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Alternative Sailing



ALTERNATIVE SAILING, the key to Aegean Nature

Dream of a Sea where...
The wind blows most of the year, playfully changing its force and direction, challenging your sailing skills.
There are no strong currents and no tides.
You can have all the navigation aids you want but still there will be something interesting to be discovered.
You can easily pass from the crowds to the total loneliness in a few miles trip.
There are no sharks or poisonous "monsters" to threaten you.
You do not need to wear more than a T-shirt.
You can sail through the centuries since on almost every cape you can spot the ruins of an ancient temple or castle.
You can rest on a volcanic rock and relocate yourself in Nature while listening to the song of a blackbird in the Sunset.

Then, make your dreams come true!
Sail the Aegean with ALTERNATIVE SAILING because we hold one of the keys to the Aegean Nature.

Even more, your special interests and hobbies can be combined with sailing vacations.
Scuba diving, sea-kayak, hiking, biking, 4Χ4, windsurfing, bird-watching, horse riding, natural thermal spas, photography, painting, history, archaeology, laography, architecture and above all, the traditional flavors of the Greek dishes cooked either on board or in selected local taverns.

We do not try to fill up your vacation's program with various activities in order to make it more interesting.
On the contrary, among the plethora of choices in every destination, we pick and propose to you the most authentic and characteristic of the Culture and Nature of our area so you will easily taste them with all your senses.
If you are looking for something more than sunbathing and night-life then let us be your guides to North Aegean and Lesvos island. The place announced as "Global Geopark" by UNESCO.
We look forward to welcoming you on board !!!

Alternative Sailing
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Lesbos Travel



Our concept - to experience authentic Lesvos

We - Sabine and Dirk - have spent a lot of time on Lesvos and now live here. Through our registered company, Lesbos-Travel, we would like to show "our" island to interested travelers of any age.

The island of Lesvos has many facets: rocky desert landscapes in the west, mountain regions with peaks up to 1000 meters, a coastline with beautiful bays and long sandy beaches with crystal clear water, hot curative springs, large forest regions, 11 million olive trees, natural flora and fauna, waterfalls with lots of water even during the summer, charming small towns and mountain villages, art and culture, ancient temples and monuments, museums, ouzo distilleries, and more. This list is long and shows clearly that Lesvos is never boring.

The options for enjoying food and drink are extensive - with wonderful local fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, prepared for you at cafes, ouzeries, simple tavernas and restaurants. We have experienced authentic Greek hospitality on this island - and we appreciate it. We visited many places as a guest and left as a friend.

Lesvos has a tourism infrastructure, although still in a modest way. There are many atmosheric fishing villages around the island (eg Skala Polichnitou, Skala Eressou, Plomari, Kalloni) which welcome tourists to share their ambience, whilst getting on with their own day to day occupations, or staring out to sea over a coffee or ouzo. In the north, particularly in Molivos and Petra, you will see more tourists strolling around, enjoying their summer holidays, staying in small hotels, villas and houses. The style of these costal villages is still traditional, but luckily, many areas of the island have no tourists at all - beautiful, authentic and untouched.

Lesbos-Travel promotes individual and sustainable tourism on Lesvos. We would like to give you the chance to experience the island extensively - on your own with our support, or together with us. There are various possibilities: guided mountain bike or hiking tours, countryside and herbal walks, boat trips to hidden beaches with swimming and BBQs on the beach, cooking classes, exploring temples, churches and monasteries, going to the picturesque villages of the island, visiting the museums and so on.

Sometimes it may be sufficient just to get advice from us, such as where to find a stunning beach, or an amazing place to have dinner.

We offer handpicked rooms and private accommodation in many beautiful inland and coastal villages of the island. Our focus is on the quieter, less touristy areas. All accommodation is selected by us and we regularly visit the places to make sure that we are happy with their standards.

Lesbos-Travel will create an individual programme, tailored to suit you, to make your holiday here an unforgettable experience. We will help you see the island through our eyes, participating and benefiting from our knowledge.

NB: What we offer is personal and authentic, not driven by the "big profit" tourism industry. Neither are we experts in web design. We know and love the island of Lesvos. Our aim is to share this love with you, our customers. We are convinced that is what makes the difference !


Mobil: 0049 172 8022147 (auch Whatsapp/Viber/FaceTime)
Mobil: 0030 698 6637872
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Pandora Travel

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Welcome to Pandora Travel! My name is Sigrid van der Zee and I love to welcome you to 'my' island - Lesvos.
In 2000 I traded my native Netherlands for Greece. After much deliberation I put an end to my career in journalism, sold my house and possessions and travelled by minibus to Lesvos. An uncertain adventure - I had no idea how I was going to earn a living on my dream island. I eventually became clerk, fisherman, olive picker, bar tender, waitress, hot spring administrator, mother, wife, author of hiking guides, tour leader and guide. Since the spring of 2013, I am now the founder and owner of Pandora Travel.

Pandora Travel is housed in a former kafenion in Lisvori, a village in the south of Lesvos, next to the house where I live with my Greek husband Mitsos and son Nikolas. Mitsos earns a living as a farmer and fisherman.

The scenery on Lesvos is never boring. The diversity is unparalleled and the island is so big that I still manage to find myself somewhere where I have never been before. And every time I get carried away by the beauty and tranquility. The island has no mass tourism: the main domestic products are olive oil, dairy, fish and ouzo.

Pandora (Πανδώρα) means both 'bearer of all the gifts' as well as 'gifted'. In mythology, Pandora was the first woman, who was formed out of water and earth by Hephaestus. Pandora carried a box with her; its contents brought little happiness. But Pandora Travel's box is filled with all the gifts of the beautiful island of Lesvos and her gifted guides.

My ambition is clear: I want to give a look behind the scenes of this beautiful island. Something a little different from the usual travel program.
Leisure and theme holidays for small groups of people, such as nature tours through the fascinating landscape by jeep, hiking and 'shopping' in nature (a Greek never walks without a shopping list), Greek cooking and horseback riding through the mountains. And do you have an idea yourself? A special wish for something you want to do? I can help you with the organization of a tailor-made tour! I work with the most talented guides in Lesvos, both Greek and international.

Book a tour or theme holiday online or contact us with all your questions!


Pandora Travel
In the main street (Agora) of Lisvori
813 00, Lesvos, Greece

mobile: +30 69 86 72 99 92
Tel:  +30 22520 42080
Fax:  +30 22520 42080
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Votsala Hotel

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Vostala Concept:

Some years ago we have been asked by the Greek authorities to answer a questionaire. Here is a small taste of it:

- Do you have a swimming pool? ...you get 300 points if you offer it.
- We are right on the beach, why do we need a swimming pool!
- Sorry our question concerns the pool not the sea. "Do you have a swimming pool?"
- Hmm, no but we have the Aegean Sea ...
- Zero points, next question: "Do you have a Greek Tavern in the hotel?
- We provide dinner twice a week and lunch everyday except Sunday.
- This means you don't offer a real restaurant. Zero points!
- ...but why, there are real Greek taverns at the nearby fishing port, why keep our guests far from the Greek reality? If they do not like to eat together with Greeks and what the Greeks eat why are they here?
- I understand you have no Disco... Zero points!
- Wrong! Our guest give us1000 points for this and we are proud of not offering all this rubbish just to keep your bureaucracy satisfied! Sorry Sir, but your criteria are not the same as our criteria, we will go on as we like and it is our guests who will decide who is wrong and who is right!

Iannis & Daphne

GR-81100 Lesvos, Greece
Tel: 00302251071231
Fax: 00302251071179
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Contact Hours

Monday through Friday: 9am - 9pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Sunday: all day riding!