Molyvos or Molivos is the tourist capital of Lesvos and located on the north coast on a hill, topped by a romantic Byzantine castle and with ancient ruins around the town.
It has many old stone houses, particularly around the castle and a notably attractive harbour. The cobbled main street is covered in wisteria that seems to bloom all year.
Museums, galleries, tavernas, cafes and shops line the road to the castle which has impressive views and hosts concerts and cultural events throughout the summer.
Preservation orders protect the charm of Molyvos town centre with its grey stone houses topped with red tiles.
The harbour has plenty of places to eat and drink and there are a few discos on the outskirts for those who enjoy a little nightlife.
There is a beach of sorts but it is stony and small, although it does give way to sand out to sea and has sunbeds and watersports.
Near Molyvos are the hot springs of Eftalou and several small coves, stone beaches and roadside restaurants along the way.
Further east is the pretty port of Skala Sikaminias and, further still, the beach at Tsonia, stony but with a couple of shady tavernas and some great snorkelling.
There is a regular seasonal bus service to beaches along the coast both north and south from Molyvos and regular boat trips from the harbour in the high summer season.