Do you often dream of having a place to escape to – a place that’s as isolated as it is beautiful? Maybe, even, your very own island? Well, you might be in luck: a gorgeous Greek island is officially for sale. And at a reasonable cost.
Little Lesbos, a humble 16-acre landmass in the Aegean Sea, has been put on the international market for the first time ever. The small Mediterranean island is currently at an asking price of 633,680 euros, roughly converting to 787,990 U.S. dollars.
The island is just minutes away by boat from Lesbos, Greece’s third largest island, and sits directly across the quiet village of Pamfila. From the town – accessibly by airplane or boat – it’s only a 10-minute drive to Mytilene, Lesbos’s capital and main port, which carries with it a dense history. Founded in the eleventh century BC, the ancient family of Penthilidae first ruled the city-state till Pittacus of Mytilene, one of the Seven Sages of Greece, ended their rule with a renowned revolt.
Sharing Lesbos ethereal waters and historical context, Little Lesbos is currently uninhabited – however, those willing to purchase the island can apply for a building at local government agencies.
State agents selling the coastal mass explain that Mediterranean private islands rarely appear on the market, the Daily Mail reports, and even less so at such a relatively low asking price.
“This is a one of a kind. The waters surrounding the island are clear and tranquil,”said Sabine Rollinger of Vladi Private Islands, which is marketing the sale. “Fresh water can be gained by installing rain catching or desalination systems. Sewage can be brought over to the mainland or composted.”
One meaning of the word “lesbian” derives from the poems of Sappho, a Greek lyric poet who was born in Lesbos and wrote emotionally charged verses directed toward other women. Due to this association, the LGBT community visits Lesbos and especially the town of Eresos, Sappho’s birthplace, very frequently.
Meanwhile, mythology indicates that Zeus – the “Father of Gods and men” – visited Lesbos over 3,000 years ago to put a curse on the island after his advances were rejected by a lesbian woman living there. After 40 years, the curse was lifted. Visitors to Lesbos, however, were unable to find a single sexually mature man on the island after the punishment. And, as the story goes, only women who were sexually involved with other women populated the area.