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Molyvos - GIC The Villa Collection

On the northernmost tip of Lesvos, sits the ancient and protected village of Molyvos. It is stone built and red roofed. Even though it is the main visitor attraction on Lesvos, tourism here has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Originally, Molyvos was named after Mythimna, one of the daughters of the first king of Lesvos.

Dominating the village are the remains of the castle, built in the mid 13th century by Byzantines and renovated by the Genoese. Still a working museum, concerts are held here regularly in the summer. Inhabited since antiquity, Molyvos occupies a wonderful defensive position. A maze of cobbled lanes includes a good number of small shops, tavernas and cafes.

As you wander back down through the meandering cobbled streets, you can choose between stopping for a refreshing drink or dining in a balcony restaurant, these are a particular feature of Molyvos. From here, your eye is drawn to the picturesque fishing harbour where local fishermen still venture out everyday so you can be sure to dine on your choice of fresh fish and seafood. The working harbour, with its handful of fish restaurants, is atmospheric.

An arts festival runs in high summer evenings within the castle walls. In July and August there is also an open-air cinema (films in English).

Molyvos has a long pebble beach with sunbeds and seasonal watersports. Alternatively, try Eftalou, just to the east, where you can also experience natural thermal baths.

If you want the feeling that you are walking in the footsteps of the Gods through a beautiful setting, Molyvos cannot be beaten.

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