By sheer coincidence, I came upon one of the most beautiful Greek Aegean villages I have ever visited - Molivos, located in the north of the island of Lesbos. The town is about an hour or so by public bus from Mytilini, and I fell in love with it at the first sight. It's strange to explain why I love Molivos so such: it's a pretty little village with a lively harbour and quaint cobblestone streets, but there is something about this little hillside village that captures my imagination. Instead of just spending a few hours there, I decided to rent a self-catering unit from one of the locals and stay there for one week.

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During the day, I would just visit one of the little cafes on the harbour front and enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the picturesque view of the Aegean right in front of me. While some people might want to unwind themselves while on holidays, I found such views extremely enticing and made my brain cells work faster....

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Village cafe, near my rental apartment in the centre of old town. This reminds me so such of some hill towns in Provence in the mid-1990s before it was overrun by tourists.

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Side entrance to my holiday rental apartment. It was a lovely little flat with a lovely little garden.

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Like all the picturesque hill side towns, Molivos also has a hilltop fortress to complete its postcard-perfect looks.

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One of my favourite afternoon coffee spots on the harbour front, with a great view.

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The thing I like about Molivos is, most of the visitors are Greeks from the mainland, because Lesbos is still relatively unknown to most people outside of Greece. As a result of which, the quality of foreign visitors to Lesbos are much better  and one really gets the opportunity to enjoy Greece like the Greeks do.

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Busy little harbour of Molivos, where fresh seafoods are served at reasonable prices.

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For those who want some sea and sun, the sandy white beach of Petra is just a short bus ride away.


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