Molivos

Molivos

Molyvos, also known as Mythimna, is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Lesvos situated in the North, 60 km from Mytilene, the capital of the island. Molyvos is a traditional preserved settlement attracting thousands of visitors with its natural beauty and picturesque corners. Narrow alleys winding around the traditional stone built houses, the Turkish style fountains and beautiful mansions compose an idyllic setting.

The Castle of Molyvos (or Mythimna) was probably constructed in the mid 13th century and it was renovated in 1373 by the Genovese Frangisk I Guateluzo. However, it also went under reformations by the Turks in 1462, so it is evident that the architectural style went under many changes. Molyvos is also known as the birthplace of Arion, the first guitar player in written history, and favourite spot for poets, painters and intellectuals all around the world. 

You can visit the Byzantine Castle, the excavations that highlight Ancient Mithymna, the Ottoman baths, the Conference Hall, the Public Library with its rich material, the Municipal Art Gallery with works of great Greek artists, the Kralli Mansion, housing a Dept of the School of Fine Arts of Athens, a beautiful old mansion with frescoes dating back to the 18th century.
Most inhabitants have souvenir shops, tavernas and fishing boats.