A holiday on Greek’s third-largest island, Lesbos, is spent meandering between fishing villages and lounging on perfect sandy beaches, before lining up the cocktails at one of its low-key bars.
Lesbos has earned its place in ancient and modern-day mythology. Some 2,600 years ago, the legendary Greek poet Sappho, who wrote erotic poetry about women, was born in the small village of Eresos. The terms ‘lesbian’ and ‘sapphic’ are directly linked to the island and the poet, respectively. Its nightlife is low-key compared to on other Greek islands, but features atmospheric watering holes, including – quite rightly – a lesbian bar that’s the centre of gay nightlife in Lesbos. Here are the coolest bars in Lesbos, Greece, today.
A traditional stone house on the edge of Molyvos harbour hides a quirky interior, with playful touches like a cheese grater for a ceiling lamp. This buzzy, American-run spot has won numerous local fans with its stellar cocktails and sea views from the balcony. The Kamikaze, White Lady and Cosmopolitan cocktails are particularly popular, but the must-try is the Sexy Spritzaki: the Misirlou take on a spritz, with a couple of secret ingredients.
If you like the sound of Lesbos check out the best things to see and do in the area, before going to some of the best restaurants on offer. If you feel like exploring further afield, head to Athens and choose between a range of hotels, including boutique accommodation, all bookable through Culture Trip. Make sure to see some of the capital’s most historical sites before you leave.
This is a rewrite of an article originally written by Chrisa Theodoraki