12 of the best beaches in Lesvos

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Part of the North Aegean island chain, Lesvos is known for its ouzo (half the world’s supply is made here) and extensive olive production and has lovely villages like Molyvos, Agiasos, Plomari and Mantamados and the elegant capital Mytilene begging you to explore them. And let’s not forget the beaches. Whether you want quiet or sporty, cosmopolitan or secluded, Lesvos’ beaches have a way of surprising you. So stick around and we’ll break down 12 of the best beaches in Lesvos to get your holidays started.

Agios Isidoros beach

Agios Isidoros is one of the longest beaches in Lesvos, close to Plomari (where ouzo has its roots). It’s a beach with a mix of sand and fine pebbles, with plenty of space to unwind and beautiful clear water that’s great for snorkelling. There are plenty of amenities and food options and it is easy to get to. The perfect day might also include learning about Lesvos’ ouzo tradition in Plomari.

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, tavernas, beach bars
  • Access: By road

Agios Isidoros has pockets of sunbeds and umbrellas and beautiful clear water

Agios Ermogenis beach

Encased within a tranquil little bay that is easy to get to and walled by thick pine groves that reach the sea, Agios Ermogenis is close to Mytilene and one of Lesvos’ most picturesque beaches. It has fine yellow sand and green-blue water that is sweet for splashing around in, with the chapel of Agios Ermogenis standing sentry above it. There is a taverna by the shore for a meal with a great view. 

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, taverna
  • Access: By road

Charamida beach

Charamida is another family favourite when it comes to beaches in Lesvos. It’s close to Mytilene, fully organised and good for water sports, but you’ll still find space on the pebbly beach if you want some solitude. It’s got good access (in the southeastern part of the island) and the landscape is part of the charm, especially the mountains in the distance. As soon as you get hungry, head for the nearby tavernas.

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, beach bar, snack bar
  • Access: By road

Molyvos beach

Molyvos beach (also known as Mithymna) is one of Lesvos’ most popular beaches, close to the castle-topped settlement of the same name. It’s a long beach, with a mix of sand and pebbles and water that is shallow and great for swimming (pack your goggles). It’s a big hit with families, with water sports facilities like water skiing, parasailing, wakeboard and SUP. It’s also easy to get to and perfect to combine with lunch at a taverna close to Molyvos town. Alternatively, for those seeking something more secluded and less organised, the pebbly beach of Eftalou is close by. Both Molyvos and Eftalou beach have Blue Flags.

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, beach bar, tavernas, water sports
  • Access: By road

Anaxos beach

Fun and easy and boasting a Blue Flag certificate, Anaxos is a family-friendly, sandy beach on the northern side of Lesvos. There are amenities aplenty and some natural shade provided by trees, and there’s a great view from a neat windmill you can see on the hill. You can rent water bikes or canoes on the beach and explore the coastline, or just enjoy the 700m sandy expanse. Anaxos beach is easy to get to but note that it can be affected by the wind.

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, beach bars, tavernas, cafe, water sports
  • Access: By road


Petra beach

A few kilometres east of Anaxos, on the north coast, lies Petra beach, one of Lesvos’ most popular beaches due to its size and all-around convenience. It’s a mix of sand and shingle and is surrounded by a landscape that’s peppered with pine groves. You’ll find water sports facilities and beach bars that see a fair bit of action and there are food and drinks options available in the nearby settlement. Petra is another of Lesvos’s beaches with a Blue Flag and is ideal for every taste.

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, beach bars, water sports
  • Access: By road

Skala Eressou beach

The birthplace (allegedly) of the poet Sappho, Skala Eressou is a lovely seaside village in western Lesvos. Its resident beach is made up of dark sand and pebbles and the waters are calm, shallow and crystal clear, with a Blue Flag certificate to show for it (snorkelling ahoy!). 

West-facing Skala Eressou has one of the best sunsets in Lesvos

It’s a lively spot, with beach bars, water sports facilities and seaside tavernas. It also has one of the best sunsets of all the beaches in Lesvos. And if you are willing to negotiate a dirt road in order to be closer to nature, sandy Chroussos beach, free of sunbeds and umbrellas, lies just to the south. 

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, beach bars, snack bar, tavern, water sports
  • Access: By road

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Vatera beach

Weighing in at just over 8km, Vatera is Lesvos’ longest beach and one of its prettiest too as it combines Blue Flag-certified waters, a serene landscape and a seemingly endless stretch of sand and pebbles. Its size allows you to pick your spot and chillax, but you can just as easily opt for the organised part. The choice of eateries and easy access make it popular with families.

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, beach bars, cafe
  • Access: By road

Melinta beach

Melinta beach, is known for its chilled vibes and seclusion, making it an obvious choice for those who want to bask in nature’s glory. The beach is flanked by rolling cliffs and has fine pebbles and is divided by a massive boulder that provides a measure of shade – if you prefer that to sunbeds and an umbrella. The water is calm and shallow (family-friendly), while a couple of tavernas on the shore are your designated seafood lunch spots … washed down with ouzo and followed by a siesta in the shade. 

  • Amenities: A few umbrellas & sunbeds, tavernas
  • Access: By road

Tarti beach

If you want exotic and laid back, head for Tarti beach and you may just find another gem in Lesvos’ bag of treasure. Located in southeastern Lesvos, it is surrounded by a rolling green canopy and is a mix of yellow sand and fine pebbles. The water is clear and shallow (great for families with young kids), inviting you to go snorkelling – so come prepared. There are enough amenities for you to not want to leave anytime soon. 

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, cafe, snack bar, taverna
  • Access: By road

Sigri beach

Sigri and its resident beach have to be one of the prettiest swimming spots in western Lesvos. The seaside village eases out across a small bay, with a hill-top Ottoman-period castle in the distance. The tree-lined beach is made up of yellow sand, with clear and shallow water that is great for kids. Come lunchtime, take your pick from the taverna options available. And if you want something wilder? Head north to Faneromeni beach, with fine pebbles and where there are no amenities and the water is green-blue. 

  • Amenities: A few sunbeds & umbrellas, taverna
  • Access: By road

Tsonia beach

Located in northeastern Lesvos, within a semi-circular cove, Tsonia beach is a sweet spot near the settlement of Klio. The sand and pebbles are rust-coloured and the water is green-blue and calm. If you follow the beach to the end, you’ll reach a little harbour. The area is flanked by pine trees, so natural shade is ample, but there are sunbeds and umbrellas, too. Note that the coastal settlement of Skala Sikamineas is a 20-minute drive away if you fancy exploring the area or grabbing a taverna meal. 

  • Amenities: Sunbeds & umbrellas, snack bar, tavernas
  • Access: By road


12 of the best beaches in Lesvos

Nature and simplicity come together perfectly in Lesvos. There are picturesque traditional settlements and plenty of beaches to discover all over the island, as well as being the home of ouzo and a world-famous petrified forest.

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