Famous since ancient times for the diversity of its wildlife and fauna, Lesvos boasts more varieties of birdlife and wildflowers than almost anywhere else in Europe and it is a popular destination for birdwatchers, wild flower enthusiasts and orchid hunters.
Famously chosen by Aristotle for his study of the natural world he spent 2 years on the island studying the wildlife. The books he produced as a result of his studies "History of animals", "Parts of animals" and "Generation of animals" became an encyclopaedia of natural history unsurpassed until the 18th century and are considered the birth of Zoology as a science.
A botanic paradise at any time of year but especially in spring, a drive around the island will reward you with spectacular views full of vivid colours and surprises. Mountains draw you in to explore their forests of pine as well as oak, plane and chestnut trees, conceal rock pools, waterfalls and breathtaking views. Lush green valleys with olive groves full of white and yellow wildflowers flowers that reveal poppies bursting out like the flames of a fire are a delight to behold.
There are 3 Natura 2000 protected sites on the island with conservation and restoration of habitats a priority. The main site is the wetlands and salt marshes around Kaloni which attract many species of birds including flocks of Flamigos and Storks that come to feed in the marshes and breed. As this is one of the best bird watching areas on the island you will find purpose buit bird watching facilities.
A natural paradise that has been kept secret by those in the know, the natural beauty of Lesvos will enchant everyone who ventures out to touch it.