Mytilene, Lesbos, Greece Cruise Port
Within the Aegean Sea is an island full of ancient history, and a city with roots dating back to the 11th century. The cruise port and capital city of Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos (or Lesvos) is earmarked by a medieval fortress that looms over its harbor, along with plenty of other archaeological gems to explore. Sometimes called Mytilini, the city was originally confined to a small island which later joined Lesbos. One of its most famous residents was the poet Sappho, giving the area not only historical significance, but literary importance as well. Aristotle lived in the city for two years – and the list of other famous residents and visitors is fairly extensive. Those who love apéritifs may be interested to learn that Mytilene has more than 15 commercial producers of ouzo. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Mytilene, Lesbos, Greece:
- One of the island major imports is olive wood, and one of the best places to get some is the Olive Wood House. A family-owned shop, the pieces are all made onsite in the workshop using wood grown on Lesbos. The owners are usually around to greet you, as well as creating a personalized, warm experience.
- The Castle of Mytilene is one of the Mediterranean's largest castles. There is a bit of a walk to reach its location atop a hill, which provides an excellent view of the sea. Once there, visit the Queen’s Tower, which was the residence of Lesbos ruler Francesco Gattilusio.
- For local art, visit the Theophilos Museum. Displaying 86 paintings by the artist for whom the museum was named, he got his inspiration from folk art, history, and mythology as well as the surrounding landscapes. While never a success during his lifetime, Theophilos' works made it to the Louvre shortly after his death in 1934.
- For a bit of relaxation, hit Tsamakia Beach, the most accessible beach in the city. Along with the beach and amenities such as umbrellas and beach volleyball, there are also plenty of shade trees should the sun get too much.