Just curious if anyone has ever been to the Greek island of Lesvos?
If so what were your impressions, experiences. I am considering going to work/live there for a couple of months and i am wondering if there is a nightlife, if there is much to do during the day and whether there is much youth?
thank you very much
If it's full of lesvians, then I reckon it'd be a good place.
Funny you should say that James - Lesvos (or 'Lesbos' is it is also sometimes transcribed) was the home of Sappho, antiquity's most notable Lesbian! In fact the word 'Lesbian' is derived from the name of the island.
Apart from that Lesvos doesn't have a reputation for being a party island, though it is usually described as being very pretty. If you're after partying there is a host of other Greek islands that might suit better (Ios springs to mind for some reason).
I first went to this island when I was 26 (long time ago now) and have been back regularly ever since.
Unlike the name implies, the island is not actually overrun by Lesbians, although they have adopted the Poetess, Sappho's, village of Eressos as the place to head when visiting the island (& there's nothing wrong with that!). Eressos has a nice beach, plenty of bars and tavernas and a lovely laid-back feel. Visitors of "all persuasions" can relax and be themselves there.
Lesvos is a very large island (it's the 3rd largest Greece after Crete and Evvia) and the villages & towns that make up this island differ quite greatly from one another; vibrant to sleepy. There is generally something for everyone's taste.
So, if you're thinking of going and working there, you shouldn't have a problem. However, you might want to read up a bit on the island (it's covered in the majority of guide books and there are also a couple of good websites; -snip-) - or use a search engine to find the many features on it. You should get a feel of whether it's your type of place, or not.
The "resorts" (I use the term loosely, as it's not a major tourist destination) of Molyvos, Petra and Anaxos (north of the island) are nice.
Molyvos is one of the most attractive villages on the island, if not in Greece (it is more expensive than some of its neighbours, consequently). The beach is pebbly though. It is popular at weekends in high season (July/August) with youngsters from other places on the island. There are plenty of bars (a good open-air music bar down at the beach), large open-air disco open in high season outside town, tavernas and dotted around the outside of town, larger hotels (but not high-rise). A lot of jobs do get snapped up early in the season though, but with so many places you shouldn't have a problem finding something - I worked a bar and taverna one summer. There are lots of car hire companies, so you could always clean cars! It also has a really superb harbour, which really does come alive in the evening and is equally interesting and magical during the day; the ruined castle that looks down on the village and is illuminated at night, hosts live concerts in July/August too. It's a really friendly village too.
Anaxos is the newest resort; it was once a sleepy village with a few beach-side tavernas, a beautiful beach with a great view of Molyvos, and little else. Now it's buzzing with apartments and small hotels, bars and tavernas. But, it's more family orientated. Petra is in the middle, with a sandy beach too and a nice atmosphere (it's also more established, and is a proper village, like Molyvos, rather than being built for tourists). Again, there are plenty of bars and tavernas, plus a good music bar, popular for dancing.
Other places around the island are so numerous, but the places most tourists head for are Kalloni (kind of in the middle of the island, a larger town, for locals as much as tourists) with it's beach area of Skalla Kalloni; Mytilini (east of the island, where the airport is located and also the island's capital); Plomari (south), similar in layout to Molyvos and where most of the island's famous ouzo is made; Sigri (west) that has a nearby Petrified Forest (trees that have been forever preserved after a volcanic eruption some 15/20 million years ago).
There are so many places, beaches and sights to visit on the island though and the interior town of Agiassos is worth going to see (at the foot of the island's highest mountain, Olympus - yep, there seems to be one of those everywhere!).
The island also has strong links with Australia and America, as with many of the other islands, entire villages immigrated in the 50s (many, it would seem, to Melbourne), to find work and, maybe, a better life; but many since returned. It's popular with travelling Aussies and Americans searching out their family's routes. Dukakis, who once ran for presidency in the US, came from the village of Stipsi on the island.
Perhaps for someone of your age though, the islands of Mykonos, Ios, Rhodes, Corfu, Zante (Zakynthos) or Crete would be more suitable, especially if you're looking for a party place. Again, you'd need to use the internet or guide books to get a feel of where abouts on them you'd fancy heading.
A word of caution , accommodation can be very hard to find in popular places in Greece during July and August, especially on the islands, as that's also when the majority of Greeks travel for their own holidays (Athenians often visit the islands too). There is also a large festival in August (around the 15th) of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when many Greeks return to their home villages/towns and accommodation then can be very difficult, sometimes impossible, to come by if not already pre-booked.
Lesvos also has an inland village, Ayia Paraskevi, and there is a festival for the saint of the same name, that's held all over Greece in villages/towns of the same name, in July (around 26th).
I think you'd enjoy Lesvos though... take a leap of faith and just go discover!!!
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
I´ve been In Lesbos (it was in the capital Mytilini) and I liked it very much.. LOTS of young people, because of the univeristy, and for me the nightlife was crazy too, although I haven´t experiened the night life of other greek iselands, so i annot compare unfortunataly.. not only is it fun being there, it is truly also a beeeaaauuutiful iseland i think.. downtown mytilini is cozy and the iseland itself is just amazing.. i think you will like it lesbos..