The beaches at Ancient Antissa are rocky and generally shallow. Surrounded by farms and green fields there are also a few tavernas with fresh fish and cold beer. Coming from Campo Antissa you have to ford a river in your car. It's no big deal for the car and the kids love it.
The long and usually empty beach at Campo Antissa is one of my favouites. The beach itself is rocky but it gives way to soft sand a few meters into the water. There is a turtle pond here too. Very secluded and even more so if you walk west.
If you are swimming naked keep in mind that you may have an occasional visitor. To get to Campo Antissa take the Gavatha exit on the road to Eressos, just beyond the Perivoli Monastery.
Faneromeni beach is a couple of kilometers north of Sigri, easy to get to by car and wild when the wind blows from the North
The beach at Gavatha below Antissa is quite beautiful but used to suffer from an inferiority complex. The problem was the seaweed that got deposited in mounds on the shore with certain currents. The problem is solved and Gavatha is as nice as any beach on the island.
This beach near Kalo Limani we were unable to find out the name of but it is easily recognized because there are only two structures on it. On one side of the beach is a small church and on the other is a camper trailer. So we called it Trailer Park Beach. It's near Skalahori.
The enormous sheltered bay of Kaloni has several beaches. The most popular is the beach at Skala Kaloni which is a resort style with umbrellas, beach chairs, cafes and restaurants. The water is very shallow and easy for kids but not really that crystal clear sea most people come to Greece for.
The beach at Sigri is long, sandy and shallow. It's in a sheltered bay and there are some tourist facilities. Nice view of the castle from the beach.
Most of the people who come to Sigri are the remnants of the British package tours, which have gone elsewhere. Good riddance. Nice restaurants, cafes and village. Plenty of hotels too.
The best beach in Lesvos, if not all of Greece is Skala Eressos. The beach can be divided into several sections. The photo here is in front of the cafes and restaurants that are built out on decks. The sea is usually not this rough. Looking west is the main part of the beach. Beyond the umbrellas people bathe nude.
There is also a lake full of turtles. To the east of the town is the sheltered beach in the fishing harbor and a rocky beach beyond that is great for snorkeling.
Skala Eressos is a perfect beach for families with kids, honeymooners, young and old people too. Everything is within walking distance of the beach. In fact everything is within crawling distance of the beach.
The beach of Tavari, below Mesotopos is sandy and shallow. There are a few cafes and a fishing harbor and it stays pretty empty until mid-July.
Tsichlioda beach on the dirt road between Sigri and Eressos is remote and beautiful but you better drive carefully. There are a couple of bumps that can do a number on a small car.