Traditional industries such as olive growing, ouzo making, fishing and shipbuilding survive but, as with most Greek Islands, the Tourist industry is booming, and it looks as if that is were the future prosperity of this island lies. At the moment Lesvos is managing to maintain it's pretty villages, beautiful countryside, good beaches and relatively unspoilt Greek charm. For how much longer though one can only wonder.
There are hot springs which you can enjoy, plus a multitude of birds and plants to fascinate you. This island truly is a country lovers dream. Although having said that you can find a more lively side to this island if you wish to.
The climate is very warm and the environment is lush. Mytilini, the Island's capital, has the Island's main harbour, a busy waterfront and sophisticated cafes and tavernas. There is plenty to see in the capital, not leas , a fair few such as the Archaeological museum and the Museum of Theophilos. There are direct flights to Lesvos and regular ferry services to many of the Greek islands. Lesvos would be a great place to go ' Greek island hopping '. So whether you choose to visit Lesvos whilst you are hopping around, or visit for a more lengthy stay, you should have a great time. There is so much variety of accommodation and things to do it should suit everyone and anyone.
The above was written in 2007. Since then the EU crisis has hit Greece hard. The Greek Islands have never been rich places and tourism was a much needed boost to their economy. More than ever these days Greece will welcome you with open arms. Do not let the "hororr stories" deter a visit. Simply make sure you research a visit to include current information.
Most of the riots and public protests have been happening on the mainland and in the country's capital Athens. That said it is not a scene of constant violence.
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