Like those of other Greek islands, Lesvos holidays enjoy a Mediterranean climate with long, warm summers and mild winters. It's rumoured to be one of the sunniest islands in the Aegean, which means that even in the winter, the minimal storms are usually burned off quickly by the oncoming sunshine.
The summers in Lesvos begin in May and carry on until October. Temperatures reach their highest in July and August, where thermometers can raise as high as 40°C, but usually stay closer to 30°C. In the other summer months, the temperature rounds out in the low to mid twenties, and winter gets coldest in December and January, with average temperatures of 10°C to 12°C. This all depends where you're staying – the mountains in Lesvos are sometimes dusted with snow that locals in the coastal towns wouldn't dream of receiving.
Because Lesvos isn't dominated by tourism, the island largely stays the same throughout the year, so you'll have the opportunity to live like a local all year round. Winter, however, is peak olive season in Greece so book your holiday in Lesvos then to see the harvest. This little island is lined with 11 million olive trees, which are meant to be some of the best found anywhere in the world.
As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and your family on your trip. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card EHIC before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Greek nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.
If you're booking a Greek island holiday specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information, and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health.
British citizens don't need a visa to enter Greece but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit this page.
Mytilene International Airport is the only commercial airport on the island of Lesvos, and is the primary point of entry for visitors starting their cheap package holidays to Greece. The two most popular coastal spots on the island are Molyvos and Petra, both of which will take just over an hour to reach. The quickest way is straight through the island, but slightly lengthier coastal routes offer the best views. It's also possible to fly to Thessaloniki International Airport on the mainland and take a ferry to Lesvos.
Once you've touched down in Lesvos, you may wish to hire a car if you want to travel between towns and explore the sites on your own time. There are public buses that connect major towns and allow for cheaper travel. If you're only planning to travel on rare occasions, you can hail a taxi or get your hotel to book one for you.
Because Lesvos doesn't have many purpose-built tourist destinations, it doesn't have the waterparks and mini golf courses found on other Greek islands. Instead, it's sprinkled with history museums, olive oil mills and archaeological sites that'll keep inquisitive kids occupied.
Connector type: Round, two-pin plugs
Voltage info: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz
Call 112 for all emergencies and the operator will put you through to the police, fire brigade or ambulance service. The line is operated in five languages including English.
There is no British Consulate on the island of Lesvos, the closest offices are in Athens. They can be reached by telephone Monday to Friday, from 8am to 3pm.
Address: 1, Ploutarchou str, 10675, Athens, Greece
Telephone: (+30) 210 7272 600
Mytilene General Hospital
Mytilene 811 00, Mytilene, Greece
Telephone: (+30) 699 366 9811