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Lesbos, Greece's third-largest island and birthplace of legendary artists and writers (including the poet Sappho) is dense with gnarled olive trees and dappled with mineral springs. The town of Mititlini has good museums but that's about it. For more charm, head to the artist's haven of Molyvos and its smaller villages.
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  • In Mytilini, stroll past the main bazaar street (Ermou) and spend time in the Archaeological Museum of Mytilene, a neoclassical mansion with a collection spanning 5,000 years.
  • Make a pilgrimage to Skala Eressos, the birthplace of the poet Sappho. The town's acropolis is filled with ancient ruins and some of the island's best beaches are nearby.
  • Walk around the exceptionally pretty fishing village of Skala Sikaminias, at the northernmost point of Lesbos. It's serene and down-to-earth, with several good fish tavernas near the dock.


  • During the Molyvos Theater Festival in July and August, expect to see everything from plays to concerts.
  • On August 15th, the islanders of Lesbos celebrate the Feast of the Dormition with drinking, dancing, and eating.

Side Trips

  • Visit Agiassos, 17 mi/27 km southwest of Mytilini, the prettiest hilltown on Lesbos.
  • See the Kastro, a Byzantine-Genoese fortified castle in Molyvos, 38 mi/61 km west of Mytilini.

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