LEMNOS | GREEK ISLANDS | NORTH AEGEAN
An island with an abundance of natural beauty, volcanic soil, beaches, traditional buildings and archaeological sites
According to myth, Lemnos was the island of god Hephaistos. It’s a destination for a quiet holiday, with an abundance of natural beauty, volcanic soil, beaches, traditional buildings and archaeological sites. Its roads are also surprisingly good. Myrina (or Kastro) is the island’s capital and main port. As you wander through its flagstone lanes, take a look at the stone houses around Romaikos Gialos (Roman beach), to the north of the harbour. Most of the town’s nightlife is concentrated here, while the south end has several fish tavernas. Climb up to the imposing medieval castle and enjoy the view. Moudros, an attractive large village, lies at the back of the bay of the same name, which is one of the safest anchorages in the Mediterranean.
Other spots to visit include Kondia and the archaeological sites of Kaveirion on Cape Tigani, where the Philoctetes’ grotto is located, and ancient Hephaistia nearby. Ancient Poliochni at Kaminia is also of interest, while Lemnos’ two lakes, Asprolimni and Hortarolimni, and the village of Kondopouli are also worth a look. At Plaka there are mineral springs.
Near Myrina you’ll find some good beaches, such as sandy Kaspaka surrounded by high rocks, while other good beaches are to be found on the east coast.
HOW TO GET TO LEMNOS
By air from Athens International Airport or Thessaloniki International Airport, with Aegean Airlines.
By boat from Piraeus and Lavrio (Athens area), Thessaloniki and Kavala.
Connection with the islands of Aghios Efstratios, Lesvos and Samothrace.