Once home of the legendary poet Sappho, the island of Lesbos, Greece (located 150 mi/240 km northeast of Athens), has been important in the region since 3000 BC. Today, its main attractions are spear fishing and a unique terrain, ranging from rolling fields to pine forests, mountains and (fairly empty) beaches.

Visit the main city, Mytilene, set in a crescent-shaped bay in the shadow of a 14th-century castle. Mytilene is also home to six museums, including a pottery and earthenware museum.

On the west side of the island, near Eressos, are the ruins of the ancient women's commune where Sappho wrote. Although the site is not much more than a crumbled stone wall, visitors still go to pay tribute to the great Greek poet. Writers, actors and artists flock there for summer festivals.

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