Built upon the ruins of the ancient city of Mithimna, this well preserved Byzantine castle offers spectacular views of the island and is a popular romantic spot during sunset . In the summer months the castle bustles with cultural activity by hosting events such as the International Festival of Classical Music of Molyvos.
As one of the two biggest petrified forests in the world, this 20 million year old site is of unique geological importance in Europe. The awe-inspiring perfectly preserved trees offer valuable information about the volcanic activity of the island millions of years ago.
Surrounded by mountains and volcanic rock that shape like an amphitheater around it, the beach Skala in the community of Skala Eresou is a place of immense beauty and boasts one of the cleanest patches of sea in the Mediterranean. This is a serene, unpretentious place to unwind and relax.
Mitilini , the capital of Lesbos, is famous for its beautiful architecture, which is described by an elaborate combination of different styles such as neoclassic, renaissance and belle epoque. Strolling its narrow alleys you will discover hidden gems: traditional cafés, antique shops and food markets. Make sure to buy some Ouzo, for which the island is famous.
The green mountain village of Agiasos is a picturesque, traditional community with cobblestone leafy alleys, old style cafés and historic buildings. It has been described as the “small Switzerland” of Greece because of its immaculate clean streets, musical population (it is said that almost everyone in the village plays the santouri!) and the wood and ceramic artefact tradition. Make sure you enjoy some ouzo and greek meze at one of the local cafés, and visit the local shops that sell hand made art.
The ancient hot springs of Eftalou in Molyvos are famous for healing conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, neuralgia and sciatica, to name a few. The springs, that have an average temperature of 46°C, are near the beach of Molyvos and therefore offer an idyllic location for visitors to enjoy both the healing experience and the serene surroundings.
Entrance: 4 euros
Take advantage of the proximity to Turkey and have a day trip from Mytilini to the coastal city of Ayvalik to browse the large Turkish bazaar that takes place every week. The journey is around one hour and 30 minutes long and the round trip ticket costs around 25-30 euros per person.