Molyvos (Mithymna), Nisos Lesbos, Greece
One of Greece’s loveliest harbors welcomes you to the town once known as Molyvos. Dominated by a medieval Byzantine castle on a hilltop, it is a town of stone houses that enjoys a brisk tourist presence, although much less than the Cyclades. There are several nice beaches in the area. The town’s own beach is gravel at the shoreline, but a short way out converts to sand. The town is a working fishing harbor, and the waterfront is rife with fish restaurants and tavernas for dining, sipping beer or ouzo and people-watching. Lesvos was the birthplace of Sappho, the lyric poet whose writings from the 9th century BCE survive only in fragments. Nonetheless, those that survive are praised for their passion and beauty, revealing as they do a woman in thrall to the goddess Aphrodite, and to love in its many aspects.