Romance and history on idyllic Lesvos

by Jay Brown
   
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The Elysion Hotel, located on the Greek island of Lesvos, is a destination in its own right. The architecture of this impressive building combines traditional Greek design with modern elements, its classical ideas brought to life in a contemporary minimalist fashion. The beautiful beach acts as a stellar backdrop, making it easy to acclimatise to a relaxed holiday pace.

Lesvos is the third largest Greek island (just behind Crete and Evia), and one of the most undisturbed. Instead of offering fast-paced, tourist-friendly holidays, Lesvos takes you back to basics – a relaxed pace that allows you to rest and rejuvenate.

As with all Greek islands the way of life is quite straightforward – the simpler the better, and more could you want for your holiday? Explore at your own pace, and back at the hotel, you’ll find a bar and restaurant serving delicious meals in elegant surroundings. Our room was a modern and spacious home-from-home, and there are plenty of options – seven different room types in fact – to cater to every need. We were lucky enough to have a dual balcony, which meant we could spend most evenings watching the sunset together, surrounded by the soft scent of jasmine, cocktails in hand...

Planning a romantic getaway isn’t always the easiest task, but we found there were endless choices. We chose to stay in a suite for the extra space and comfort, which was a great place to return to after sightseeing.

We explored the local harbour and then returned to the hotel with a haul of local delicacies and cooked up our own traditional Greek feast. The harbour is a perfect romantic setting for sweeping that special someone off their feet, with its vista of blue water and the setting sun. There are plenty of tavernas by the waterfront.

The Room 201 bar awaits you on your return, yet another of the Elysion Hotel’s romantic offerings. With uninterrupted views of the sea and the surrounding area, it’s the perfect place for cocktails, and with drinks served until 2am, there’s no rush. Sit back, relax and enjoy the evening.

To enjoy together
  • Romantic history and culture
  • Stunning views from the spacious balconies
  • Bathtub with hydromassage
  • The waterfront
  • Cocktails at Room 201
  • Greek cuisine
  • Memorable day trips

Mytilene is the capital of Lesvos, with thousands of years of philosophical and literary history. The island of Sappho and Alcaeus has long been a source of inspiration – for example, Mytilenian poet Odysseas Elytis was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1979.

The city is also well known for its religious monuments – be sure to visit the Metropolis Cathedral on your visit. The jewel in its crown is the 33-metre-high gothic steeple built in the 17th century, and the high ceilings are something to behold. The domed church of St Therapon (1880) is also a must-see.

Greek towns located on the waterfront are famous for their vibrant tavernas and bars, and Mytilene is no exception. Whether you want to take your time with friends over a relaxed meal, or party into the small hours, Mytilene has the nightlife for you.

If you’re interested in the natural history of the island you really shouldn’t miss the Petrified Forest, which is just a short drive away. It’s the largest of its kind in the world, with fossilised trees and plants that are protected by the Natural History Museum of Lesvos (also well worth a visit).

Local history
  • Ancient theatre
  • Explore the island’s literary and artistic history
  • Medieval churches
  • Theophilos and Teriade Museums
  • The Kastro (castle)
  • Remnants of Byzantine fortification
Hotel facilities
  • The restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean dishes
  • Keep refreshed with drinks from the hotel bar
  • Keep fit in the hotel’s swimming pool, which looks out onto the Mediterranean
  • Both high-speed and wireless internet are available throughout the hotel

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