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Mytilene is really a strikingly beautiful Island, rich in culture and vibrant. Because Mytilini is a city and can be hot in the summer as cities can be, most people who visit Lesvos don't spend their holiday here, opting for the beach towns of Molyvos, Vatera, Skala Eressos, Plomari and Sigri which are more the type of places people have in mind when they go on vacation.

 Today it houses about 35,000 occupants. The very first thing you get to see here will probably be a pine-covered hill, the historic fortress of Mytilene and opposite the primary harbor, the vivid caiques, the large  sailboats, and  businesses and stylish hotels. Mytilene is all about art, heritage, verdant hillsides and beaches. 

 Located in the east Aegean, near the coast of Anatolian Poultry (across from Dikili), Lesvos may be the third biggest Greek island and probably the most populous. Because the birthplace from the classic Greek poetess, Sappho, its title is becoming connected with lesbianism towards the annoyance of a few of the less tolerant citizens. Some regions of the area have cheated the association, but typically, the area is rather traditional. Ships pier within the large port at Mytilene (typed a number of ways when transliterated towards the Latin alphabet), where nearly half the island's population lives. The dominant feature from the city may be the large medieval castle that sits north from the port with an impressive hill. West from the port would be the ancient Greek language theater as well as an impressive portion of Roman aqueduct. South from the city are a couple of popular art museums, the Teriades Museum featuring illustrations by most of the 20th century's great artists and the other devoted towards the local folk artist, Theofilos, whose colorful wall art were only appreciated after his dying.

 Manufacture of essential olive oil and ouzo are a fundamental part of the hawaiian islands economy and around ouzo distilleries and also the oil press at Papados are well-liked by vacationers. Several scenic monasteries are available to the general public, including Limonos Monastery, Ipsilou Monastery and Agios Raphael Monastery. Scenic mountain and fishing towns us dot the big island - Agiasos within the central hillsides, Plomari around the southern coast, and Mithymna (Molyvos) in the north with another impressive fortress.

 

The area features two impressive bays which are nearly completely enclosed by land, that offer moving wild birds an irresistible preventing point. Around the west side from the island is definitely an impressive section of scared forest.

 

The chapel of Agios Therapon rules the region using its impressive architecture and stately domes. Behind the city and all sorts of around it are its mountain tops densely carpeted with pines and olives.

 

There's a good deal for you to see within this town. Alongside in which the ferries pier, there's the Historical museum. North from the museum may be the neighborhood of Kioski using its old mansions rising the hill for the fortress of Mytilene. The Genoan Francesco Gattiluci refurbished the Byzantine fortress in 1373.

 

Visitors can wander within the old area of the town to check out the shops and revel in a nearby lunch in the area restaurants where local cuisine is offered in addition to meat and seafood dishes.

 

Pier Information

The ship is going to be docking in the port of Mytilene. The city is really a short very close to the harbor, to achieve the city of Mytilene that is outdoors the main harbor.

 

Mytilene (Mytilini) Points of interest

The sights and ruins of Mytilene's castle could be arrived at by taxi or when walking in the hill in the port. Built around the remains of the acropolis, the castle was initially built like a bulwark against pirates within the fifth century AD, reconstructed through the Genovese within the 14th century, and again through the Turks within the 17th century. The huge structure may be the city's most widely used historic attraction. West of town would be the limited remains of the ancient theater and (about 6 kilometers away) a remarkable segment of Roman aqueduct from round the turn from the 3rd century AD.

 

South from the primary town may be the suburb of Veria, where two popular museums were established through the art patron Teriades. The favorite features the job of local artist, Theofilos, whose colorful naive work demonstrates Greek historic occasions. The 2nd museum, known as the Teriades Museum following the founder, features book illustrations by Chagall, Picasso, Matisse along with other important twentieth century artists.

 

Monasteries and Forts

Aside from the Mytilene Castle, Lesvos also features the Genovese castle around the north coast from the island at Molyvos (formerly referred to as Mythimna). The impressive thirteenth-15th century structure sits on the hill over the port and is among the best maintained fortresses within the Eastern Mediterranean. Built initially through the Genoese to arrive at agreeable Turks, it grew to become an essential aspect in the Turks’ defense from the island.

 

Probably the most visited monastery around the island is Limonos Monastery, built throughout Turkish rule within the 16th century. The scenic place is indicated by barrel-tiled domes on small chapels and celebrated sights from the countryside. The library at Limonos is well known because of its important collection. Certain parts of the monastery do not let entrance to women. Agios Raphael Monastery is really a 15th century structure built not lengthy prior to the invasion from the Turks by monk named Raphael. The monastery is a well-liked pilgrimage place for Orthodox followers and holds a unique devote the struggle of Greek Christian believers from the Ottomans because Raphael was tortured and wiped out throughout the Ottoman takeover.

 

Lesvos Towns

The populous island of Lesvos is dotted with small mountain and seaside towns that welcome site visitors and provide a slice of Aegean existence featuring rustic charm, genuine cuisine and native items in configurations of mostly unspoiled sights. The mountain village which has most accepted the tourist trade is Agiasos, no more than 40 minutes from Mytilene and located on a hill and including the narrow winding roads, coffee shops, bookstores, and shops which haven't transformed considerably for many years. Plomari may be the second biggest settlement around the island and the middle of ouzo and essential olive oil production. The Barbayannis Ouzo Museum shows a brief history from the first company to create the strong anise-flavored liquor. A conventional essential olive oil press could be visited not even close to Plomari in Papados.

 

Lesvos Natural Points of interest

Probably the most striking physical feature of Lesvos may be the two large, nearly enclosed gulfs that are accessible through narrow channels across the southern coast. The more compact gulf is called Geras and isn't not even close to Mytilene. The bigger is Kalloni and it is famous because of its watching birds. Actually, Aristotle spent many years there watching character and writing on biology and character. Together with wild birds other site visitors to Kalloni Bay are sardines, porpoises, and closes. Close to the mouth from the Kalloni Gulf may be the beach of Vatera, which provides more bird watching possibilities. Around the arid gulf from the island is definitely an area maintained like a national park featuring a comprehensive forest.

 

Other Sights

 

Theofillos

The Theofillos museum houses 86 functions by the famous Lesvos folk painter. (It's closed on Mondays)

 

Historical Museum

The Museum can be found 100 m in the terminal. It is a conventional mansion with essential findings.

 

Beaches

The nearest beach to Mytilene town may be the EOT Plaz, situated roughly 200 meters from the primary terminal, at about a 10 minute walk from the terminal

 

Eating Out

Lesvos and particularly the region known as Kaloni from the island is known for its sardines that is usually either grilled or put fresh in large barrels, covered in rock salt and consumed following a couple of days. Generally Lesvos has excellent traditional cuisine, offered at the neighborhood taverns and restaurants in Mytilene.

 

Mytilini is a city and a good sized one by Greek island standards. There are lots and lots of good places to eat because generally they are not cooking for tourists, trying to give visitors what they think they will want. The restaurants are for the locals who are here year round which is why when tourists who are only familiar with food from the popular islands in the Cyclades come here, they can't believe how good it is and how inexpensive it is.

 

 The main event is generally fish but there are loads and loads of restaurants that specialize in meat called psistarias and psitopoleios which serve grilled local beef, pork, and especially lamb and goat. Even the fish restaurants will serve paidaikia (lambchops), brizoles (beef and pork steaks), loukaniko (sausage), and some kind of souvlaki-shishkebab. There are fast food joints on the harbor road that serve gyro and souvlakia as well as ice-cream and sweet shops, and all the hip cafes on the waterfront serve food whether it is sandwiches or pastas and international dishes. There is even an Italian restaurant that serves pizza and pasta on Ermou Street on the way to the old harbor.

 

Shopping

Within the town of Mytilene, walking within the narrow lanes you'll find dozens of souvenir shops, which are open all day long. Additionally, you will have the ability to find local produce for example essential olive oil, fresh olives, soaps and ceramics.

 

On Ermou Street, the main shopping street of Mytilene, in the area of the old market (palia agora), there used to be several antique shops (paliatzidhika), of which only two now survive. The first is at Ermou 194 and is owned by a very pleasant fellow, Chrysostomos Psiroukis (mobile: +30-6944209848). His shop is full of bric-a-brac and interesting objects, with some small furnishings. Particularly nice is his collection of brass platters and cookware, most of which are tinned. (Over the years, we've greatly expanded our own collection by purchasing ones we like from Chrysostomos. Although we don't use them for cooking, they are beautiful objects to display and are also very useful for drying herbs, like oregano or lavender. His prices are very reasonable and bargaining is totally acceptable.)

 

Further down Ermou Street towards the old harbor and before you reach the Grand Mosque, there is another antique shop on the other side of the street. This is run by the woman who has the shoe store directly across the street from the antique shop. Her store is full of old furniture, as well as porcelain and other objects. However, her prices are more expensive than Chrysostomos's, but she also has a more varied selection.

 

Both shops are at the risk of disappearing like the rest of the antique shops in the old market, due to the gradual gentrification of the street. Both proprietors are not internet savvy, and claim that online shopping has greatly diminished their merchandise turnover. But walking down Ermou Street through the old market is worthwhile - the buildings are historic and beautiful, in addition to the many shops selling art, jewelry and hand-painted pottery - and towards the end of the street, there are several good places to eat in the row of restaurants along the old harbor's waterfront.

 



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