This traditional Greek island takes a relaxed outlook to life: expect sleepy villages and laid-back locals. With its beautiful scenery and picture-perfect beaches, it's easy to see why people head to Lesvos in search of tranquillity and relaxation. Whether you stay in a hotel such as the Sun Rise Hotel, or prefer self-catering apartments like Ourania Studios, a holiday to Lesvos is all about sitting in a traditional taverna, watching the sunset and listening to the waves.
If you want a relaxing holiday where you can soak up the sun, explore the local area and totally unwind then the Panorama Hotel is the place to be. Situated just 200m from the sandy Petra Beach and 800m from Petra's centre, you can divide your time between the snoozing on the sand and wandering around the charming tavernas. At the hotel you can enjoy a dip in the pool, or relax on the poolside sun loungers. You can get snacks and drinks from the pool bar or make use of the hotel's barbecue area.
Get away from the stresses and strains of modern life at the Ourania Studios. With simple yet welcoming rooms, you're under 500m away from the soft sands and warm waters of Petra Beach. It's a further 200m to the shops, bars and tavernas in the centre of Petra, so when you don't fancy cooking, there's plenty of choice. There's a pool on-site with a shallower area for children, and a poolside bar that serves drinks and snacks all day.
Nestled into tranquil countryside, the Aegeon Hotel has good-quality rooms and a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. While it feels rural, you're still only a few hundred metres from the closest beach, and a short walk to shops and restaurants in the town centre. It's the perfect place to soak up gorgeous views and explore Lesvos' landscape. A myriad of rare birds can be found in the gardens, too.
These self-catering studios are tucked away on the outskirts of Petra, guaranteeing you a relaxing, quiet stay. However, it's still just a short walk to the lively centre and the sandy beach. All rooms have a balcony or terrace, so you can admire the views of the Lesvos countryside. Outside, you can splash around in the pool or sunbathe on loungers on the terrace. The Nikis Michael Studios have their own poolside bar, too.
This traditional hotel gives you a glimpse into authentic island life. The comfy rooms and welcoming atmosphere make for a delightful stay, and you can choose whether you go half-board or breakfast only. The hotel's restaurant serves up a combination of Greek dishes and international food, while a poolside bar delivers drinks and light bites all day. The beach is just a short stroll from the hotel, while the resort centre is only a touch further. There's a few activities at the hotel, including a pool and a bird-watching site.
The Nakelis is surrounded by olive groves with a majestic mountainous backdrop. This traditionally Greek hotel has breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, and is situated just 500m from a sand and shingle beach, and a collection of shops and tavernas – there's a supermarket a few minutes' walk away, too. The Nakelis has its own swimming pool and poolside bar, and guests can relax in the grounds on the sun terrace.
The Sun Rise Hotel is ideal for relaxing poolside holidays. With its well-maintained facilities and welcoming rooms, you can unwind and chill out surrounded by gorgeous views. The hotel has two pools: a larger one and one for children, and a poolside bar. You'll also find tennis courts, a gym, a sauna and a whirlpool bath on site. The a la carte restaurant serves up delicious evening meals, but if you want, there's a regular bus to take you to the restaurants and bars in Molyvos.
This friendly family-run complex is quiet, peaceful and well maintained. The relaxed, comfortable accommodation includes a balcony or terrace, and there's also a swimming pool and snack bar. The closest restaurant is 750m away, while the resort centre is a few minutes' walk from that. There's also a pebbly beach just over 1km away, which is easy to walk to. Both self-catering and bed and breakfast are available at the Marianthi Paradise.
Ideally located for beach holidays, the Plaza Palace Hotel guarantees an authentic Greek experience. You'll get a warm welcome on arrival, and the friendly staff are always happy to recommend where to eat and places to visit. The hotel is a five-minute walk to the beach and the bars and restaurants of Anaxos, although there's a mini-market just a minute's walk from the grounds. You'll find a swimming pool, poolside bar, restaurant and sun terrace at the hotel, too.