Lesvos or Lesbos lies among the north-eastern Aegean islands and close to the Turkish mainland.
Also called by its capital town of Mytilini, It's relatively isolated with the nearest islands of note being Chios to the south and Limnos to the north, both some distance away.
Big and beautiful, Lesvos is the third largest of the Greek islands and although it has stretched its arms wide to embrace the tourist market it still exudes a traditional small Greek island atmosphere.
The island has its own airport that can take regular holiday charter flights so Lesvos doesn't have to rely on ferries to bring in the business.
And where holiday tourism is evident on Lesvos, it does not dominate. The production of exceptional olive oil and trademark ouzo are still two of the island's most important industries.
Lesvos islanders have a proud identity marked by long cultural traditions and this has tempered the demands of holiday companies.
The beaches may not be as many, nor the landscape as lovely as some other Greek islands but this is still a quietly impressive destination for discerning holidaymakers.
The main attractions are the traditional Greek way of life, the varied landscape, the quaint hill villages and a sprinkling of splendid beaches.