif, then you’ll love the Greek island of Lesvos. Lesvos is the original home of ouzo, and was also the home of the Greek poet, Sappho. In fact, the island still celebrates Sappho, with regular festivals held in her honour. (No doubt with an ouzo or two!)
In some places better known as Lesbos, Lesvos has had it tough in recent years. It was hard hit during the refugee crisis and is still suffering as tourists stay away, preferring to visit the neighbouring islands in the Aegean Sea. But pay a visit to this large and beautiful Greek island and you won’t be disappointed. Its history alone is fascinating with plenty of places of interest to visit. The landscape of Lesvos boasts forests, stunning beaches and pretty harbour villages, so there’s something for everyone. Especially foodies, since the restaurants and tavernas offer many Greek gastronomic delights.
Since the refugee crisis, Lesvos has attracted many volunteers and aid workers, giving this island a new and diverse lease of life and is now considered a counter culture hotspot. If that sounds like the sort of place you love, then Lesvos is most certainly for you!