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Lesvos offers a large number and wide variety of beaches from deserted pebble coves to glorious sandy stretches awash with bars, watersports and other tourist facilities. If you're the sort of person who needs to visit a different beach every day of your holiday then this is the island for you. There are beaches where you can windsurf, jet ski and down cocktails at the water's edge. And there are quiet corners where you can safely skinny dip in solitude without the threat of company, even in high season.

The capital Mytilini has a town beach, Tsamakia, flanking the huge walls of the Byzantine castle. You pay to get in and it's by no means one of the island's best beaches but it's handy if you're staying in town and there's a good view of the hill top castle from the sea.

The lake like Gulf of Yera, to the west of the town has several beaches with shallow water and wonderful views across this virtually land locked bay.

At the south eastern corner of the island there's the pebble beach of Haramidha which has several good tavernas. Three kilometres west along the coast there's the more scenic, sandy double cove of Ayios Ermoyenis. The beaches here tend to get crowded, especially at weekends in July and August, because of their proximity to the capital.

The best beach on the south coast is idyllic Vatera which rates as one of the finest stretches of sand in the whole of Greece. The huge beach extends for seven kilometres and is backed by green hills and lapped by wonderfully clean and calm water, making this an ideal spot for families.

Plomari, east along the coast from Vatera, is a traditional town with pretty cobbled streets and old style houses leading down to the fishing harbour and marina. It's a laid back beach resort, swarming with Scandinavian package holidaymakers in high season. This is the place to sample some of the local ouzo which is produced here and is famous throughout Greece.

Melinda, six kilometres west of Plomari, is an attractive fishing village with a 700 metre sand and shingle beach at the mouth of a canyon. To the east of Plomari lies Agios Isidoros which is ideal for snorkelling because although the beach is sandy there's a rocky shelf beneath the crystal clear water.

The busiest and best known beach resort on the island is Skala Eresou on the west coast which attracts a mixed bag of holiday hordes from north European package holidaymakers and hippy types to archaeologists and lesbian groups. The three kilometre sandy beach here comes a close second to Vatera and offers all manner of tourist facilities including seafront tavernas with wooden dining platforms by the water. The resort has developed over the site of ancient Eresos which was the birthplace of Sappho, one of the greatest poets of Ancient Greece. Sappho devoted her erotic poetry to her female followers, prompting speculation about her sexuality and establishing her as an idol for gay women of future generations.

Petra is the most popular beach resort on the north coast but if you're looking for a secluded spot you can walk or take a boat excursion from Mithymna to find one of the many quiet coves which pepper this stretch of coastline.

Eftalou is within easy walking distance of Mithymna and offers a beautiful stretch of black sand and pebble beach along with the thermal baths where you can soak in healing waters of 46C.

Tsonia, 300 kilometres east of Mithymna at the north east tip of the island, is a lovely 600 metre beach of pink volcanic sand. You can reach it by boat or down a dirt track leading from Klio.