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LESVOS (LESBOS) ISLAND
Lesvos has been inhabited since antiquity and because of its long history it attracted the interest of many geographers and historians who visited the island and wrote about it. Lesvos was named after Lesvos, the Thessalian hero, who additionally, was Aeolus’ grandson and king Makaras’ son in law after marrying his daughter Mithymna.
Before his arrival, the island was called “Pelasghia”. In 1826 B.C. Lesvos was called “Lasia” meaning the island of thick woods and vegetation. Then Makaras arrived on the island. He founded cities, divided the island in counties and named it “Makaria” which means blissful. At the end of 11th century B.C., after the capture of Troja the Aeolians settled the island which was named “Aeolis” or “Issa”. The name Aeolis comes from the Aeolian coast of Asia Minor, where the Aeolian patriarch Aeolus the son of Hellinas used to live.
Another name for Lesvos used to be “Anthiopi” which meant sunlit island with tawny people.
Finally, another name was “Mitonis” coming from the name of Poseidon and Mitylene’s son.
The Roman Aqueduct of Moria near Mytilene
Mytilene, the capital city of the island was named after one of king Makaras’ five daughters. In the Aeolian dialect “Mitylana” meant big and important city.
Since antiquity, commercial relationships were developed with Asia and the other Aegean islands thus creating a thriving economy for the island. At the same time the arts and sciences flourished. Some of the most important representatives of the intelligentsia of the time were Sappho, Terpander, Theophrastus and other poets, authors and philosophers.
Nowadays, the capital of the island remains Mitylene with a population of 30,000 people. It houses the Ministry of Aegean, the University of Aegean and the District Authorities. It has a great architectural and cultural heritage and it is a very lively city.
The Byzantine Castle, the ancient theatre, the Archaeological and Byzantine Museum, The Theophelus Museum, the old market, the mansions and its churches are some of the most important sights to visit.
The island's capital, Mytilene
Moving along the eastern coast due north you can first meet the small port of Panagiouda and further on Thermi which is built on ancient settlements and is renowned for its hot springs and the monastery of thaumaturgist Saint Raphael.
Further along, after passing some traditional small villages you arrive at Nees Kidonies (Kydonies) WHERE OUR RESORT IS LOCATED, a village which was founded by the Greek refugees who escaped the disaster and great massacre in Asia Minor in 1922. The village was named after the old one which is right across it on Asia Minor coast and it was called Kidonia or Aivalik, as Turks call it today. New Kidonia is also known as Baltziki.
Its seaport is Skala of New Kydonies and is renowned as the best fishing spot of the island with crystal clear water.
Another place to visit is Mandamados, a traditional village with the Monastery of Taxiarches (Archangels). Further on there is Skala Sykamia, a picturesque fishing village.
The Nees Kidonies pebble beach with its crystal clear
waters near our Resort
On the North part of the island lays Mythimna or Molyvos with its medieval castle and a wonderfully preserved traditional architecture. Close to it, there is Petra with its mansions and the church of Mother Virgin at the top of a rock with about 120 steps.
At the centre of the island there is Kalloni, a hub to Eressos-homeland of poetess Sappho or Sigri and its famous Petrified Forest, a unique monument of nature of about 15-20 million years and the wonderful Museum of Natural History. Mount Olympus and the picturesque village of Agiassos can be also found at the centre of the island. Agiassos is renowned for its pottery, the traditional architectural style, its music culture and the beautiful and very old cathedral of Mother Virgin. There you can also walk or drive through breathtaking routes of chestnut, cherry and plane forests.
At the south of the island there is Plomari, famous for its ouzo distilleries, and the gulf of Gera with its many olive presses and soap factories.
Tokmakia isles near Nees Kydonies
Lesvos has wonderful flora and fauna, traditionally built villages, beautiful beaches and a great cultural and architectural heritage. It is a unique destination for your vacation, offering the possibility of resting and relaxing and at the same time the opportunity of coming closer to nature, antiquity and the culture of our Greek ancestors.
Last but not least, our visitors will have the time of their life trying tasty, traditional “meze”, local dishes and drinks in all those little villages of the island, enjoying the sun and the sea at day time and the moonlit nights in places where fun lasts till dawn.
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Nees Kidonies TK-81100
Lesvos Island, GREECE
Tel.: +30-22510-94517/8 & 27644