Lesbos in ancient Greek, Modern Greek Lésvos is a Greek island in the North Aegean periphery, often called by the name of its capital Mytilene.
The island has several attractions, including cultural (ancient ruins), geological, gastronomic and religious. Lesbos is also known in the ancient world for the quality of its wines and its timber for ships and for its clear blue marble.
The word lesbian derives from the poetry of Sappho, who was born in Lesbos. His poems, the powerful emotional content directed toward other women have often been interpreted as expressing homosexual love. It is because of this association that Lesbos and especially the town of Eresós his supposed birthplace, are frequently visited by tourists lesbians.