Molivos, Lesvos Island.
Thursday 22nd August, 2013.
We are getting use to Mitilini and have found the town more inviting then first impressions. We sat and had coffee overlooking the large harbour this morning while waiting for the coach to go to Molivos. One of the little fishing boats came in and he weighed his fish and bagged it and off he went on his scooter with the fish sitting between him and the hand bars. Hardly anyone wears a helmet and it is not uncommon to see three or four people going along on one scooter. There are old fashion shops selling everything you can think of along with modern ones selling the latest fashions. The streets are usually cobbled and they often are not straight so it appears as if there is not as many shops as there are.
The coach trip took just over one hour forty minutes and we enjoyed seeing the countryside and some of the 11 million olive trees the island is famous for. Unlike Pelion area on the mainland where the olive trees have been hit by too much rain, wind or frost the trees on Lesvos are full of olives.
Molivos has a huge castle at the top of the hill with a small fishing harbour at the end of the road. The houses are all very well presented and lots have balconies looking across the small islands in the bay. It is a very popular holiday resort and there are many hotels along the beach area.
The grave of Palamedes, the Achaian warrior buried by Achilles is in the town. According to legend Achilles besieged the city until the King’s daughter fell in love with him and opened the gates and then he killed her for her treachery. There is very little left but the excavated tombs as you enter the town.
After lunch we went for a swim before waiting for the coach for our return journey. In the hot sun we did have to have a small ice-cream!