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The 15 Best Beaches To Explore on Lesvos, Greece

The 15 Best Beaches To Explore on Lesvos, Greece

Lesvos is the third largest Greek island with over 320 km of coastline so there are a lot of beaches… and they are all different! There’s something for everyone here on Lesvos! If you like deserted rocky coves or soft white sand you can find it on this beautiful Greek island. 

We haven’t listed all the beaches as there are so many wonderful ones, but we’ve chosen some of our favourite beaches on Lesvos island to recommend in this blog.

1. Agios Isidoros

Agios Isidoros can be found in the top ten most beautiful beaches in Greece! This curve of white sand and shingle leading to turquoise water is heavenly. The beach is close to Plomari but it’s still a peaceful spot, there are restaurants and cafe bars just behind the beach when you need to cool off and recharge.

2. Anaxos

One of the best beaches in the north of the island is the resort of Anaxos, with calm waters and a watersports centre as well as plenty of bars and tavernas. This beach on Lesvos is particularly popular with families.

3. Eftalou

A beautiful blue flag pebbly beach with rocky surrounds making it an ideal spot for snorkelling. Along from Golden beach there are a series of small interlinked coves so you can always find a secluded spot!

4. Sigri Faneromi

Fine sand, shallow waters, lots of shells and the most amazing aquamarine waters. This beach is rarely crowded so this is a great place to visit - even in midsummer!

5. Petra

A good choice for a sand and shingle beach with lots of amenities - also an amazing place to watch the sunset over the tiny islands of St George and Psira just off the coast.

6. Agios Ermogenis

A picturesque bay with the small white church of St Hermogenes, perched on a rock. The pine trees go down to the waters edge at each side so it feels secluded. Gorgeous for swimming and snorkelling. It’s close to Mytilene, so it can get busy at weekends in peak season.

7. Gavathas

A gorgeous sandy bay with a very gently shelving beach - the sea stays warm and shallow for ages making this a great place for families and non-swimmers. It is rarely busy here, and it’s such a quiet village and small harbour that it gets few new visitors, but it’s well worth a trip. Ideal to combine with a visit to the pretty town of Antissa.

8. Molyvos

Molyvos beach stretches along from a narrow strip by the village to a wider expanse of sand and shingle called Psiaria. Near the village are tavernas and changing facilities, a volleyball net in the sea and a wooden jetty for jumping in! Further along it’s more empty and the rocky end can be a nudist area.

9. Tarti

A popular beach in the south of Lesvos island with amazing clear waters and a laid-back vibe. It’s at the base of a lovely green hill, so it’s very picturesque and has a couple of good fish tavernas too.

10. Melinta

A tiny village with an impressive sand and shingle beach - the large rock cliff at one end has been said to resemble Thailand beaches and Melinda certainly has a cool beach vibe! It is quiet and peaceful with a gorgeous taverna and amazing clear blue water.

11. Vatera

At 8 km long, this is the longest stretch of beach on Lesvos! It has everything - quiet peaceful parts away from it all with no tourists, trendy beach bars with music and cocktails, family friendly areas with play things…. The water is clear and it’s a must visit beach for everyone!

12. Skala Eressos

With crystal clear waters and several kms of wide stretches of sand, this is one of the most popular beaches on Lesvos! It has facilities all along it, with a mixture of traditional tavernas and more modern bars. It attracts sun-seekers from families to honeymooners. As the birthplace of the poet Sappho, it is also popular with the LGBT communities.

13. Tokmakia

Most people visit the tiny Tokmakia islands by boat and when you do it feels like you’ve travelled to the Caribbean with bright white sand and crystal clear, turquoise sea! The bird life is amazing and if you’re lucky you’ll see wild dolphins too. It is great for jumping off the boat and swimming ashore. The islands have protected status due to their natural beauty and wildlife.

14. Tsonia

This is a red sand beach and relatively unknown but becoming more popular in the height of summer. The water is clear and there’s a cool, relaxed vibe with most of the visitors being Greek. It’s a good beach for snorkelling as it’s not too rocky but there are a lot of fish!

15. Kalo Limani

Literally meaning "good harbour", Kalo Limani is quiet and idyllic, with a natural sandy beach. There's a family-run fish restaurant right by the waves, so you'll also be well catered-for. Ideal for a family day out, building sandcastles while enjoying the rugged beauty of this stretch of Lesvos coast.

If you’re planning to visit one or more of these beaches on your next holiday to Lesvos, you can find more information on the Real Lesvos map. Of course, there are many more beaches on Lesvos, so make sure you keep exploring!

Mark Walker

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