Lemnos Sights & Attractions
Lemnos is an island rich in history and natural beauty. The most special thing about Lemnos island is the strange beaches, vast in size and covered with soft golden sand. Keros, Zematas, Thanos, Agios Ermolaos and Gomati are such fantastic beaches with a desert look. In fact, windsurfing and kite are popular activities at Keros and Zematas. Lemnos is also a place with interesting archaeological sites, dating from the ancient and Medieval times. Worth visiting are the Medieval Castle of Myrina, Ancient Poliochni, Ancient Ifestia and Kavirion with the Cave of Philoctetes. In Greek mythology, Lemnos was a special island as this was the homeland of the Amazons and also the place where god Hephaestus had his workshop.
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The Byzantine Castle of Myrina stands on a hill overlooking the town. It was built by Emperor Andronicus Komninos and it can be accessed only on foot. Some deer live close to the Castle and the locals take good care of them.
This ancient settlement dates from the beginning of the 3rd millennium B.C. and it is thought to be the oldest settlement in Europe. Ancient Poliochni is located 30 km east of Myrina.
The Sand Dunes are located in the northern part of the island. There are constantly changing shape and dimension with the wind.
Ifestia was the second most important town on the island in ancient times. It took its name from Hephaestus, the god of fire, who was the protector of the island.
The Temple of Kavirio dates from the 7th century BC and it is believed that secret ceremonies were held there.
The Cave of Philoctetes is located close to the archaeological site of Kaviria. The myth says that the Greeks abandoned a wounded man there, Philoctetes, on the way to the Trojan War.
The small chapel is located in the countryside close to Thanos and Plati. It has strange look, as it is built inside a cave.
This is a lake of special natural beauty and habitat for emigrant and endangered species. It is located on the northeastern side of the island, close to Kondopouli.
The Archaeological Museum is housed in a beautiful Neoclassic building in Myrina. During the Turkish occupation, the building was used as the Turkish headquarters. Today, visitors can see various collections, such as findings from the excavations in ancient Ifestia, Kavirio, and other sites, which date from the Prehistoric till the Hellenistic period.
This little island is lying one hour and a half from Lemnos. Agios Efstratios (or Ai Stratis, as it is called by the locals) was a place of exile for the communists from 1928 till 1963. A strong earthquake in 1968 destroyed the traditional architecture of the island.
Located in the village of Portiano, this Folklore Museum consists of an impressive collection related to Lemnian folklore. The three-storey building which houses the museum is of traditional Lemnian architecture and it has been beautifully preserved. The museum has numerous showrooms, each one with a different theme, according to the collection they exhibit.
5 beautiful windmills can be found above the village of Kodias.
The waterfalls are located near the beach of Agios Ioannis, on the west side of the island. There are 2 of them: Ragavas waterfalls and "Hanging water".
The Cave of the Seal (or Fokospilia)is located near Moudros, next to the bay of Mikro Fanaraki and is accessible by boat or foot. It is said it is a refuge for the rare seals Monachus - Monachus.
The church of Agios Nikolaos is located on a hill and overlooks the whole town and the port. It is impressive in size and has strange architecture.
Located in Nea Koutali, the Museum of Maritime Tradition and Sponge Fishing consists of various items which are dedicated to the maritime and sponge diving traditions of Lemnos. The museum provides a lot of information on how these two sections have progressed over the years.
This Cape is a wonder of Nature. It is actually a set of red rocks and sand, combined in strange formations. It is located north of Atsiki.
The Ecclesiastical Museum is housed in a building in Myrina, near the Holy Cathedral of Lemnos. It has some very impressive Byzantine and post-Byzantine art pieces.