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Also known as Lesbos, or by the name of its main town, Mýtilini, Lésvos is the third largest of the Greek islands. Its name has entered the dictionary and it does attract a number of lesbian visitors, drawn by the birthplace of the poet Sappho (at Eressós), although there is very little historical evidence that Sappho was definitely a lesbian. It is a big and beautiful island with some excellent beaches, and a mountainous and forested interior. Its highest point is Mount Olympus, at 3,235 feet (986 m). Lésvos also has an estimated 11 million olive trees, and a reputation for making some of the best ouzo in Greece. It is good for wildlife ...

Also known as Lesbos, or by the name of its main town, Mýtilini, Lésvos is the third largest of the Greek islands. Its name has entered the dictionary and it does attract a number of lesbian visitors, drawn by the birthplace of the poet Sappho (at Eressós), although there is very little historical evidence that Sappho was definitely a lesbian. It is a big and beautiful island with some excellent beaches, and a mountainous and forested interior. Its highest point is Mount Olympus, at 3,235 feet (986 m). Lésvos also has an estimated 11 million olive trees, and a reputation for making some of the best ouzo in Greece. It is good for wildlife lovers too, particularly for migrating birds in the spring and autumn. It has a wide variety of interesting towns and villages, from picturesque Mólivos (also called Míthimna) and the bustle of its capital, Mýtilini, to the pretty hill town of Agiássos and the lovely beach village of Sígri, hidden away on the very western tip of this big island.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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    Spring and autumn bring migrating birds and usually good weather, avoiding high summer heat.