Myrina is the capital town and the basic port of Limnos. Its name comes from an ancient queen Myrina. The castle up in the hill split the town in two parts, the port and the seaside.
We spended most of our time in Limnos here in Myrina, during the day walking around the streets and alleys, checking the local architecture (a lot of lovely houses with red tiles).
There are some museums to check:
Archeological Museum of Lemnos, It’s located at 3story building at Romeiko Yalos with items that had been found all over the island.
Byzantine Museum, with a lot of items related to orthodox church, check also the Cathedral of Agia Triada
But also during the night we stayed in Myriba because the nightlife action of the island (some café, pubs etc) takes place here, nothing to get excited with but at least we had some beers :)
Relax at one of the many non croweded beaches like Parthenomytos, Nevgatis, Thanos etc On August there are some people but even then Limnos is less touristic island than many others.
For windsurfing try Keros beach,30km NE of Myrina or Kematas beach which is near Keros
Some organized beaches (and more popular too) can be found at the eastern side:
Plati, here you can find watersport facilities, restaurants and cafes
Thanos, long sandy beach with some sunbeds and umbrellas
Agios Ioannis, usually crowded in summer due to its proximity to Myrina
I liked to walk in the port a lot. The fishermen were bringing their fishes, people stroll around, nice views, especially during the night.
I also had the opportunity to talk with some of the local fishermen, for them the most important was the weather and the season, they didn’t really care about tourism.
Poliochni is the most important archaeological site in Limnos island. Here the Italians archaeologists discovered seven different layers of civilization, one on the top of the other, dating back to the very dawn time. The Neolithic town predates the Egyptian dynasties, the Minoan Kingdoms of Crete, and even the earliest level of Troy. Walls and remains of the next oldest town (2000 BC) which was probably destroyed by an earthquake or another geological phenomenon and claims the oldest baths in the Agean. The third city dates back to the Copper Age while the top Bronze Age settlement was contemporary with the Mycenaeans. Close to Poliohni is the abandoned monastery of Agios (Saint) Sozon.
In Kaviria, there are remains of a sanctuary connected with the cult of Kabiroi on Samothraki. The temple with the bases of 12 Doric columns, built in around 6th-7th century BC, was dedicated to Thracian Aphrodite.
Hephaistia is an ancient site, was the largest and most significant town in classical times. It was built in 1000 and survived for over 2000 years. Hephaistia took its name from Hephaistos, god of fire and metal working. According to Mythology, Hephaistos landed in Limnos after being hurled from Mount Olympus by Zeus, the fall leaving him lame for ever. Much of the site remains unexcavated, but there are scant remains of a theatre and a temple dedicated to the god.
Limnos couldn't be defined as an island rich in vegetation and sources of water. However the lakes Alyki and Chortarolimni change radically the entire landscape, giving the impression of a little oasis. In recent years, they were identified as a very important aquatic biotope because of the presence of the flamingos. Travel guides say that these wonderful birds choose the lakes of Limnos to repair to in wintertime, and they leave at its end. Although, other tourists told me that they had already visited the lake and watched the beautiful birds. So I visited Chortarolimni on mid September and a lot of flamingos were really there !!!
The village initially was sited in the place “Saint Spyridon”, near Kontias village. There today exist remains of the old cemetery. The residents abandoned the old village about 300 years ago, because of an epidemic of cholera (around 1700AD). They had already memories of an epidemic of plague that had affected the island on 1349-50AD.
The name Portiano has Latin origin, from the words “Porto juno”, that is to say “new harbour”. This harbour was made by the Venetians on the beach to the S.E. of the old village, where a Venetian tower is still standing.
At Portiano part of the allied forces were camped in 1915 during the WWI expedition of Kallipolis. Many deads of this tragic expedition are burried in the allied cemetery, that exists by the village.
The initiative of the locals of Portiano village created a small yet surprising Folklore Museum. Among the interesting articles, you can see the armchair where the young Winston Chaurchill used to sit, during the WWI operation of landing on Kallipolis.
Poliochni is one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Aegean Sea, developed along the 3rd millennium BC and destroyed probably by an earthquake. Poliochni belongs to the North-East Aegean civilization, same with Troy on the west coast of Asia Minor. The discovered building phases cover a continuous period of more than 1,000 years and archaeologists distinguish them by color names.
Initially it was revealed on the summer of 1930 by the Italian Archaeological School of Athens; excavation and restoration works were carried out in 1930-1936, 1951-1956 and 1986-1995. Today it is a well organized archaeological site.
The first traces of this settlement go back to the Early Copper Era, on the borderline between 4th and 3rd millennium BC. It is sited on the top of a cliff of Vroskopos bay, on the east coast of Limnos island, near Kaminia village.
Myrina, the capital city and the biggest port of Limnos island, is inhabited since the prehistoric ages and has the name of an ancient queen of the island. Some traces of the Classic Ages fortification can be seen on the seaside. It is built between two coves, around the castle dominating the seaside and the port. It has many traditional houses covered with red ceramic tiles, scenic paved alleys and a lot of poplar trees, plane trees and eucalyptus. Many sandy beaches are near it.
In Kavirio (or Heloi), on the opposite side of Tigani Bay, there are remains of a sanctuary connected with the cult of Kaviri on Samothraki. The temple with the bases of 12 Doric columns, built in around 6th-7th century BC, was dedicated to Thracian Aphrodite. There is a beach below as well as a sea-cave, known by the name "Philoktitis' cave", that should be connected with the cult of Kaviri.
This chapel is standing near the small village of Zemata, in the area of Thanos (4 kilometres south-east of Myrina). It is located on a spectacular site, in a cave on the top of a hill.
The archaeological site of Hephaestia was the largest and most significant town in classical times. It was built in 1000 BC and survived for over 2000 years. Hephaestia took its name from Hephaestos, god of fire and metal working. According to Mythology, Hephaestos landed in Limnos after being hurled from Mount Olympus by Zeus, the fall leaving him lame for ever. Much of the site remains unexcavated, but there are scant remains of a theatre and a temple dedicated to the god.
Don't miss walking up to the Castle when visiting Myrina, The views from it are stunning, It is a bit of a climb up to it but well worth the effort and there are no entry charges. a Great photo opportunity - Don't Miss It !!!!
Walk up in the castle for a nice view of Myrina. The basic part build back in 16th century.
Say hello to the deers on the way! Yes, there are deers inside there! :)
There’s no entrance fee.