Learn everything you need to know about Vatera in this guide.
If you’re thinking about a vacation to a place that has a fabulous beach, great outdoor activities, a fascinating history and great architecture, visit Vatera in Lesvos, Greece. Here are some facts about Vatera that you may want to know about first:
- While the island of Lesvos offers many delights for tourists, Vatera Beach is hands down the most popular of them all. It’s one of the longest beaches in the island, although there’s some debate as to whether it’s 7 or 9 kilometers long. What’s not contested is the fact that the beach is lovely, with its clear and clean blue water and white sand that seems to stretch forever.
- Locals don’t call the island by its proper name Lesvos. Most of the time, they just call it Mytilene, which is actually the name of the capital city.
- The island is also a hotspot for lesbian tourism, although not everyone is pleased about the use of the word “lesbian” for gay women. A few years ago, some residents of the island filed a court case demanding that the word “Lesbian” should only be used for residents of Lesvos. (The locals lost their case.)
- Part of the reason why the island is associated with female homosexuality is because of the poet Sappho, who was a woman who wrote some love poetry directed towards other women. Sappho, however, lived about 600 years BC, and the terms “lesbian” and “Sapphic” (pertaining to lesbianism) weren’t used in the modern sense until the 1890s.
- Regardless of your gender or sexuality, you can easily appreciate the long history of the island. Its capital city was founded more than a thousand years before the start of the Christian era.
- The island has had many famous rulers, residents, and visitors. One of its rulers was Pittacus, who is considered one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Aristotle and Epicurus lived here for a while, while the capital city was once besieged by Romans (a young Julius Caesar was among them). Even St. Paul the Apostle stopped in Mytilene once during his travels.
- The island was held by the Turks from 1462 to 1912 when it became part of Modern Greece. That’s exactly 450 years of Turkish rule.
- Here you will find abandoned monuments along the country roads, alongside Venetian fortresses. The island was once held by the Genoese until it was conquered by the Turks.
- One good way to really explore the island is to divide the country into several sections, so you can enjoy each section at your leisure. One popular holiday adventure is to start by staying for a few days in the capital city. Then you can spend several more days in Anaxos, Petra, or Molyvos. Then you can visit Plomari or Kalloni, and finally you can end your travel with either Sigri or Eressos.
The great thing about Vatera is that even when there are lots of people here, you’ll find enough space for your family. You can enjoy the natural beauty quite comfortably.