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Top Choice Museum in Mytilini Town

Teriade Museum

Varia, 4km south of Mytilini, is the unlikely home of the Teriade Museum and its astonishing collection of paintings by artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Miro, Le Corbusier and Matisse. The museum honours the Lesvos…
Top Choice Cafe in Mytilini Town

Mousiko Kafenio

This hip student favourite is filled with eclectic paintings, old mirrors and well-worn wooden fixtures, giving it a relaxed, arty vibe. Mix in some great music and it’s one of the most fun places in town. Great dri…
Top Choice Seafood in Mytilini Town

Taverna Efkaliptos

You might be sitting closer to the fishing boats than the kitchen at this first-class fish taverna in Panagiouda; it's just 4km north of Mytilini Town but has a distinctly remote feel. Excellent mezedhes and well-pr…
Cafe in Mytilini Town

Cafe P

This hip back-alley bistro draws a crowd mostly from the university for its unusual and well-priced small plates, slight menu, eclectic music mix and all-round chilled atmosphere. Oven-cooked pork with leeks or bake…
Museum in Mytilini Town

Theophilos Museum

This humble structure contains 86 paintings by the primitive painter Theophilos, who remains a folk hero among Greek literati. During his life he barely scratched out an existence, moving frequently and painting cof…
Fortress in Mytilini Town


Mytilini’s imposing early Byzantine fortress was renovated in the 14th century by Genoese overlord Francisco Gatelouzo, and then the Turks enlarged it again. Flanked by pine trees, it’s popular for a stroll, with gr…
Taverna in Mytilini Town

Averoff Restaurant

No-frills old-fashioned eatery with waiters in ties. It specialises in generous mayirefta plates such as chicken and potatoes, stuffed tomatoes and briam (mixed veggies). It's on the central waterfront.
Bar in Mytilini Town


A busy bar with a convival atmosphere, lots of dressed-up folks, cocktails, and refreshing nonalcoholic concoctions such as sour cherry with almond, and pomegranate with green tea.
Church in Mytilini Town

Church of Agios Therapon

The bulbous dome of this church crowns Mytilini’s skyline. Its ornate interior boasts a huge chandelier, an intricately carved iconostasis, a priest’s throne and a frescoed dome. Within the church courtyard, you’ll …
Museum in Mytilini Town

Archaeological Museum

This handsome and refurbished museum, about 500m above the eastern quay (and the now-closed Old Archaeological Museum), portrays island life from the 2nd century BC to the 3rd century AD, including striking floor mo…