Lesvos holidays offer some of the best food in the North Aegean Sea, which you can enjoy in atmospheric tavernas with amazing sea views. You'll find traditional Greek cuisine, Mediterranean fusion dishes and a generous helping of international favourites on offer if you visit this friendly island during your holidays to Greece.
The island's coastline is blessed with abundant seafood, especially in the Gulf of Kalloni on its western flank. Fans of fruits of the sea delight in the rich variety of marine life on offer, while vegetarians are catered for by the island's fertile interior. Of particular note are the cheese-stuffed courgette flowers, known as sfougato and organic green beans drizzled in extra virgin olive oil and sauteed to perfection.
Connoisseurs of wine will be delighted to learn that Lesvos has delicious red and white wines, as well as a type called orange wine. These are made from locally grown Chidiriotiko grapes which have produced celebrated Lesvos wines for centuries. It also has a reputation for producing the best ouzo in all of Greece.
This traditional restaurant in Petra is positioned directly above a delightful little shop filled with local curios, and the waitress often doubles up as both cook and cashier. The service can take a little longer than in other restaurants but you get lovingly-prepared dishes accompanied with a smile and a great ocean view.
As the island's capital, it's little surprise that Mytilene is home to a number of excellent ouzo bars, and Antonis is one of the finest. After sampling one of the many delicious varieties of this aniseed liqueur, you'll soon be able to discern the difference between store-bought ouzo from the UK and the real deal on Lesvos. For those wishing to shed their tourist tag, it's uncommon for Greeks to drink without eating something, so accompany your tipple with a tray of roasted aubergines, sea urchin roe or assorted meats and cheeses.
Skala Kalloni beach faces straight onto the cavernous Gulf, which has taken a sizable chunk out of the island and provides a habitat for all manner of sea life. At Caprice, sample the freshest scallops, cockles, fan mussels, langoustines, sea urchins and octopuses. Salted sardines, known locally as papalina, take centre stage here. Pair them with a glass of ouzo as an appetiser to your main meal.