A large island totally off the beaten track, Lemnos in Greece surprises visitors with the deserted beaches, the mountainous villages and the interesting archaeological sites. This is a great destination for total relaxation.
Things to see and do
The island of Lemnos is one of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group. There are many interesting sightseeings around Lemnos island, a place with long history and strong references in the Greek mythology. In fact, the myth says that this was the island where god Hephaestus had his copper workroom, which is why there was an ancient town dedicated to his honor, Ifestia. Also you will find the oldest town in Europe, Ancient Poliochni, that dates from the beginning of the 3rd century BC.
On the north eastern side of Lemnos island, there is the Ancient Kavirio, a place strongly connected to secret religious ceremonies and right below Kavirio there is the Cave of Philoctetes, the legendary hero who was abandoned there on the way to Troy. Very interesting is also the Medieval Castle on the hill above Myrina, the capital of the island. Holidays in Lemnos is a perfect experience for total relaxation.
Highlights in Lemnos
Myrina is the capital and main centre of activities in Lemnos. This is a lovely place with a strong Medieval Castle on the hill above the town and many seaside taverns along the port.
Plati is the most organized beach in Lemnos, with many taverns, beach studios and water sports centres. This is a relaxing place to spend an entire day at the sea.
Dating from the 7th century BC, the sanctuary of Kavirio has been connected to many ancient mystic ceremonies. It is located on the north eastern side of the island.
Thanos is an organized and relaxing beach, lined up with few beach cafeterias, taverns and studios. However, it does not get crowded but remains a nice relaxing beach.
On the hill above the town of Myrina, there is an imposing Medieval Castle that offers panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. Lovely deer live at the foot of the castle.
In the ancient times, Ifestia was the second most important town in Lemnos. It was dedicated to Hephaestus, the god of fire and protector of the island.
Dating from the beginning of the 3rd millenium BC, Poliochni is the oldest settlement in Europe. This is a very interesting ancient site to visit.
Windsurfing and kitesurfing are very popular at the eastern side of this Greek island, especially in the beaches of Keros, Zematas and Gomati.