Lesbos und Chios – von Çeşme und Ayvalik

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With 3,054 islands, the Republic of Greece manages around 82 percent of all islands in the Mediterranean, but its area is only just under a quarter of the Mediterranean islands and only around 19 percent of the Greek land area.

Almost all Greek islands are located in the Ionian Sea or the Aegean Sea, whose late medieval Italian name arcipelago became the term for archipelagos par excellence. They are roughly divided into the archipelagos of the Ionian Islands in the sea of the same name, while according to ancient tradition the islands of the Aegean Sea are divided into the groups of the Cyclades and Sporades.

Mykonos is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. With the typical white and blue houses, the famous windmills, the colourful harbours, the dream beaches and bays.

Chios - Greek island at the gates of Çeşme

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Chios - Greek island at the gates of Çeşme

For some time now, visiting the Greek island of Chios has been high on my list of places to visit that just need a good reason. My friend Belgin now offered this reason, who suggested a short relaxation trip to the island of Chios at the weekend after a stressful work week.

Lesvos and the refugees - the other side of the coin?

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Lesvos and the refugees - the other side of the coin?

Everyone probably still remembers the images that went around the world from Lesvos during the first refugee crisis. We will not renew these images in our heads, not even here in the travel portal in the News category!

Mithymna on Lesbos - also called Molyvos

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Mithymna on Lesbos - also called Molyvos

During our round trip on the Greek island of Lesbos, our route also led to the north coast of the island of Lesbos to the city of Mithymna, which was already known in ancient times and which today, with its almost 1,670 inhabitants, is often also referred to as Molyvos.

Lesvos - Trip to the Greek Aegean Island near Ayvalık

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Lesvos - Trip to the Greek Aegean Island near Ayvalık

In order to get away from the hectic city of Izmir for a short time, we planned a short weekend trip to Lesvos, the Greek Aegean Island just off the Turkish coast near Ayvalık.

Mytilene on Lesbos - ancient fortress ruins of Mitilini

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Mytilene on Lesbos - ancient fortress ruins of Mitilini

After a restful, quiet night in the small inn of Mitilini, after breakfast we head to the fortress ruins of Mitilini. The low-rise buildings of the town, which has around 30,000 inhabitants, stretch along the hill, which is towered above in an almost semi-circular shape by the massive ruins of the ancient fortress.

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