"Mytilini" Mytilini by StefanosS

Mytilini Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 10 photos

The town of Mytilini, which lies on the SE coast of Lesvos island, is a modern town with many elements from the past. It is the island capital and the chair of the Prefecture of Lesvos; an administrative, commercial and cultural centre with a population of 40.000.

Present-day Mytilini occupies seven hills, while its fortress, one of the largest in the Mediterranean, lies on a pine-covered hillock to the east of the town. What is remarkable about the castle hillock is that, up until the 1st century AD, it comprised a separate island. Later, the sea distance separating it from the adjacent town of Mytilini was gradually eliminated by soil deposits which formed banks; thus the town expanded westward. There is evidence that the castle islet was linked to the opposite coasts via bridges during the classical times. A channel, the opening of which was found in the Epano Skala district, linked the northern and southern port.

The waterfront of the inner port (southern) lends the town its special colour. As the boat approaches the island, a combination of old manor houses and contemporary buildings comes into view. Along the waterfront, visitors come across the New Municipal Theatre, the Town Hall, the well-restored neo-classical style buildings, as well as banks, hotels, coffee shops, sweet shops, restaurants, travel agencies, shipping company offices etc. The waterfront is ideal for a "promenade", particularly during the evening. This is when the light peers over the hills, lending colour to the port, and a sense of serenity to its visitors.

  • Last visit to Mytilini: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Jun 23, 2005 at 2:11 AM

    it is a big temptation to settle there and stay till the rest of our lives


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