Limnos Island Travel Guide

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Limnos Island Highlights

  • Pro
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    mindcrime says…

     Good for relaxing holidays 

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     Not a lot of con's that I can think of ??? 

  • In a nutshell
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     "Limnos, the most friendly of all lands" - Homer 

Limnos Island Things to Do

  • Platy Beach

    Platy beach is where I worked and lived last summer and this summer coming up. really nice calm beach, never any waves, shallow, perfect for families, or to watch the water sports in the bay. BEST SUNSET ON THE ISLAND!!the evenings really liven up with all the locals hanging around till about 9 or 10 and a couple of really nice bars that stay open...

  • Sand Dunes

    So the sand dunes are quite hard to find but they are so worth the effort. amazing bright orange sand dunes. (see pictures)best place is: once you get to the car park right at the top, walk as far up and across as possible, that's where the real dunes are!!

  • Salt Flats / Flamingo Lake

    The Flamingos are quite a well known attraction on Lemnos but what most people don't know about are the salt flats that appear when the lake dries out in the summer and the flamingos leave.they are an amazing sight and really good fun (especially if you have rented a car, as its easy to drive onto and do some doughnuts and drifting)

  • Keros Windsurfing and kite surfing

    Keros beach is a worldwide attraction for windsurfers and kite surfers. two separate clubs provide the most advanced high tech kit available and the wind is amazing almost every day during the summer months

  • Abandoned Hotel

    An amazing ruin of a former resort on the central north coast of the island. 7 stories high in places, guess around 1,000 capacity if not more in its time.various rumours about how this vast resort was abandoned, most convincing from a local was: the place was built on borrowed money from the government, it was up and running for just one year and...

  • Myrina, the capital

    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...

  • Time to swim!

    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:...

  • The castle

    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.

  • The port

    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

    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...

  • Archeological Site of Kaviria, Limnos

    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

    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...

  • Chortarolimni

    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...

  • Portiano

    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...

  • Poliochni

    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...


Limnos Island Restaurants

  • Local Greek Cuisine

    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...

  • Fresh Fish

    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...

  • A lot of choices

    You will find some nice restaurants with typical greek foods and most of them had good prices. Of course, as everywhere in Greece, you can have a souvlaki, a cheap and tasteful food.


Limnos Island Transportation

  • Car Hire !!

    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...

  • How to go and move around

    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...

  • Help! Getting to Limnos from the North

    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...


Limnos Island Shopping

  • Where to shop

    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...

  • Kalathaki Cheese of Limnos Island

    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...

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Limnos Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by janhallett Updated Jul 16, 2013

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    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.

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Limnos Island Off The Beaten Path

  • The beach of Louri

    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...

  • " The White Elephant "

    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...

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Limnos Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by into-thin-air Written Jul 21, 2003

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    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 !!!!!!

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Limnos Island Favorites

  • general info

    Some useful phones at Mirina are:Police:2254022200General Hospital:2254082000If you need a post office or a bank go there 8:30-14:00 monday to friday

  • Just a Great Island !!!

    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...

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