The reputation of Lesvos is inextricably linked with Sappho, the greatest lyric poet of all time, who was born in Eresos and who lived in Mytilene during the 6th century. The sexual orientation of Sappho and her association with female homosexuality have always been a matter of dispute amongst intellectuals. However, unconcerned by such matters, “lesbians” from around the world come every year to Lesvos and particularly to Eresos, in a kind of “pilgrimage”.
Skala Eresos, with its stunning, sandy beach and its relaxed atmosphere, has succeeded over the course of time to embrace women from all over the world, who return, time and time again, every summer to the place where they feel safe, free and accepted. There is room enough for women seeking their privacy as well as for couples, for women who prefer peace and quiet as well as for those seeking fun at the bars and on the beach.
The largest turnout of women occurs in September, during which the International Women’s Festival takes place, starting the first weekend of the month. For two weeks, women can participate in artistic and cultural events and seminars, during which they can express their creative side, or simply enjoy the sea, sports and the “sweet life” in Skala. In the evenings, the bars, hosting a range of well-known D.J’s, continue with the “baton” of fun. As part of the Festival festivities, excursions to various parts of the island are organized, thus providing everyone the opportunity to get to know the remaining beauties of the island.