Mytilene or Mitilini is built around the harbor, you'll be tendered to it. Duty-free available.
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Perched on a steep hill north of the city, the extensive ruins of Mitilini's castle are fun to explore and offer fine views of city and sea from the ramparts. The kastro was founded by Justinian in the 6th century A.D., and was restored and enlarged in 1737 by the Genoese.
The Turks also renovated and built extensive additions to the castle during their occupation. In several places you can see fragments of marble columns embedded in the castle walls -- these are blocks taken from a 7th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo by the Genoese.
Look for the underground cistern at the north end of the castle precinct: This echoing chamber is a beautiful place, with domed vaults reflected in the pool below. In summer, the castle is sometimes used as a performing-arts center.
The best thing in town is the fortress which looms over the harbor and is about a 15 minute walk (uphill, but not steeply) from where the tenders land. Very extensive ruins with very good descriptions on signs throughout. Entrance fee is a few Euros.
Local buses run all around the main roads and run from the port.
You can buy tickets at local coffee shops or small Deli shops over the counter. The major bus stop and information station is located at Mitilini (Major city).
Taxis are cheap and most use the meter. They do drive like crazy though. Taxis based in Mitilini are yellow and most are turbo Opels. Taxis not based in Mitilini are grey-colored and rarely use the meter. The latter taxis use mostly fixed fares for trips connecting various locations outside Mitilini, with a cost of around 1 Euro per Km.
Molivos or Molyvos , the ancient Methymna is famous for its attractions: the Gattilusi Castle and the whole preserved traditional architecture.
Stroll the main shopping street, Ermou, which goes from south port to north port. Walk past the fish market on the southern end, with sardines, mullet, and octopus. Narrow side lanes are filled with antiques shops and old mansions. The Agora, main market, is at the end of Ermou,near the north harbor.
Public Services: open Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 2.00pm.
Retail Stores & Specialty Shops: Monday to Friday, 9am – 1.30pm and then again from 5pm – 9pm. Saturdays, 9am – 2pm.
Supermarkets: Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm, and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm.
Tourist Shops and Convenience Stores: most of these do not have official opening hours and are usually open from dawn to well after midnight during the summer months.
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