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Mitilini in October

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Ottawa Ontario
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Mitilini in October

Our scheduled stop by cruise ship in Mitilini is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. What would you recommendation be on how we should spend our day here? Should we take time out to see the castle - should we just wander around - appreciate your replies. Thanks.

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for Lesbos, Zagorohoria
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1. Re: Mitilini in October

The castle is well worth a visit - not only for the fascinating site itself but also for the wonderful views over the city & out across the sea to Turkey. You should also see the churches/cathedral & take a walk along Ermou Street & perhaps have lunch at "O Ermis" - the oldest eating place in town I believe.

Mytilini is a lovely place to explore - very Greek character! Visitors are very welcomed, but there is no "touristy" atmosphere about the place. The waterfront tavernas both on the southern (modern) harbour & the older northern harbour beyond the castle are great places to relax with a drink & people watch.

You can also walk above the town to the Ancient Theatre, but be aware it is uphill all the way & a bit of a trek! Great views again from up there, but not the most spectacular actual theatre in Greece as a lot of the stone has been removed.

Ottawa Ontario
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2. Re: Mitilini in October

thanks so much for the suggestions - is it a far walk to the castle?

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3. Re: Mitilini in October

It's an easy walk and lovely views. A few steps etc.

Edited: 8:51 am, September 05, 2012
Manchester, United...
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4. Re: Mitilini in October

Oops I was thinking Molyvos. Not been to Mytilini.

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for Lesbos, Zagorohoria
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5. Re: Mitilini in October

The castle sits on a promontory hill which runs down to the coast on 3 sides, just north of the main ferry terminal where I guess you will come ashore. Really not far, you just need to walk up 8 Novemvriou street, past the Archælogical museums (which may/may not be open) until you see the path up to the main entrance. It is signposted. 10-15 minutes walk?

There is a road runs all the way around the coastline below the castle from ferry terminal to north harbour which combined with Ermou street makes a nice circular walk, as it takes you to an area outside of the current castle walls, approaching the north harbour, where there were on-going renovations to an old Turkish hammam & several old mansions last time I was there (2011).

rtj70 - you should take a day out to Mytilini! So many people just get a glimpse from the transfer coaches & don't realise what they are missing.

Ottawa Ontario
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6. Re: Mitilini in October

Thanks - using that route - will it take us past Ermou Street and the restaurant you recommended?

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