Our village Molyvos
You see it first coming around a bend, our village, Molyvos. You stop, take a longer look, your mouth opens and you inhale, your eyes widen and you may say, “Wow!” Hanging from its rock, below that imposing Byzantine castle ruin, all those red roofs and brick walls interspersed with dark reddish wood, mustard, dark green and blue greys, it is quite a spectacle. You are immediately drawn to it, curious to disappear inside the maze of crooked, hidden streets. You approach this town, our town, with a little excitement, like visitors have done for nearly a thousand years.
To the right lies the blue Aegean Sea, curved into a gentle bay with the picturesque little harbour at the furthest end. On a summer’s day the sea is transparent and inviting. A few kaiki’s (small Greek fishing boats) puff-puff on the calm sea looking for fish, or maybe just going on being as Greek fisherman do.
Silver green olive trees fill the land between the sea and village. You meander towards the village between them through the fertile valley below. As you get closer, your neck arches backwards more as you strain to take it all in. Embedded in the cliff-face and dominated by the medieval fortress, the houses constructed of stone or wood, and densely situated amid a network of kalderimia (stone paths) you come face to face with an architectural gem that is living proof of this regions eventful and tumultuous history.
So there you have it, Molyvos, the perfect match, red and blue with natural colours keeping the ancient peace between land and sea.
You enter the village via the Agora, the market or shopping street. This ancient kaldiremi is covered in wisteria, which in early spring erupts in purple rain with a sweet, heady scent accompanying you as you slowly follow the agora up to old castle.
The Byzantine Castle sits on top of the hill overlooking Molyvos and is certainly worth a visit to explore the ancient remains and for the views of the surrounding countryside and Turkey in the distance.
On the way there are many tavernas, shops and local businesses plying their trade as it has been for centuries. Locals will greet you with a friendly, kali mera (good morning), or at sunset with kali spera (good evening). If you venture into one of the countless tavernas you will find a view that is breathtaking. Perched on the cliff’s edge, the balconies provide solace and peace with its stunning views of the blue sea and the neighbouring villages of Petra, Annaxos and, in the distance, perched on a mountain top, the monastery of Ypsilou.
Leaving Molyvos, about 4 km outside the village, is the famous thermal baths of Eftalou where you can relax in a natural spa on the sea’s edge. The little thermi, or spa, is in a picturesque 17th Century domed bathhouse
The city of Mithymna – today’s Molyvos – is located on the northwestern tip of the island of Lesbos. Archeological finds show that this village has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and was a very important city in antiquity.
Nestled in the north-east corner of the Aegean Sea, Lesbos is separated from mainland Turkey only by the narrow Strait of Mytilene. This is where East meets West, where civilisations have been meeting for centuries and where we now host you at The Talking Table.
Welcome to one of the most beautiful destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. In the middle of this enchanting village, on a little platea (square) with a few tavernas arranged around a huge, shady plane tree, you will find a gate with a sign that says, The Talking Table.
Open the gate and walk in and join our table. You will be enlightened.