Good for relaxing holidays
Not a lot of con's that I can think of ???
"Limnos, the most friendly of all lands" - Homer
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...more
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 KerosSome organized beaches (and more popular too) can be found at the eastern side:...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
As you walk along Romaikos Yialos, the restaurants and bars seem to alternate. We had planned to take photographs of our favourite restaurants, but - well perhaps next year. There is so much choice in Myrina - but our favourites in addition to Limenakia were La Terrain, Romeos at the end of the beachfront which has a delightful terrace right...more
There are half a dozen restaurants on the harbour at Myrina - all good - but our favourite had to be Limenakia - at the end of the small harbour - before you turn right. Limenakia is the restaurant that has blue and yellow check table clothes and offers an abundance of freshly caught fish and a vast choice of greek favourites. Nothing could ever...more
The Best way to Tour Limnos is to hire your own transportation, We hired a car from " Holiday Car rentals " and found them Very Good. They have an office both in Myrina and at the Airport. Their prices are reasonable and their vehicles are in good condition and well maintained and their staff are Very helpful. I can Give this company the Best of...more
The easy way is to go there is by plane. There are two flights every day and in 35’ from Athens you are there. You can also fly from Limnos to Thesaloniki, Rhodes, Lesvos, Samos, ChiosThe other way is by boat. From Lavrio is almost 18 hours! There are 4 boats per week.From Kavala is 5 hours with one boat per day.From Alexandroupolis is 4,5 hours...more
We'll be coming to Limnos from Istanbul in early July. I have read there are ferries from Kavala and Alexandroupolis, but I have not been able to find a schedule or been able to use one of the many online ferry sites/search engines to find the frequency with which these routes are travelled. I imagine they are fairly frequent, but I would like to...more
The basic commercial area is at the port and generally up to the main shopping at the north. Some local cheese is very typical but a nice present will be the ouzo of Limnos.Ouzo is one of the most famous greek booze and people drink it often with fishes especially in the islands.Most of the shops use to close at noon and they open again in the...more
The “kalathaki” cheese variety originates in the island of Lemnos. It is worthwhile to taste and purchase it. Protected by an appellation of origin, it has won fans worldwide.It is a white cheese, round in shape and soaked in brine. It has small holes filled with droplets of fat. It ripens in a basket crafted from chaste tree stalks that leave an...more
The only downside to an absolutely fabulous holiday - was the flight home (2008 - now updated). Although some passengers were travelling with Greek Sun and Sunvil - both companies offering superb accommodation on off the beaten track islands - together with Thomas Cook staying at a large hotel on the outskirts of Myrina, the majority of the aircrafts passengers were with a fourth tour operator - and we had the misfortune to share the flight home with an extremely large number of screaming babies, whose parents thought it was perfectly acceptable to sit in the main departure lounge at Limnos Airport - changing their 'darling little offsprings nappies'. I believe that two weeks of leaving their babies with nannies whilst they went off to enjoy all the activies on offer had somewhat addled their brains, Not mentioning any names as to which company they were staying with - but it wasn't with any of the companies named above! Next time, I may well consider flying to Athens and then getting the local flight down to Limnos since there is only the one weekly direct flight from Gatwick.
UPDATE - Good news for Sunvil passengers - June 2013 - they are now using Air Germania - no complaints whatsoever. Outgoing flight went on time - and incoming flight left early to avoid the Air Traffic Controllers strike in June.
Not too many people go to this beach, which is why I am writing this tip as "off the beaten path". It is at the south east edge of the island. A very nice sandy beach. although it is a bit rocky in the water. The drive through the villages on the way is also very pleasant. Please note that there is no tavern or beach bar on this beach, so go...more
This place Really Intrigued me !! Developers built this Huge Great " White Elephant " in the late 80's, it was only open for two seasons before it closed !! The hotel had 800 beds + all the apartments and condominiums set around it. What a Fabulous Setting -- overlooking " Ifestia " ( The sanctuary of the Gods ) -- I wonder if the God's didn't...more
Without Doubt one of the Best things about Limnos is the Miles and Miles of deserted beaches, I'm not going to name a specific beach on this tip though -- Just pick any of the small dirt roads and see where it takes you !!?? We found Beautiful sandy and Empty beaches south of Moudros -- Bathing-suits are definitely " optional " on these beaches so take plenty of sun-block !!!!!!
Difficult to say exactly what my " Favourite " was !!?? The Ancient sites were Fantastic -- The Deserted beaches were Incredible, The Island's People were Friendly and Helpful !! -- Just a Great Island I suppose !!! One fond memory I had was of visiting the Ancient site of Kalogeros, from the site we took a walk down a track and discovered this...more