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Where to Stay on Lesvos and Chios

As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Lesvos & Chios, here's our pick of characterful places to stay.

On Lesvos there are a host of charming places to stay on the coast - we recommend waking up to a welcoming view of the Aegean at Hotel Votsala and heading out for a morning dip before coffee and pastries served by the beach. Or if you'd rather get lost in the hills, discover Toumba eco-farm tucked away in the middle of the island that’s a haven for hikers and horse riders.

Chios' walled medieval villages have to be seen to be believed and beg to be explored for longer than just a day, so we've picked places where you can bed down in lovingly restored cottages within the fortified walls of quaint, maze-like communities. Then head to the cool citrus glades of Kampos to stay in a luxurious old manor house-turned-hotel and experience how the Chiot gentry once lived.

Google map: shows the location and details of all the places to stay, local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities in our Green Traveller's Guide to Lesvos & Chios:

Green = Places to stay Blue = Local food & drink Yellow = Attractions Purple = Activities

Places to stay Lesvos & Chios

Hotel Galini, Lesvos, Greece

A chilled-out little hotel down a quiet side street in town. Galini's rooms are clean and airy, with balconies looking out over the streets. The best bit of a stay here is a chat with charming owner Fani, a font of local knowledge.

Votsala Hotel, Thermi, Lesvos

This colourful, friendly hotel is made up of blocks of apartments facing out to the sea, but it doesn't feel too big or busy - the abundance of flowers dotted about the grounds make a stay here feel like ambling about in someone's garden.

Sunrise Hotel, Molyvos, Lesvos Sunrise's blindingly white apartments are terraced on a gentle slope which looks down over the deep blue Aegean sea and across to the valley of Eftalou. Everything's big at Sunrise, from the beds and the azure swimming pool to the breakfast buffet.

Archontiko Petras 1821, Lesvos, Greece

We love Archontiko's cosy, romantic rooms, and the location of the old-fashioned hotel is just as special - right in the middle of stunning Petra, a stay here combines the buzz of a town location with easy-going beach life as the coast is next door.

Art Lesvos Villas, Mytiline, Lesvos

Modern meets classic in these cheerful holiday homes, with bright red roofs and primary-coloured shutters. A great choice for families, and an easy base for exploring the island. We love the hamper of loca produce waiting on arrival.

Hotel Pearl Bay, Chios, Greece

Pearl Bay is a complex of modern, smart apartment-style rooms arranged around a beautiful swimming pool, across the road from pretty Daskalopetra beach. If you want to be a stone's throw from the coast, this is a great choice.

Spitakia Houses, Chios, Greece

The literal translation of Spitakia is 'little houses', and these charming, beautifully restored cottages dotted about in Avgonima, one of Chios' laid-back medieval villages, are cosy homes from home.

For ideas of local food and drink, visitor attractions and outdoor activities, see our


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