Readings about Lesbos

The following books provide interesting reading and photographs of Lesvos. 

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Flavours of Greece - Rosemary Barron

Published by Grub Street
ISBN: 190401061X
Not about Lesvos, but this is a beautiful book of Greek recipes, which is most useful for trying to recapture some of the magic of your holiday in Greece.

Tastes of the Aegean - Dora Parisi

Published by Topio Publications
ISBN: 960-7646-22-4
This is a book of interesting local recipes written by a native of Molyvos.

Aeolian Lesbos - Liza Evert

Published by Constellation Books
ISBN: 960-85458-3-8
This is a truly wonderful book, full of information about Lesvos. It also features Liza Everts beautiful photographs of the island.

Kalloni Tour of Central Lesvos

Published by Topio Publications
ISBN: 960-7646-26-6
A beautiful book with some wonderful photographs, concentrating on the area around Kalloni.

Lesbos from Sappho to Elytis

Published by Topio Publications
ISBN: 960-85101-9-8
This is another book which is stuffed full of gorgeous photographs of the island.

Molyvos - Methymna, Lesvos

Published by Topio Publications
ISBN: 960-7646-37-1
This is a nice little production, with some interesting photographs and paintings of Molyvos and the surrounding area.

Theophilos Paintings

Published by Municipality of Mytilini - Theophilos Museum
This is a lovely book of paintings by the famous Lesvos naive artist.

39 Coffee Houses and a Barber's Shop - Jelly Hadjidimitriou

Published by Crete University Press
ISBN: 960-524-044-0
This great book features Jelly's photographs of some of the old kafenions which still exist on Lesvos.

The Sacred Water - Jelly Hadjidimitriou

ISBN: 960-90330-0-8
This is a beautiful book of Jelly's photographs of some of the old spas and baths on Lesvos.

Lesvos Car Tours and Walks - Brian and Eileen Anderson

Published by Sunflower Books
ISBN: 1-85691-237-X
This pocket guide contains a number of car tours and walks in all the main areas of the island. There are maps and colour photos throughout.

On Foot in North Lesvos - Mike Maunder

Published by M Maunder
ISBN: 0-9539214-3-3This is a nice little book of walks around the Molyvos area that Mike has put a lot of love and care into. This is also available locally in both German and Dutch versions.
Walks in North Lesvos : Walks from Anaxos and Petra

Published by Marengo Publications
ISBN: 190-0802-48-1

Birding on the Greek Island of Lesvos - Richard Brooks

Published by Brookside Publishing
ISBN: 095-2724-92-8

Complete Mediterranean Wildlife Photoguide - Paul Sterry

Published by Collins
ISBN: 0002201615
This is a useful little guide, which we have found very helpful in identifying the more common species of plants and animals we encounter.

Plant List for Lesvos - L Chilton

Published by Marengo Publications
ISBN: 190-0802-50-3

Lesbos Map

Published by Road EditionsThis is a very detailed 1:70 000 map of the island, compiled with the help of military maps.
It is very useful if you intend to explore the island by car.


LANDSCAPES OF LESVOS - By Brian & Eileen Anderson
ISBN: 1-85691-237-X

Sunflower Books is pleased to announce a new addition to their immensely popular "Landscapes" series. The island of Lesvos is a paradise for walkers. Cloaked with forests of chestnut and oak, the hills and mountains are riddled with little known ancient trails and cobbled donkey paths, many of which form the walks featured in this new guidebook. Lesvos was the birthplace of famous figures from history, the poetess Sappho and the father of botany, Theophrastus, amongst others. The island becomes a riot of flowers in the spring and is famous for its wild orchids (as many as 65 species) with its own special endemic, Orphys lesbis.

The island boasts two of the finest natural phenomena in Europe: the Petrified Forest at Sigri and the Palaeolithic fossils of extinct fauna and flora species found at Vatera. It is a treasure house of very early ancient remains from the 7th century B.C. onwards, its period of greatness.

With the publication of Landscapes of Lesvos, the island is set to become an exciting new walking destination in the Mediterranean.


LESVOS GUIDES – VATERA – Around and About
by Brian & Eileen Anderson
ISBN: 960-87892-0-6

The accomplished Writers Guild authors, Brian and Eileen Anderson, have written this guide. It is a detailed walking guide of ten walks in the very little known area of Vatera and the wider region of Polichnitos with new, authentic illustrations and detailed maps. Car tours are also included in the guide.





ISBN: 1-84306-118-X

This is another highly informative visitors guide published by Landmark (a popular brand with a loyal customer base) and written by Brian and Eileen Anderson. It is easy to use and a convenient size covering this beautiful unspoilt Greek island with clear graphics standing out on a crowded shelf. It includes:

·          Car tours and town trails with accompanying maps and historical background notes

·          Fact File – practical travel advice including local customs, accommodation, entertainment and advice for the disabled.

·          Full colour photography with road maps and feature boxes.

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