9+1 REASONS TO COME TO LESBOS

9+1 SCENIC ROUTES AND SIGHTS

Admiring the view of Mólyvos from on high

Molyvos is not what you expect. It will surprise you; it will transfix you. Its narrow paved kalderímia (cobbled streets) transport you to other times and each twist and turn has something to amaze you. A view to the sea where you least expect it, the hanging shops clinging to the rock with balconies over the Aegean, two-storey mansions, pine trees growing in courtyards, the Medieval castle at its pinnacle, the beach with taverns and the traditional port at its far side. Walking along the world-famous alleys, such as the one of the central market full of mauve salkími (wisteria or glycine), you will come across dozens of stone-built public drinking fountains, post-Ottoman mansions with decorative wood-carvings and sachnissiá (a projecting closed balcony with windows), such as the Municipal Gallery, which hosts over 200 works by contemporary Greek artists. Neoclassical houses, such as that of «Krállis», which now houses the Artists’ Centre, an annex of the Athens School of Fine Arts with ornate mural paintings in its interior. The Ottoman mosque, of which only the minaret’s base remains, and the Argyris Eftaliotis Historical Library. Nature has endowed this land with incredible riches, but what makes Molyvos unique are its people. Simple, fun-loving, full of life and with an ethos that has become rare in our times. They will consider you as one of their own. Because, even if only briefly, they always share their great love with you: Molyvos.

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It's all Greek to me..!

The term scenic (/ˈsiːnɪk/) is used both as an adjective and as a noun (albeit less frequently). It derives, via Latin, from the Ancient Greek skēnikos “of the stage”, itself from skēnē “tent, stage” (today’s scene), which is related to skia (/skēˈä/) meaning “outline, shadow, shade” via the notion of “something that gives shade”, from the Proto-Indo-European root *skai- “to shine, flicker, glimmer”.
In this respect, scenic shares the same origin as the words scenario and scenery. For let us recall that theatre (another Greek word!) was born in Greece...
The noun scenic (pl. scenics) is used in the sense of a depiction of scenery but as such is not encountered that frequently.
As an adjective, scenic first appeared in relation to the theatrical and is first recorded in the 1620s as meaning “of, or belonging to, the stage or drama”. This initial use led to its contemporary meanings of “related to theatrical scenery” (a scenic artist working for a theatre or the production of a specific play) and, in relation to the figurative art or films, of “representing an action, event, episode or incident” (a scenic bas-relief).
Given that, in Shakespeare’s words, “all the world’s a stage”, as of the 1840s scenic also came to use to denote something "of, or belonging to, natural scenery", thus transforming Nature into a stage setting. From there, it was only a small step further to add another dimension to its meaning: “providing (or relating to) views of impressive or beautiful natural scenery” and, as such, synonymous to a view or route that is pleasing to the eye, picturesque, a meaning scenic acquired in the late 1880s and which is prevalent today.
So a “scenic route or sight” is one that can be alternately “breathtaking, impressive, panoramic, spectacular, striking” or a combination of two or more of these - and we hope you enjoy all that Lesvos has to offer in these terms and leave the island with bright, shining memories of your stay.