Lesvos, Greece

Lesvos, Greece Travel Information

According to computergees, Lesvos (Greek: Λέσβος) is an island in the Aegean Sea that is part of the North Aegean Islands. The North Aegean Islands are a region of Greece (Europe). The capital of Lesvos is Mytilini (Mytilene).

Lesvos, Greece

Lesbos is a touristic island of Greece. There are many facilities for tourists, such as a good road network, tourist towns, shops, hotels and restaurants. The island is mountainous with mostly dense vegetation. Many tourists come to walk in the beautiful rugged nature reserves and the beautiful coast. There are several wide sandy beaches for enthusiasts. The island is also known for its hot springs, many monasteries and the great diversity of bird species. See iamaccepted for 5 best nursing schools in Europe.

Where is Lesvos located?

Travel information of Lesvos

Official name: Lesvos
Continent: Europe
Area: 1,630 km²
Capital: Mytilini (Mytilene)
Country code: GR, GRC
Population: 114,880 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 935 m (Lepetymnos)
Distance (Amsterdam – Mytilini): 2,160 km
Flight time: approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Lesvos that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Lesbos, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Lesvos. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Lesbos?

Weather and climate
Lesvos has a Mediterranean climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 10 to 15 degrees and in the summer months around 25 to 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Lesbos can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Lesvos can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Lesvos. In these months you have the best chance of good weather.

Greek is the official language on Lesbos. In addition, a lot of English is spoken because of tourism.
Would you like to translate from or into Greek for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Greece: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Greek Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Greek Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Lesvos.

Money and Currency matters
On Lesbos, payment is made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on Lesvos can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Lesbos are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -22% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (33% cheaper), food (18% cheaper), imported beer in catering (14% more expensive), cigarettes (36% cheaper) and public transport (50% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

On Lesvos it is customary to tip, even if this is already included in the bill. Good service is about 5-10% tip.

Time difference
On Lesbos it is 1 hour later than in the Netherlands.
Summer time on Lesvos is equal to that in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Lesvos on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Lesvos you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Lesvos.
An overview of all ferry connections between the various Greek islands can be found on GTP.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Lesbos.

On Lesvos the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Lesvos can be found on our electricity page (see Greece).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112 or 100
– Fire: 112 or 199
– Ambulance: 112 or 166

Tap water
The water from the tap is drinkable, but due to the high chlorine content in many places, we recommend drinking bottled water.

News and newspapers
The latest news regarding Lesvos can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Greece (Lesbos) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Lesvos end in.gr.
Lesvos official website: visitgreece.gr.

The country code (international access number) to call someone on Lesvos is 0030 or +30.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Lesbos? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Lesvos Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Lesvos.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Lesvos.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Lesvos.

Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays on Lesvos can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Greece (Lesbos) in the Eurydice school guide.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Lesvos, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Lesbos?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Lesbos. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Lesvos can be found on Protected Planet.
Lesvos is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Lesvos? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or to do business with Lesvos, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Lesbos, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Lesvos.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum allowed blood alcohol level is 0.5 for cars and 0.2 for motorcycles and novice drivers up to 2 years old.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Lesbos is one of the largest islands in Greece?
…There are more than 11 million olive trees in the south of Lesvos?
…Lesbos has had a fiber optic network since 2010?
…Many illegal immigrants try to enter Europe via Lesvos?
…Lesbos originated from two volcanoes?