Highlights of Molyvos town in Lesvos
Molyvos’ harbour and colourful houses
Your walking tour starts in Molyvos’ picturesque little harbour, on the edge town, where kaikia (traditional fishing boats) and other vessels bob before a handful of cafes and tavernas. You’ll be tempted to stop for coffee and soak up the atmosphere but we’re sending you along the narrow cobblestoned road that leaves the harbour and runs along the coast road at the foot of town. On your left, Molyvos’ colourful houses rise up the hillside and below you to the right is the Aegean Sea. Choose a road leading into town and explore the alleyways leading up towards the castle.
Molyvos castle is the second biggest castle in size and significance in Lesvos. It is (for the most part) the work of the Venetians, with subsequent additions and restorations having been made during the Ottoman occupation. The castle is built on the site of the acropolis of the ancient city of Mithymna, dating to (at least) the 5th century BC, according to remains discovered under the two towers. From the top of the castle, the view of Molyvos and the Aegean is one of the best in Lesvos.
The Ottoman Baths
Descending from the castle, head to the Ottoman Baths on Kastrou (Castle) Street. Constructed around the 19th century as part of a wider complex of Ottoman-era buildings in the area, the baths have now been absorbed into the wider settlement. Architecturally, however, they are considered one of the most important surviving buildings from Ottoman times, comprising separate public baths for men and women and having been an important part of the religious rituals of the time.
The open-air cinema
The next stop on your walking tour is the open-air cinema, Cine Arion, by the olive groves on the way out of town. It’s a great location for catching a film under the summer stars and a highlight of any holidays in Lesvos, with the atmosphere changing as the sun sets and the illuminated castle visible in the background.
Dropping back to the coast road, you reach Molyvos beach and the perfect ending to your walking tour. With a mix of sand and fine pebbles, it is fully organised with umbrellas, sunbeds and other amenities. But it’s also big enough for you to find an isolated spot and completely unwind. If your walking tour of Molyvos is during the day, bring your swimwear and have a dip, followed by a meal with a sea view.