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General Info
CLIMATE
The climate in Lesvos is the typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm -but not too hot- summers full of sunshine. The months with the highest quantity of rain are December, January, February and November. However, there is plenty of sunshine even during winter.
During summer, minimum temperatures range from 19 to 22 °C, whereas maximum temperatures range from 28 to 31 °C, on average. This is due to the summer breeze and strong northern winds of the Aegean Sea, which keep the temperature at a significantly lower level than that of the mainland. Lesvos has about 2868 hours of sunshine per year, with the months May to August having at least 300 hours per month. Snow in Lesvos is extremely rare. In general, the weather on the island is pleasant and mild all year long.

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.  All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Lesvos is: +30 22510, but in Plomari the code is 22520, and in Kalloni it is 22530. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialling the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver colour), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold colour) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper colour)
1 euro = 100 cents.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.

Getting there
BY AIR
Lesvos features an airport, which is connected with the Athens International Airport but also with airports in other cities and islands in Greece (Thessaloniki, Crete, islands of the Aegean Sea). In addition, the Lesvos’ airport is connected with several airports around the world (with charter flights during summer). The flight duration from Athens is about 35 minutes.
For more information, accurate timetables and tickets costs please visit: Athens International Airport: www.aia.gr
Lesvos Airport “Odyseas Elytis”, Tel.: +30 22510 61490
Thessaloniki Airport “Macedonia”, Tel.: +30 2310 368311

Olympic Air
www.olympicair.com
Tel: 801 801 0101 (land line) / +30 210 3550500

Aegean Airlines

www.aegeanair.com
Tel: 801 11 20000 / +30 210 6261911 (domestic calls)
Tel: +30 210 6261000 (mobiles or calls from abroad)


BY BOAT
Lesvos is connected by boat with the port of Piraeus and the trip duration ranges from 8.5 to 12 hours (the boat usually stops at Chios before arriving to Lesvos). Moreover, the island is connected by boat with Thessaloniki and Kavala on the mainland of Northern Greece and with many Aegean islands: Chios, Ikaria, Kalymnos, Kos, Limnos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, and Syros.
It is also connected on a daily basis via ferry boat with Aivali in Turkey.

For more information, accurate timetables and tickets costs please visit: Nel Lines: www.nel.gr
Aegean Speed Lines: www.bluestarferries.com

Local Transportation

LOCAL BUSES
Lesvos is the third biggest island in Greece and local transportation is well organized. There are buses that connect: Mytilene with Agiasos, Argenos, Gera, Eressos, Sigri, Kalloni, Mesotopos, Napi, Petra, Molyvos, Plomari, Polichnitos, Vrysa, taxiarchis and Mandamados, passing by many picturesque villages and beautiful beaches on the island. There are also monthly bus cards available with 25% of discount.

KTEL (long distance buses) of Lesvos: +30 22510 28873, www.ktel-lesvou.gr

TAXI SERVICE
Taxis are available at multiple spots on the island, and taxis offer high quality services and diversification:

Throughout Lesvos:
a) Lesvos Taxi Services: ideal for Dutch, German, English and of course Greek speakers
www.lesvostaxiservice.webs.com

Tel.: +30 6972203663, +30 6934895338

b) Taxi-Lesvos: Taxis with adjustable seats for disabled people and children
www.taxi-lesvos.gr

Tel.: +30 6945957948

In Mytilene:
Tel.: 2251022919, 2251023500, 2251025900, 2251022064

In Plomari
Plomari Taxi Service ( ): ability to make online reservations.
www.taxi-plomari.gr
Tel.: +30 22520 33559, +30 6932485431

In Petra:
Tel.: +30 22530 42022

In Mithymna:
Tel.: +30 22530 71480

In Papadou-Geras:
Tel.: +30 2251082020
 

WATER TAXI
There are no water taxis at Lesvos.

 

BOAT
Lesvos has some amazing isolated beaches and visitors may choose among many alternatives when considering a boat trip. There are sailing trips, boat trips around the island, boat trips to islands nearby or Turkey, etc. Information is available in local travel agencies.


Local Services

BANKS & ATMS
There are several bank branches in Lesvos (also hosting ATMs), situated in Mytilene, Kalloni, Papados, Plomari and Polichnitos.

MONEY EXCHANGE

Money can be exchanged in the bank branches listed above.                                                              

POST OFFICE
The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post offices of the island in Hora where there is also a branch of the Hellenic Post Bank. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. You shouldn’t expect to find such boxes in the island. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.
The Post Office in Lesvos is very well organized and has branches in several places such as  Agia Paraskevi , Agiasos , Antissa , Eressos,  Kalloni,  Mantamadou,  Mythimna,  Mytilene,  Pappados, Petra Post, Plomari, Polichnitos, , Pythagorio.

POLICE STATION
There are police stations in the following locations on the island:
Mytilene: Tel.: +30 22510 58800, e-mail: adlesvou@hellenicpolice.gr
Andissa: Tel.: +30 2253056222
Agiasos: Tel.: +30 2252022777 
Kalloni: Tel.: +30 2253022100
Plomari: Tel.: +30 2252032222

MUNICIPALITY OF LESVOS
The Municipality of Lesvos has a functional website in terms of information provided: http://www.mytilene.gr.
Tel.: +30 2251027777, e-mail: dimos@mytilene.gr                                                                   


Useful Numbers

Radio Taxi: 2251023500, 2251025900, 2251022064
Municipal Police: 2251043338  
Tourist Police: 2251022776
Lesvos Port Authority: 108, 2251040827, 2251024115
Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30 2109699101-3
Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174


EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Police: 100
Fire Department: 199
Ambulance: 166

HEALTH
Andissa Health Centre:  Tel.: +30 22530 56440  
Kalloni Health Centre:  Tel.: +30 22530 22222  
Plomari Health Centre: Tel.: +30 22520 32151  
Pollichnitos Health Centre:  Tel.: +30 22520 41111  


PHARMACY
There are about 90 pharmacies in Samos, situated in Mytilene, Kalloni, Agiasos, Polichnitos, Andissa, Mythimna, Taxiarxhes, Papados, Palaiokipos, Petra, Mantamados, Mistegna, Eressos, Agia Paraskevi and in other villages.
Interesting information is available on the website of the Lesvos Pharmaceutical Association: www.fsl.gr



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