Destinations, North Aegean Islands

Limnos (Lemnos)

Limnos

Limnos (also Lemnos) is a destination for a quiet holiday in direct contact with nature. Protected gulf, extensive beaches and landscapes of volcanic rocks, alternate with small hills and traditional villages of stone houses.

The volcanic island of Hephaestus, the god of fire, lends its fertility to fruitful plains, which the locals take advantage of by producing products with a unique flavor and excellent quality.

Among them,

  • the renowned Muscat de Limnos, a Denomination of Origin of Superior Quality, sweet white wine with golden color, rich aroma and full flavor,
  • “kalathaki” cheese (= small basket) a kind of white cheese that is left to dry and matures in small straw baskets, as well as its delicious yellowish version called “melícloro” (which means soft honey-colored cheese).
  • the tasty thyme honey
  • fresh fish

Are some of the great gifts of nature for the island of luck.

The history of Limnos is lost in the mists of time. According to mythology, Hephaestus had his forge on the island and taught his first residents, the Sinties, the art of processing copper. The island flourished during prehistory. In 512 BC it was conquered by the Persians but regained its freedom after the end of the Persian wars.

Since then, he has been consecutively subjugated by the Romans, the Venetians and the Turks, until his definitive liberation in 1912 during the First Balkan War.

Myrina is the capital of the island, a beautiful city for its traditional paved streets, its old stone mansions, its promenade by the sea, and last but not least for its Byzantine castle. The impressive castle that dominates the city is located on a rocky and steep peninsula, on the slope of which small deer roam freely.

Don’t leave Limnos before visiting…

  • The petrified forest near the city of Moudros, where one has the opportunity to see fossilized trunks, leaves, fruits and roots of palm trees between 20 and 22 million years old.
  • The prehistoric settlement of Poliochni, which is believed to be the oldest Neolithic city in Europe. In reality, a rectangular building with a double row of stepped seats that had been found on the site resembles a parliamentary architectural structure; That is why it is presumed to be the oldest parliament ever discovered in the world!
  • The archaeological site of Hefesia, the prehistoric capital of the Pelasgians, whose glory days lasted more than 2000 years (1000 BC to 1200 AD). Admire the ruins of a complex of a city built and rebuilt in 10 layers, including palaces, baths, Christian churches, a Hellenistic-Roman theater, a necropolis and a sanctuary dedicated to the great goddess Limnos.
  • The two small lakes Alyki and Chortarolimni, which constitute wetland habitats, refuge and nurseries for rare and endangered species of birds.
  • The thermal waters of Hephaestus, just 4 km from Myrina.
  • The waterfalls near the village of Káspakas, where the waters rush to a height of 15 meters to create an attractive natural site dotted with small plateaus and small ponds.
  • The village of Kontiás, one of the largest and most beautiful, is built on a hill covered with pine trees and is decorated with traditional stone houses, windmills deserts and the picturesque church of Agios Dimitrios with the stone bell tower.
  • The sandy beaches of the islands, ranging from quiet, remote, romantic to busy and well organized. Especially lovers of water sports will go crazy over the beaches of Thanos, Gomati (enjoy with the pleasure of rolling over the sand dunes there) and Keros, the latter being a well-known center for aquatic pleasures and sports activities. However, the locals would respond to Platy or Chavoúli if they were asked to choose a beach the ideal image of Limnos.
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