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The magical streets of Lesvos

- by Andy Cornish

One of the greatest pleasures of a Greek Island holiday is wandering around the flower-decked whitewashed streets of islands resorts.

Greek villages are typically a maze of backstreets and alleyways overlooked by balconies brimming with bougainvillaea and dotted with potted geraniums and other brightly coloured flowers.

In the main holiday resorts, cafe owners put out tables and chairs here space permits to entice roaming visitors to enjoy a coffee and snack in beautiful shaded surroundings.

Now a flower covered street on the island of Lesvos has taken the top slot on a leading art and design website after picking up thousands of votes.

The website Boredpanda invited visitors to send in photographs of the most picturesque streets they had ever visited and nearly 130 responded with images of the most magical streets from all over the world.

But it was this narrow street in the popular tourist resort of Molyvos on the island of Lesvos that captured the imagination and picked up the highest number of votes from site visitors.

Thousands of people voted in the competition but this photograph from Greek freelance photographer Konstantinos Stamatelis topped the list.

Molyvos, often spelt Molivos, is a popular holiday resort on the Greek island of Lesvos and is famed for its beauty.

Steep, cobbled streets wind their way up from the port to the hilltop Genoese fortress which is often lit at night.

The narrow streets that lead up from the picturesque fishing harbour are lined with stone houses, topped with distinctive red-tiled roofs.

Many of the villages's old timber buildings have been carefully restored and the cobbled streets are often overhung with vines and peppered with cafes, art galleries and craft shops.

Preservation orders have helped to protect the charm of Molyvos, from the flower covered village centre to the small harbour where fish tavernas line the long waterfront.

Molyvos is a popular visitor attraction not only because of the beauty of its streets but also a major midsummer festival of music and theatre that pulls in thousands of art loving visitors.

Other attractions include a small museum, an open air cinema and excursion boats and tour buses to the many Lesvos island attractions.

The brief for Boredpanda visitors was to submit photographs of the world's most magical streets shaded by flowers and trees.

The street in Molyvos certainly fits the bill with cafe customers sitting in dappled shade on the cobbled paving stones.

The island of Lesvos is located north-eastern Aegean islands close to the Turkish mainland. It's a little off the beaten track but has an international airport to bring in the tourists.

Lesvos is the third largest of the Greek islands and although i welcomes tourist s it has retained the traditional Greek charm that is typical of many of the smaller, less well travelled islands.

The island is known for its trademark ouzo and exceptional olive oil – two of the island's most important industries. Other attractions on Lesvos include the world-renowned petrified forest at Sigri and the famous thermal springs and bath houses.

Many Greek Island holidaymakers will know of similar streets that are just as charming and delightful. And anyone who has visited the delightful area of Plaka in Athens will know that beautiful shady streets can exist in even the biggest cities.

Sitting beneath the slopes of the famous Acropolis, the Plaka district attracts visitors from all over the world.

With its neoclassical mansions houses with roofs of red tiles, the alleyways of the Plaka wind up the hill full of small steps, overhead balconies and hanging jasmine.