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The Island of Hephaestus

Wild Desserts, Tropical Dunes, Rugged Coastlines and Thermal Springs Under the Spirit of Amazons
Lemnos is an invisible volcano ready to erupt. A mysterious island that used to be tainted from the activity of two volcanoes covered in ash and dense clouds of smoke for a long time until it finally appeared to write its own story in the Aegean. Lemnos will charm you from the first moment with its exceptional romantic atmosphere and its natural diversity with lowland farmlands, volcanic formations and rugged coastlines. The nudity from forests causes a sense of melancholy. Behind this bareness, an exciting image is concealed with mysterious treasures of outstanding natural beauty. An authentic aura is unveiling in front of your eyes with charming villages overlooking the blue sea. The jewel of the island is the sand dunes of Lemnos resembling an authentic miniature Sahara of absolute wilderness. Lemnos has retained the authentic island identity embroidered with imposing volcanic landscapes. Majestic volcanic formations, secluded coves and sheltered gulfs, thermal springs, tropical dunes and petrified forests drowned from black cliffs and steep hills create sceneries of infinite beauty. One can say that Lemnos is a very promising destination! Are you ready to unveil the mysteries of the desert of Greece?

 

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The Capital of Lemnos

The Town of Myrina is the capital of Lemnos located on the northwest side of the island. It is a very picturesque seaside settlement with dense vegetation crowned from the imposing castle of Myrina. The red tiled roods of the houses, the old mansions and the narrow cobblestone alleys create a setting of unparalleled beauty. Romeikos Gialos is one of the main districts of the town adorned from neoclassical mansions of the 19th century, which constitutes the meeting point of the island. Romeikos Gialos has been declared as a preserved district from the Ministry of Culture. Tourkikos Gialos is the second main district aligned from stone houses of neoclassical design. Worth visiting sights of the area include the Castle of Myrina and the Archaeological Museum of Lemnos.

The Archaeological Site of Hepheastia

The Archaeological Site of Hepheastia was the sanctuary of the great god of the island located on the northeast side of Lemnos. Hepheastia was the most important ancient city of Lemnos during the Classical Years. The imposing quarries of the ancient town are embellished with beautiful sculptured rocks. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the remnants of an ancient theatre along with foundations of ancient houses built and rebuilt in ten different layers. Findings from the site are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Lemnos.

The Castle of Myrina

The Castle of Myrina is an impressive Byzantine fortification located on the highest point of he town of Myrina. The castle was commanded from the Byzantine Emperor Andronicus Komnenos in 1886 AD on the foundations of an ancient fortification. During the 13th century, the castle was fortified again from the Venetians while it took its current form from the Venetian Filocalo Navigajiosi, the Great Duke of Lemnos, in the period of 1207-1214. The entrance of the castle is located on the east side while remnants of houses and cisterns are situated within the walls. Today, the sole inhabitants of the castle are two hundred deer.

The Church of Panagia Kakaviotissa

The Church of Panagia Kakaviotissa is one of the most impressive churches of Lemnos lying between geological shapes on the mountain slopes of Kakavos. The church is located inside a rock cavity at an altitude of 260 meters close to the village of Thanos. Some monks built the church in 1.416 AC with the intention of escaping from the invasions of the Ottomans. The striking location of the church offers breathtaking views to the mountainside and the sea of the island. Panagia Kakaviotissa celebrates on Tuesday after Easter Sunday. Access is possible through a hiking route.

The Sand Dunes of Lemnos

The Sand Dunes of Lemnos is a fascinating field element of the environment of Lemnos located three kilometres away from the village of Katalakkos. The Sahara of Lemnos is one of the two deserts of Europe. Known as Ammothines or Pahies Ammoudies from the locals, the sand dunes spread over a large area. Access is possible only by walking from the beach of Gomati.

The Thermal Springs of Therma

The Thermal Springs of Therma is located on the mountain slopes of Prophet Elias. Known since antiquity, the spring lies on the verge of a major geological rift. The temperature fluctuates from 35 to 45 degrees of Celsius and has therapeutic properties for arthropathy, arthritis, osteoporosis, spondyloarthritis, kidney stones, choleolithiasis and rheumatism. The natural source of water was first exploited from the Ottomans in 1730. Today, the facilities have been radically refurbished and renovated offering unique moments of relaxation.

The Village of Kondia

The Village of Kondia is one of the most beautiful villages of Lemnos located on the northeast side of the island. Stone windmills welcome you to the settlement eluding the traditional atmoshpere of the village. Stone houses and old mansions embellish the entire area. A renovated stone building has transformed into the Gallery of Contemporary Art of the Balcans.  On the north side, there is an artifical lake while another wetland of Lemnos with rich bird life is located nearby.

The Village of Nea Koutali 

The Village of Nea Koutali is one of the most charming villages of Lemnos located on the central part of the island. Nestling on a verdant slope, the village has an authentic atmosphere with stone houses and red tiled roofs. Nea Koutali constituted one of the most important sponge diving centres of the Aegean. If you are interested in discovering the history of sponges, visit the sponge diving museum with important information regarding the techniques and methods of sponge diving. Worth visiting sights of the wider area include the wetland of Alyki for the largest seasonal gathering of flamingos in the country, the beautiful village of Tsimandria for the preservation of music and dance tradition of the island and the village of Portianou for the rich folklore museum.

The Wetland of Alyki

The Wetland of Alyki is a coastal salt lagoon located on the east side of the island. The lake is one of the most important ecosystems of Lemnos spreading over an area over six square kilometers. During the winter, the abundance of water creates the appearance of a lake while it is transformed into a salt march during the summer as the water evaporates. The wetland served as an important shelter for migratory bird species. In fact, the wetland of Alyki is renowned for to the largest seasonal gathering of flamingos in the country. The wetland of Alyki has been declared as an important area of nature from the European Network of Natura 2000.

Archaeological Sites

The Archaeological Site of Hepheastia was the sanctuary of the great god of the island located on the northeast side of Lemnos. Hepheastia was the most important ancient city of Lemnos during the Classical Years. The imposing quarries of the ancient town are embellished with beautiful sculptured rocks. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the remnants of an ancient theatre along with foundations of ancient houses built and rebuilt in ten different layers. Findings from the site are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Lemnos.

The Archaeological Site of Kavirio is the oldest telesterion of Greece located close to the village of Panagia. The site was dedicated to Kaviri, the children of God Hephaestus and the nymph Cabirus, who were worshiped in Lemnos. Kavirio was the venue of the Kabirian Mysteries, an important annual festival connected with the revival of the fertility of land and the commemorating of the sanctuary of Gods.

The Archaeological Site of Poliochi is considered to be the oldest Neolithic city of Europe. Archaeological excavations brought to light the remnants of the architectural and cultural development of the settlement that lasted from 5.000 BC till 1.600 BC. The process of metal trading is reflected from the high level of urban planning of Poliochi. The most important monument of the site is a rectangular building that resembles a parliamentary architectural structure, the earliest evidence in the world for a democratic government.

Castles and Fortresses

The Castle of Myrina is an impressive Byzantine fortification located on the highest point of he town of Myrina. The castle was commanded from the Byzantine Emperor Andronicus Komnenos in 1886 AD on the foundations of an ancient fortification. During the 13th century, the castle was fortified again from the Venetians while it took its current form from the Venetian Filocalo Navigajiosi, the Great Duke of Lemnos, in the period of 1207-1214. The entrance of the castle is located on the east side while remnants of houses and cisterns are situated within the walls. Today, the sole inhabitants of the castle are two hundred deer.

The Castle of Moudros was one of the strongest fortifications of the island located between the hills of the villages of Moudros and Rossopouli. The castle was commanded from the Venetian Filocalo Navigajiosi, the Great Duke of Lemnos, in the period of 1207-1214. Today, the remnants of the defensive walls are the sole surviving parts.

The Fortress of Kotsinas was the most important medieval castles and commercial harbor of Lemnos. It was a key point of the control of the sea passage to Constantinople.  According to historical evidence, the castle was built from the Venetian Filocalo Navigajiosi, the Great Duke of Lemnos, in the period of 1207-1214. Inside the castle, one can visit the the temple of Zoodohos Pigi (Life Giving Source) on the underground building along with the “holy water” that used to supply the castle with water. Today, parts of the defensive walls on the hill of Kotsinas are the sole surviving remains.

Churches and Monasteries

The Chapel of Zoodohos Pigi stands on the highest point of the village of Kotsinas. The chapel is distinguished for its amazing wood carved temple and its byzantine icons along with the statue of the Limnian heroine named Maroula. Maroula was a young woman who fought the Ottomans by herself in the 15th century.

The Church of Agia Triada is the cathedral church of Lemnos. It was built on the foundations of an ancient church in 1724 while it was reconstructed soon after the destruction from the Ottomans. Visitors can admire the beautiful wall paintings and the wood carved temple of the church.

The Church of Agios Georgios is one of the finest byzantine churches of Lemnos located on the area of Repanidi. It is a characteristic example of the ecclesiastical architecture of the island. Inside the church, there are numerous wall paintings and an impressive wood carved temple from the 18th century.

The Church of Christos is an impressive large church located in the village of Kondias. The church has a beautiful courtyard and two tall stone bell towers. Inside the church, one can admire numerous notable ecclesiastical icons.

The Church of Panagia Kakaviotissa is one of the most impressive churches of Lemnos lying between geological shapes on the mountain slopes of Kakavos. The church is located inside a rock cavity at an altitude of 260 meters close to the village of Thanos. Some monks built the church in 1.416 AC with the intention of escaping from the invasions of the Ottomans. The striking location of the church offers breathtaking views to the mountainside and the sea of the island. Panagia Kakaviotissa celebrates on Tuesday after Easter Sunday. Access is possible through a hiking route.

The Monastery of Agios Sozon is located in the village of Skandali. Agios Sozon is the saint protector of Lemnos. Although the monastery is abandoned, one of the biggest religious festivals is held in the monastery on September 7.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Lemnos is housed within an impressive neoclassical house in Romeikos Gialos. The museum presents the historical development of the island from the Chalcolithic period to the Roman period. Exhibits include findings from the ancient sites of Hepheastia, Kavirio and Poliohni.

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Lemnos is housed in the cathedral of Myrina. Exhibits include priceless works of ecclesiastical art and tradition along with artworks of the Byzantine period.

The Maritime Tradition and Sponge Fishing Museum is located in the village of Nea Koutali. The museum is dedicated to the maritime and sponge diving traditions of Lemnos providing information of their development. Exhibits include the protective suits, tolls and objects of the sponge divers.

The Folklore Museum of Lemnos is housed within a traditional house in the village of Portianou. The museum presents artifacts from the daily life of the inhabitants including household utensils, tools and traditional costumes.

Natural Beauties

The Cave of Philoctetes is an underwater cave located below the archaeological site of Kavirio. The cave is accessible by boat or by foot. According to mythology, Philoctetes was the son of a king of Thessaly who went to the Trojan War. However, he was bit from a serpent when the ships landed to the island in order to rest. As the smell was horrible, Philoctetes was abandoned alone on Lemnos with the weapon of Hercules and he stayed there for ten years.

The Petrified Forest of Lemnos is located close to the town of Moudros. It is one of the most beautiful wonders of the country along with the Petrified Forest of Lesvos. The forest was turned to stone when it was covered from volcanic lava twenty millions years ago. Remnants of the forest can be found around the villages of Kondias, Moudros, Rosopouli, Varos and Thanos.

The Sand Dunes of Lemnos is a fascinating field element of the environment of Lemnos located three kilometres away from the village of Katalakkos. The Sahara of Lemnos is one of the two deserts of Europe. Known as Ammothines or Pahies Ammoudies from the locals, the sand dunes spread over a large area. Access is possible only by walking from the beach of Gomati.

The Thermal Springs of Therma is located on the mountain slopes of Prophet Elias. Known since antiquity, the spring lies on the verge of a major geological rift. The temperature fluctuates from 35 to 45 degrees of Celsius and has therapeutic properties for arthropathy, arthritis, osteoporosis, spondyloarthritis, kidney stones, choleolithiasis and rheumatism. The natural source of water was first exploited from the Ottomans in 1730. Today, the facilities have been radically refurbished and renovated offering unique moments of relaxation.

The Waterfalls of Lemnos constitute an amazing natural beauty setting located in the area of Ai Giannis in Kaspakas. It is an impressive landscape with rushing waters falling from a height of fifteen meters. Known as Hanging Waters, the falling waters have formed various open and flat spaces with ponds sheltered from frogs, crabs and turtles. Best time to visit the waterfalls of Lemnos is spring.

The Wetland of Alyki is a coastal salt lagoon located on the east side of the island. The lake is one of the most important ecosystems of Lemnos spreading over an area over six square kilometers. During the winter, the abundance of water creates the appearance of a lake while it is transformed into a salt march during the summer as the water evaporates. The wetland served as an important shelter for migratory bird species. In fact, the wetland of Alyki is renowned for to the largest seasonal gathering of flamingos in the country. The wetland of Alyki has been declared as an important area of nature from the European Network of Natura 2000.

Promenades & Villages

Agios Dimitrios is a lively village located on the central part of the island. The settlement has an authentic atmosphere with red tiled houses and cobblestone alleys that spread over a verdant green plateau. Owing to the Asia Minor origin of the inhabitants, the village has its own customs and traditions. Agios Dimitrios is known for the production of its wine and the traditional festival held on October 26.

Atsiki is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Renowned for the production of the local wine, Atsiki spreads on a verdant plateau. Visit the charming island of Varos for its imposing stone houses, the village of Agios Dimitrios for its vineyards, the sand dunes of Pahies Ammoudies in Katalakkos for the unusual landscape of the Sahara of Greece and the beautiful beach of Gomati.

Dafni is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Spreading on slopes of thyme, the settlement has managed to preserve its traditional character. Stone houses and cobblestone streets offer panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The majestic beach of Gomati lies on the north side of the village.

Kaspakas is one of the oldest villages of Lemnos located on the north side of the island. It is a traditional seaside settlement lying into a ravine on the mountain slopes of Agios Athanasios. The heart of the village centers at the charming cafeterias of Kaspakas. The surrounding area of Kaspakas is known for its virgin natural beauty while the rising cliffs of the beach resemble a miniature of Meteora. If you visit this settlement, you should definitely taste the delicious almonds, honey and figs. Also, a must visit area is the waterfalls of Kaspakas!

Katalakkos is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Built on a deep ravine, the village seems like it is hanging from the rocks. Stroll around the narrow alleys of the settlement and admire the crumbling buildings. The Sahara of Lemnos is one of the most imposing areas of the island and definitely a must visit!

Kondia is one of the most beautiful villages of Lemnos located on the northeast side of the island. Stone windmills welcome you to the settlement eluding the traditional atmoshpere of the village. Stone houses and old mansions embellish the entire area. A renovated stone building has transformed into the Gallery of Contemporary Art of the Balcans.  On the north side, there is an artifical lake while another wetland of Lemnos with rich bird life is located nearby.

Moudros is an area of the eastern side of the island renowned for its imposing archaeological monuments and its wetlands along with its impressive beaches and sand dunes. On the southwest side of the area, one can visit the two beautiful beaches of Fanaraki and Havouli with impressive rocky formations. The hydrobiotope of Hortarolimni also worths a visit for its rich  birdlife. Other monuments include the archaological site of Poliohni, one of the most important ancient settlements of the Aegean, and the oldest telesterion of country namely of Kavirio.

Myrina is the capital of Lemnos located on the northwest side of the island. It is a very picturesque seaside settlement with dense vegetation crowned from the imposing castle of Myrina. The red tiled roods of the houses, the old mansions and the narrow cobblestone alleys create a setting of unparalleled beauty. Romeikos Gialos is one of the main districts of the town adorned from neoclassical mansions of the 19th century, which constitutes the meeting point of the island. Romeikos Gialos has been declared as a preserved district from the Ministry of Culture. Tourkikos Gialos is the second main district aligned from stone houses of neoclassical design. Worth visiting sights of the area include the Castle of Myrina and the Archaeological Museum of Lemnos.

Nea Koutali is one of the most charming villages of Lemnos located on the central part of the island. Nestling on a verdant slope, the village has an authentic atmosphere with stone houses and red tiled roofs. Nea Koutali constituted one of the most important sponge diving centres of the Aegean. If you are interested in discovering the history of sponges, visit the sponge diving museum with important information regarding the techniques and methods of sponge diving. Worth visiting sights of the wider area include the wetland of Alyki for the largest seasonal gathering of flamingos in the country, the beautiful village of Tsimandria for the preservation of music and dance tradition of the island and the village of Portianou for the rich folklore museum.

Platy is a seaside village located on the south side of the island. It is a picturesque settlement with red tiled houses and verdant vegetation spreading around the homonymous harbour. The area is known for one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. Worth visiting monument is the church of Agios Georgios for its impressive wood carved temple.

Skandali is a seaside village located on southeast side of the island. Lying in the middle of nowhere, the settlement of Skandali eludes a relaxing aura with sceneries of amazing beauty. It is a beautiful settlement renowned for its excellent thyme honey.

Thanos is a seaside village located on the south side of the island. One of the most beautiful beaches of Lemnos lies in Thanos surrounded from volcanic rocks and turquoise waters. The unique church of Panagia Kakaviotissa is carved into a rocky landscape close to the village. The striking location of the church offers breathtaking views to the mountainside and the sea of the island. Access is possible through a hiking route.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Archaeological Site of Kavirio, North Lemnos

Spot: Beach of Avlonas, Northwest Lemnos

Spot: Beach of Platy, Southwest Lemnos

Spot: Castle of Myrina, Northwest Lemnos

Spot: Church of Panagia Kakaviotissa, Southwest Lemnos

Spot: Harbour of Moudros, South Lemnos

Spot: Village of Panagia, Northeast Lemnos

Spot: Village of Plaka, East Lemnos

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Agios Efstratios is a tiny island on the edge of the Aegean. Agios Efstratios, known as Ai Stratis from the locals, is blessed with the beauty of the natural sceneries and the fortitude of its people. Agios Efstratios is a volcanic island with rare geological formations, pristine seashores and oak forests. The sole hamlet of the island lies in the verdant valley formed from two dried riverbeds, which used to be the fruit gardens of the inhabitants until the devastating earthquake of 1968. The old village used to have an authentic traditional character with two storey houses perched on the hill, till the final abandonment forced from the military government; however, some of the beautiful stone houses were restored with reverence of the locals. All it takes to discover this mysterious island is a few days through the courtesy and the kindness of the locals who will open their hearts to show you their island!

Boat Trip: The Island of Lesvos was desired from countless conquerors. Lesvos is an unexplored continent with countless beauties and mysterious treasures blessed with some of the finest sceneries of the Aegean. A visit to the island of Lesvos holds a bucket of surprises with the scents of earth and sea, the flavors of the local cuisine and the endless beauties of the mountains. The rich interchange of sceneries of the island is blessed with dramatic changes of verdant vegetation and olive groves, walnut, oak and pine trees to lunar landscapes of the western coastline. The unparalleled beauty of Molyvos with its traditional wooden houses and the castle of Mythimna, the therapeutic thermal springs of Therma, the flamingos in the bay of Gera, the eleven million olive trees, the majestic monastery of Limonos, the petrified forest of Sigri, the beach of Eressos and the ouzo capital of Plomari attest the rich history of the island and the spiritual tranquillity of it. Yet, the beauty and history of Lesvos will still enchant you. Even though it might sound absurd, the endless beauties of Lesvos was the result of the terrible explosion of the volcano that flooded the island with lava and changed the morphology of it creating all of this natural abundance; from the ferocity of chaos to the sophistication of harmony. The island stands like a sleepless guard at the eastern border of the country blessed with verdant vegetation and azure waters inviting you to drink ouzo alongside the fishing boats stuffed with sardines, and discover everything that inspired Elytis!

Activities

Bird Watching: The Wetland of Alyki is a coastal salt lagoon located on the east side of the island. The lake is one of the most important ecosystems of Lemnos spreading over an area over six square kilometers. During the winter, the abundance of water creates the appearance of a lake while it is transformed into a salt march during the summer as the water evaporates. The wetland served as an important shelter for migratory bird species. In fact, the wetland of Alyki is renowned for to the largest seasonal gathering of flamingos in the country. The wetland of Alyki has been declared as an important area of nature from the European Network of Natura 2000. The most important birds that find shelter in Lemnos are the Pink Flamingos, known as Phoenicopterus. Others include Stone Curlews, Lesser Kestrels and Northern Wheatears. Lemnos possesses two other wetlands namely Asprolimni and Hortarolimni.

Bicycling: The countryside of Lemnos is an ideal place for cycling lovers. There are numerous bicycle rentals on the island where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of the island. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the beach of Keros and leads to the beach of Gomati. (2) Another interesting route starts from the town of Myrina and leads to the beach of Diapori. Lemnos organizes one of two cycling races in the town of Myrina.

Diving: The crystal clear waters of Lemnos make the island an ideal location for scuba diving with perfect climate conditions. One will have the opportunity to admire the rich marine life and beautiful reefs of the seabed of Lemnos. There are diving centres in the areas of Myrina and Moudros.

Hiking: Lemnos hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. (1) One of the most beautiful routes passes through the exceptional landscape of the sand dunes of Lemnos, known as Pahies Ammoudies. The trail starts from the village of Katalakkos. (2) Another interesting path starts from the village of Diapori and leads to the peninsula of Fakos. This area serves as a wildlife refuge with rugged coasts, volcanic rocks and fossilized trees. (3) It is also worth following the route that starts from the village of Therma to the chapel of Prophet Elias at an altitude of 374 meters. The views are astonishing! (4) It is also worth following the path that starts from the shoreline of Nevgatis beach, passes through the village of Thanos and ends at the imposing church of Panagia Kakaviotissa. There, you will admire one of the best views of Lemnos! (5) The path that leads to the archaeological sites of Hepheastia and Kabeiroi is also quite interesting. Situated just outside the village of Kontopouli, one should have to hike uphill in order to reach them. (6) Another beauytiful route leads to the waterfalls of Kaspakas. Follow the path from the beach of Agios Ioannis in the village of Kaspakas, and walk along the stream until you reach the waterfalls.

Kitesurfing: Lemnos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The bay of Keros and the beach of Gomati is an ideal spot for practicing kitesurfing. There is a surf camp at the beach of Keros.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Lemnos in order to explore the mysterious beauties of the island. The surrounding areas of the village of Fysini offer numerous off road driving routes.

Thermal Springs: The thermal spirngs of the village of Therma are known for their therapeutic properies. The temperature fluctuates from 35 to 45 degrees of Celsius and has therapeutic properties for arthropathy, arthritis, osteoporosis, spondyloarthritis, kidney stones, choleolithiasis and rheumatism. Today, the old facilities have been radically refurbished.

Windsurfing: Lemnos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The bay of Keros and the beach of Gomati is an ideal spot for practicing kitesurfing. There is a surf camp at the beach of Keros.

Beaches

Agios Ermolaos is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the northeast side of the island. The beach is secluded ideal for those looking for total privacy. Agios Ermolaos is known for its natural beauty.

Agios Ioannis is a long sandy beach located on the north side of the island. The beach is surrounded from huge volcanic rocks creating landscapes of unique beauty. In a close proximity, one will find several taverns offering delicious fresh fish.

Cape Tigani is a sandy cove with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. The circular cove is known for its wild beauty sceneries ideal for those looking for tranquillity. Nature enthusiasts will fall in love with this area.

Fanaraki is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the north side of the island. Actually, there the beach consists from two beaches namely Mikro and Megalo Fanaraki. These beaches are considered to be the most popular beaches of Lemnos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and beach bars.

Gomati is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most attractive beaches of Lemnos known for the longest sandy dunes of the country. One part of the beach is partially organized with sunbeds and umbrellas and a beach bar. Nature enthusiasts will fall in love with this beach.

Havouli is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of the island with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas and beach bars.

Kavournolakas is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the north side of the island. It is an isolated beach with verdant vegetation ideal for those looking for seclusion. Gifted from natural beauty landscapes, this is a great spot for relaxing.

Keros is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island distinguished for its natural beauty. Windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts will fall in love with the strong winds of the beach.

Kokkina is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. Although the beach is not easily accessible as it is one of the most isolated beaches of Lemnos, it offers moments of total seclusion in a rocky landscape of wild beauty.

Louri is a tranquil sandy beach with blue waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Lemnos ideal for nature enthusiasts.

Neftina is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island known for its turquoise waters.

Parthenomitos is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. Considered as one of the most beautiful beaches of the Aegean, it offers relaxing moments in a tranquil natural environment.

Plati is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the most popular resorts of Lemnos with various amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sport facilities and taverns.

Riha Nera is a sandy beach with blue waters located in the bay of the town of Myrina. It is one of the most popular beaches of Lemnos with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, watersports facilities and a beach bar.

Thanos is a long sandy beach with azure waters located on the south side of the island. It is a partially organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas. Thanos offers a nice secluded spot ideal for those looking for privacy. The volcanic rocks of the surrounding area offer breathtaking views.

Zematas, else known as Nevgatis, is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is one of the most isolated beaches of Lemnos. Windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts will fall in love with the strong winds of the beach. Zematas is also an ideal sunset spot.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktails Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Agrotia: Coffee, Sardes

Cafe Aigaion: Coffee, Myrina

Flamingo: Coffee, Palio Pedino

Ippokampos Cafe: Coffee, Nea Koutali

Naftilos: Coffee, Kondias

Gastronomic Delights

Andreas: Greek Cuisine, Kaminia

Cavo del Mare: Greek Cuisine, Romeikos Gialos

Ennoia po xeis: Greek Cuisine, Lyhna

Faros: Greek Cuisine, Moudros

Glaros: Seafood, Myrina

Gianakaros: Ouzo and Meze, Kotsinas Beach

Kyma: Ouzo and Meze, Moudros

Limanaki: Seafood, Tourkikos Gialos

Limani: Greek Cuisine, Myrina

Mantelas: Greek Cuisine, Sardes

Martha: Seafood, Nea Koutali

Mouragio: Seafood, Kotsinas

Opos Palis: Greek Cuisine, Thanos

Sinialo: Ouzo and Meze, Myrina

Sozos: Greek Cuisine, Plati

Tzimis: Seafood, Platy

Venetia: Seafood, Myrina

Cocktails Inspirations

Alexandros: Cocktails and Drinks, Myrina

Karagiozis: Cocktails and Drinks, Romeikos Gialos

Kinky Club: Cocktails and Drinks, Avlona

Red Rock Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Kaminia

Skala Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Kalithea

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include the Limnian wine, the cheese of kalathaki, a type of white cheese left to mature in straw baskets, and the thyme honey. The Muscat of Lemnos is the local sweet white wine that has been declared as a protected product with Designation of Origin.

The local specialties of the island include salamoura, a type of salad with raw string beans, flomaria, a type of home made pasta, klikia, the local cheese pie, pumkin pie with the local cheese of kalathaki, venizelika, the local version of chocolate fudge with almonds and vanilla icing, katimeria, a dessert made with cheese, honey or syrup and samsades, a dessert made with crust filled with sesame and nuts.

Events & Festivals

Every Tuesday after Easter Sunday, the traditional celebration in honour of Panagia Kakaviotissa is held in the church.

Every 23rd of April, the traditional celebration in honor of Agios Georgios takes place in the villages of Kalliopi and Platy. The celebrations host horse races.

Every summer, the Lemnos Festival takes place in the island. The festival hosts a series of cultural events including concerts, art exhibitions, dance shows, athletic games and theatrical plays.

Every 26th of July, the traditional celebration in honor of Agia Paraskevi takes place in the village of Thanos.

Every August, the Reborn Festival takes place in the village of Moudros. The festival hosts a series of cultural and musical events.

Every 15th of August, traditional celebrations in honor of Virgin Mary take place in the town of Myrina and the villages of Kaminia, Panagia and Tsimandria.

Every 7th of September, the traditional celebration in honour of Agios Sozon takes place in the monastery of Agios Sozon.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Hephaestus, the God of fire and metallurgy, landed in Lemnos after being thrown from Mount Olympus from Zeus. Zeus threw him following a fight with his mother Hera and was welcomed from Sinti, the excellent metallurgists. Hephaestus set up his workshop in Lemnos and became the patron god of the island.  Thoas, the first mythical king of Lemnos and son of Dionysus and Ariadne, was married to Myrina. During his reign, women led from his daughter Ipsilili, rebelled the men who neglected them and decided to all kill them except Thoas. Later, the women of Lemnos were allied to the myth of the Amazons and joined the Argonauts who stopped on the island on their return from Colchis.

History

Archaeological findings show that Lemnos has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. In the 5th century BC, Lemnos came under the Persian rule and joined the Athenian League after the Persian Wars. Remaining under the dominance of the Athenians during the Classical Period, the people of Lemnos reconstructed the town of Hepheastia, which was destroyed from the Persians. Afterwards the Macedonians conquered the island, followed from the Roman and Byzantine Empires. Following the fall of the Byzantines, Lemnos suffered from a series of pirate invasions until the Genoese ruled the island in 1453, bringing a great commercial and financial prosperity to Lemnos. Up until 1479, Lemnos was conquered many times from the Venetians and the Turks, finally being attached to the Ottoman Empire. The island was reunited to the Greek State in 1920.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Lemnos has a national airport operating flights on a daily basis from the International Airport of Athens. The journey usually lasts from thirty to forty five minutes. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (180 Nautical Miles): Lemnos is accessible by boat from the harbours of Lavrio and Piraeus. The journey usually lasts from eleven to fourteen hours. Lemnos is also connected with the islands of Agios Efstratios, Chios, Ikaria, Lesvos and Samos amongst others. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Mysterious Greece Tips

An Excursion to Agios Efstratios Island

A tiny island on the edge of the Aegean, marked from the modern political history of the country as a place of exile, Agios Efstratios, known as Ai Stratis from the locals, is blessed with the beauty of the natural sceneries and the fortitude of its people. Agios Efstratios is a volcanic island with rare geological formations, pristine seashores and oak forests. The sole hamlet of the island lies in the verdant valley formed from two dried riverbeds, which used to be the fruit gardens of the inhabitants until the devastating earthquake of 1968. The old village used to have an authentic traditional character with two storey houses perched on the hill, till the final abandonment forced from the military government; however, some of the beautiful stone houses were restored with reverence of the locals. All it takes to discover this mysterious island is a few days through the courtesy and the kindness of the locals who will open their hearts to show you their island!

Autumn and Spring in Lemnos

In spring, the beauty of the countryside and the verdant mountainous sceneries of the island are outstanding while the captivating colours and the blossoming flowers will definitely capture your attention in autumn! Who said that the islands are suitable only for summer? Due to the special geological conditions and strong winds of Lemnos, there is a total lack of forests. However, purple lilies grow in the coastal sandy dunes during the summer! These lilies have a stimulating aroma and belong to protected species. The rich fauna of Lemnos is quite remarkable. The wetlands of Asprolimni and Hortarolimni and the wetland of Alyki, the biggest natural salt lake in Greece, host many migratory, rare and protected bird species. All the wetlands have been declared as protected area from the European Network of Natura 2000. Another remarkable natural wonder of Lemnos is the dessert of the country, else known as Ammothines and Pahies Ammoudies. So, which season will you travel to Lemnos?

Bird Watching in Lemnos

The wetlands of Asprolimni and Hortarolimni and the wetland of Alyki, the biggest natural salt lake in Greece, host many migratory, rare and protected bird species. All the wetlands have been declared as protected area from the European Network of Natura 2000. The most important birds that find shelter in Lemnos are the Pink Flamingos, known as Phoenicopterus. Others include Stone Curlews, Lesser Kestrels and Northern Wheatears. Alyki is known for the largest seasonal gathering of flamingos in the country.

Blessed from the Winds: Kitesurfing or Windsurfing?

Lemnos is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The bay of Keros is one of the best spots for practising kitesurfing. The morphology of the bay is offered for complete flat sections and a mono wave spot. Gomati beach is an ideal spot for big wave fans, as it has been characterized one of the best wave spots in Greece. It is worth mentioning that Keros is an environmental protected area. Here, you will also find the organized surf camp site of Keros!

Blue, Cobald and Sapphire Waters

Lemnos is renowned for its long sandy beaches! The most beautiful beaches of the island include Cape Tigani, Gomati, Keros, Kokkina, Parthenomitos and Zematas.

Dedicate a Day to the Archaeological Site of Kavirio

The Archaeological Site of Kavirio is the oldest telesterion of Greece located close to the village of Panagia. The site was dedicated to Kaviri, the children of God Hephaestus and the nymph Cabirus, who were worshiped in Lemnos. Kavirio was the venue of the Kabirian Mysteries, an important annual festival connected with the revival of the fertility of land and the commemorating of the sanctuary of Gods.

Deer of Lemnos

Within the imposing castle of Myrina, one will have the opportunity to encounter the beautiful deer of Lemnos! The deer belong to the species of Dama Dama. The deer are protected from the Municipality of Myrina, who are responsible for the care and feeding of their living conditions.

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Lemnos offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Exploring Lemnos

The natural diversity of Lemnos hides millions of surpizes! Head to the village of Myrina for the imposing castle and the village of Agios Dimitrios to learn about its customs and traditions. Discover the vineyards of Atsiki village and admire the views from the village of Dafni. Explore the waterfalls in the village of Kaskapas and lost your way in the sand dunes of Lemnos. Observe the largest flamingos gathering in the wetland of of Alyki and discover the impressive rocky formations of Fanaraki. Enjoy the views from the chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa and taste the excellent thyme honey in the village of Skandali. Discover the traditional architecture of the village of Varos and visit the raki distillery in the village of Pedino. Grab your keys, wear your belt and start driving!

Find more Information about Lemnos

If you want to discover the entire island of Crete, it is highly recommended to be advised from the website of Mr. Charis Trouvas. He created a wonderful website with information for his beloved island. His main idea was to present a website with information about Lemnos! The website is MyLemnos.gr

From Lemnos with Love: Atsiki Women Cooperative

Atsiki village is renowned for the active women’ cooperative confectionary! Make a visit to the shop and try the delicious traditional cookies, breads, sweets and homemade pasta!

Full Moon Nights

Admiring the lights of the castle of Myrina on full moon nights is a must! The best spot to enjoy the moon is the seaside promenade of Myrina!

Golden and Sweet: Lemnos Honey

Sardes is a village hanging on the mountain slopes of Vigla. Here, you will find the best honey of Lemnos along with the renowned tavern of Mantellas with delicious local specialties.

Hiking Higher than Highest

Hiking to the chapel of Prophet Elias is a unique experience! The trail starts from the village of Therma towards the mountain at an altitude of 374 meters. When you reach the chapel, you will be rewarded from the glorious views! If the atmosphere is clear, you might even see the top of Mount Athos!

It’s Sunset Time

Lemnos is renowned for some of the most beautiful sunsets in the Aegean! You will have the opportunity to admire the best sunsets from the beaches of Avlonas and Platy, the village of Panagia and the castle of Myrina!

Lemonade Juice or Orange Juice Please?

One of the few remaining factories of Greece that produce local lemonades and orange juices is located in the area of Atsiki.

Mysteries, Mysteries and Mysteries: The Cabeirian Mysteries

The Cabeirian Mysteries was the annual celebration in honour of the Cabeiroi. The celebration used to take place in the namesake sanctuary, currently located on the northeast side of the island. The ceremony was related to the rebirth of nature and the fertility of the land. Fires and herds remained off throughout the island for the nine days of the celebration, until the ship with the sacred flame of Delos reached Lemnos, and life returned to its normal rhythm. The Cabeirian Mysteries could be attended only from those who were initiated. Those who would disobey were punished with death.

Natural Springs with Therapeutic Properties

The thermal springs of Therma is located on the mountain slopes of Prophet Elias. Known since antiquity, the spring lies on the verge of a major geological rift. The temperature fluctuates from 35 to 45 degrees of Celsius and has therapeutic properties for arthropathy, arthritis, osteoporosis, spondyloarthritis, kidney stones, choleolithiasis and rheumatism. The natural source of water was first exploited from the Ottomans in 1730. Today, the facilities have been radically refurbished and renovated offering unique moments of relaxation.

Sandy Dunes and Tropical Sceneries: The Sahara of Greece

The Sand Dunes of Lemnos is a fascinating field element of the environment of Lemnos located three kilometres away from the village of Katalakkos. The Sahara of Lemnos is one of the two deserts of Europe. Known as Ammothines or Pahies Ammoudies from the locals, the sand dunes spread over a large area. Access is possible only by walking from the beach of Gomati.

Observing like an Olympian God

Head to the village of Platy in order to witness one of the most astonishing views of the Aegean or hike up to the church of Panagia Kakaviotissa to admire the wild sceneries of the surrounding areas. The chapel of Zoodohos Pigi in the village of Kotsinas and the chapel of Prophet Elias in the village of Therma also offer fantastic views! However, Chloe Cape close to the archaeological site of Kavirio offers breathtaking sunset views!

Once Upon a Time: Lemnian Earth

The Lemnian Earth was known as a material with various medicinal properties in antiquity. It was believed that the clay had a haemostatic effect and could cure dysentery, relieve stomach ulcers and neutralize the poison of snakes. The historical location, where the Lemnian Earth used to be extracted, is located in the location of Agiohoma between the villages of Kotsinas and Repanidi.

Raki and Raki:  Pedino Raki Distillery

Another beautiful village is Pedino. Wander around the narrow alleys of the settlement and admire the beautiful stone mansions. There, you will see the raki distillery in which they boil raki in late October. The whole area smells raki, an amazing experience! Also, don’t miss out tasting the local flavours and delicious local meat of Neo Pedino!

Taste Fresh Fish in Diapori, Kotsinas and Nea Koutali

The most famous areas in Lemnos for its fresh fish are the villages of  Diapori, Kotsinas and Nea Koutali along with the beach of Agios Ioannis!

Wine Experiences

The wine tradition of Lemnos has been known since antiquity, as Homer mentioned that the wine of Lemnos delighted the Achaeans during the war of Troy in Iliad. Since them, Lemnos produces excellent varieties of wine. The Muscat of Lemnos is one of the most renowned varieties that has a Protected Designation of Origin from the Winery of Hatzigeorgiou. The Winery of Hatzigeorgiou is open for visitors all year round!

Why Visit Lemnos

To discover one of the two deserts of Europe. To admire the earliest evidence in the world for a democratic government. To observe the largest seasonal gathering of flamingos in the country. To admire some of the best sunsets in the Aegean. To discover the authentic face of Greece. To taste the delicious wine of Lemnos.

Whitish Reflections: Lemnos Name Origin

The name of the island derives from the word Lemnos, a pre-Hellenic word, meaning white. The island was named after this word because of the appearance of Lemnos. In antiquity, Lemnos tainted from the activity of two volcanoes and the island was covered in ash and dense clouds of smoke for a long time.

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Archaeological Site of Hepheastia: Sp. Salamouras by Wikimedia

Archaeological Site of Kavirio: Theachernar by Flickr

Archaeological Site of Poliochi: Alexandros by Flickr

Chapel of Panagia Kakaviotisa: Charis Trouvas by MyLemnos.gr

Deer at Lemnos: Costas Pap by Flickr

Fanaraki Rocks: Shutterstock

Filoktitis Cave: Yianni Kyriazis by Panoramio

Gomati Beach: K-K by Panoramio

Karvounolakos beach: Archimedes Nikolakis by Panoramio

Katalakkos Village: Adiak by Panoramio

Keros Beach: StathisSalt by Panoramio

Kondias Village: K-K by Panoramio

Louri Beach: Oremark by Panoramio

Myrina Town: Shutterstock

Pahies Ammoudies: Shutterstock

Skandali Village: Adiak by Panoramio