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Lesbos as a relaxed vacation?

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Lesbos as a relaxed vacation?


I am a single, lesbian mother of a lively 3 year old, and am trying to find a vacation spot which is women-oriented, relaxing for me and with many playmates for my lively son. My travel dates would be July or August, but preferably the latter for 2-3 weeks.

I have heard alot about Lesbos in the past, but have no idea if it "fits our needs" as stated above. I was in Greece many years ago (Myknos, Santorin), during Easter, and HATED the tremendous amount of noise generated by the mostly Greek vacationers. I'd like to return to Greece (I liked Greece, it was the holiday rowdiness I didn't enjoy) and would appreciate all honest input on whether Lesbos (and what part thereof) would be a good choice.

If not, where else? I am open to Europe, Canada and North/NorthEast USA.

Thanks very much,

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1. Re: Lesbos as a relaxed vacation?

Hi, baytjasmin, and welcome to the Greece forums!

If you are forced by circumstance to travel in the "high season" months of July and August, I think it's a good idea to go to someplace out of the tourist spotlight. Lesvos is a large island, not on the main tourist trail, and it appears you'd have plenty of choices for family-friendly locations there.

Skala Eressos looks interesting... and has a beautiful beach! My Greek sister-in-law has some relatives in that area, and has shown me pictures taken on family vacations there (see some photos of this village and beach in the websites linked below). The pedestrian-only area would be helpful with an active child.

Lesvos appears to be much less tourist-oriented than many other islands, and women everywhere can be proud of the Skalahori Women's Cooperative of Traditional and Local Products -- the village of Skalahori is on the road to Eressos, and the Cooperative is located by the church in the main platia of the town -- don't miss it! Lesvos/Mytilini looks like a great destination!

Take a look at Matt Barrett's pages on Lesvos:


And there's also a little information here:


Hopefully, you'll get some input from TA contributors who have stayed there...

Happy travels!

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2. Re: Lesbos as a relaxed vacation?

I agree that Skala Erresos sounds the perfect choice. It's by no means exclusively a women only/lesbian resort, but lesbian friends of mine visit year upon year, and love it. There's a vibrant all year-round women's community as I understand it



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Travelling at this time of year is always going to be busier than normal, especially regarding Greek holiday makers as this is their main holiday period.

If you want to avoid the busiest time you are better off leaving you holiday until the later part of august. After the 15th of August (Maria) the Greek holiday makers start to leave. Alternatively at the beginning of July is a fairly quiet period.

Lesvos is Quieter than most of the more advertised Islands but you will find August busier wherever you go.

If you are not fixed to August try May or September. May is simply beautiful and both months are cooler which you might want to consider when travelling with a young child.

Happy hols.


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4. Re: Lesbos as a relaxed vacation?

skala erresos is the perfect place. wonderful beaches - some water sports. clean sand and many likeminded women. there is a family area for evening entertainment. no cars in square in the evening. I wish I had found it when my girls were that age.

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