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Lesvos (Λέσβος) , also spelled Lesbos, is the third biggest island in Greece, after Evoia and Crete. Located in the Aegean Sea, it belongs to the prefecture of Lesvos along with islands Limnos (Λήμνος) and Agios Efstratios (Άγιος Ευστράτιος).
The capital city of Lesvos is Mytilene (Μυτιλήνη).
The Ancient Greek poet Sappho, whose erotic poems gave rise to the word lesbian, was born in Eressos (Ερεσός) in the South-Western part of Lesvos.
The island is served by Odysseas Elytis (Οδυσσέας Ελύτης) airport, named for the 20th century Greek poet of the same name, which is located in the far South-East of the island, around 8km South of Mytilene. Flights run regularly to/from Athens, Thessaloniki, Chios and Limnos. Internationally, the island is a popular holiday destination so is served by regular charter flights.
The island is also connected with the mainland and other islands by ship. Many major companies offer routes between Lesvos and Athens. The main shipping company is NEL Lines.
Local buses run all around the main roads, tickets are 1 Euro each for a single trip. You can buy tickets at local coffee shops or small Deli shops over the counter. The major bus stop and information station is located at Mitilini(Major city).
Taxis are cheap and most use the meter. They do drive like crazy though. Taxis are all yellow and most are turbo Opels.
Walking is most convinient between vilages but if your an attractive women you will be looked at and talked too but nothing dangerous.
The old castle at Mytilene