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Lesvos

The island of abundance

At a glance

Lesvos is the island of abundance.

It has an abundance of beaches, some long and sandy, others with pebbles smoothly polished by the white frothy waves and still others tucked into little coves on this amazing volcanic island.

Abundant are the forests, which cover parts of the island–pine, chestnut and one that is petrified, a rarity in the world.

Abundant are the olive trees gathered in groves, at last count there were 11 million, and the sardines whose shoals swim in the bays of Yera and Kaloni, passing like clouds reflecting in their waters.

Abundant is the flowing ouzo that clouds in the glass as it cools over a couple of ice cubes; and abundant is the naturally heated water that springs from the earth to soothe and heal our aches and ailments.

There is also abundant evidence of the role Lesvos has played in history; it is a place whose figureheads are still major influences throughout the world in ways many may or may not even recognize.

People are drawn here from far and wide to enjoy these and many more of the island’s attractions, including the varied villages (mountain, plain and coastal) and towns, each with their own distinct architecture and tuneful dialect, the delightful meze foods and the progressive LGBT scene.

What is not abundant, however, are milling crowds of holidaymakers–Lesvos is still surprisingly off the beaten track compared to other better-known tourist destinations that people flock to. One type of traveller does come in flocks, though, and that is the multitude of bird species that have discovered the delights of abundant Lesvos, trailing birdwatchers from around the world eager to catch glimpses of these feathered visitors.

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