Limnos (Lemnos) is a fertile, all-green island with beautiful beaches, ancient monuments, attractions, traditional settlements and villages, monasteries and churches as well as two volcanoes. It is ideal for your holidays and it combines entertainment with relaxation. In Mirina nightlife is pretty intense while if you are looking for something quieter, it's sure you will find it. There are countless beaches in Limnos. Riha Nera, Plati, Avlona, Romaikos Gialos and the port's Gialos are near the capital. There are also several other beaches at a longer distance. Most villages of the island are proud of their stone-built manors, their alive traditions and their impressive churches. Taste the local wine as well as the honey produced on the island and try fresh fish and the local specialties in the several taverns and the restaurants. Book your ferry tickets as soon as possible and enjoy unique holidays in Limnos.
The Limnos Port
There are regular departures from the Piraeus port to the Limnos port and the journey, including stops at other islands as well, lasts about 19 hours. For a carefree journey book online your ferry tickets via aktoploika.gr. Mirina is the capital and the port of the island. You will find the Byzantine Castle, built on the top of the hill, as well as numerous archaeological findings in Mirina.
Connection With Other Ports
Limnos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Lavrio, Agios Efstratios, Chios, Ikaria, Kavala, Lesvos, Mykonos, Patmos, Samos (Vathi, Karlovasi), Syros.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Limnos via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
There are bus itineraries towards most areas and beaches, although enough beaches can be accessed with boats as well. You can also rent your own vehicle from one of the rental agencies available on the island. For both residents' and travelers', Limnos provides a small but reliable transportation network, with routes from the island's capital to all settlements, while during summertime new routes are added, that take passengers straight to the most popular beaches. The central bus station is located about 300 meters from Myrina Port, at Christodoulidou St. Tickets prices are very low, without exceeding 10 euros. You can buy your ticket inside the bus as well. During summertime the routes frequency, especially those that connect Myrina with the most crowded beaches, is increased.
Limnos Guide / Information
Are you looking for an island in the Aegean with isolated beaches even on the 15th of August which is not however tiny? Museums and archaeological sites, gastronomy, fine wines, restaurants and taverns? To have rooms to let but also good hotels? Pack your bags for Limnos! One of the larger islands of the Aegean, 8th in size, because of its location and shipping and air link lacks, has everything that you look for in the place of your holiday, without too many tourists that "burn" everything.
Well, centuries ago Zeus was fighting with Hera and the chief of the gods, threw his son Hephaestus from Olympus to the earth of Limnos. The islanders took care of him and as a reward, he taught them the art of metallurgy and installed there his laboratory. The legend needed the presence of the God of fire in order to justify the intense volcanic activity on the island. The science from the other hand confirms that the inhabitants of the island are the first that constructed bronze weapons with metals from Asia Minor.
Limnos, nowadays may be considered as a secluded island, but for centuries was among the most important maritime crossroads that were uniting the Mediterranean with the Black Sea. A focal point!
Start the discovery of this beautiful island from Mirina, its capital. A rock crowned with a Byzantine castle, with hiding places full of deer, separates the two seasides of the city: the Roman and the Turkish. The coastal road with the mansions in roman seaside is one of the most beautiful walks on the island. One of these mansions houses the Archaeological Museum of the island. It is small but very interesting and worthwhile to spend a morning visit.
If you wish to continue your cultural tour you have to visit definitely Poliochne, on the East side of town, where was excavated one of the earliest fortified settlements in Europe with the oldest parliament. Continue to the north, in Hephaestia, a city dedicated to Hephaestus of course with a unique roman theatre and Cabeiro, where the Kebeirion mysteries take place and it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots of the island. Enjoy the view to Samothraki and Athos and dare one downhill to the cave of Philoktitis.
The hinterland hides unusual pictures for an island . Almost the entire island consists of small hills with wheat, barley, grapes and vegetables. In the northern part of the island there is a small ...Sahara. Thick beaches, small hills of fine sand and a few scattered brushwood compose purebred African landscape in the northern Aegean Sea!
Descending to the south is worth a stop at the village Kontias where beautiful stone mansions beautify the natural landscape even more. From the mountainous Kontias to Moudros, the largest natural port of the Mediterranean Sea. Visit it, not only for its beauty but also for its historical and mythological importance. For centuries constituted one of the main supply stations for the campaigns of the Greeks in the Black Sea and to the Asian mainland, as well as for the Trojan war.
The island has beaches for all tastes: the beach of Thanos for families with shallow and calm waters, the beaches Plati and Zemata for more social people, and finally there are the beaches for anchorites, Parthenomito, Gomati, Ai-Yiannis and Kapakas. (the others are kept secret and you should connect with other travelers and hermits or locals who may reveal them to you !)
Besides the beaches, the island has hot springs and mud baths for the more adventurous. So for a hot bathroom, visit the well-organized spa, at Therma, very close to the capital of the island, in a renovated building dating from 1730 that was built by Turkish Sultans. For mud baths you can go to the cape of Plaka, to see firsthand, the famous "Limnos' Land".
The wine of Limnos and the gastronomy
The inhabitants of the island were taught the cultivation of the vine by the son of Dionysus and Ariadne, Thoa. Two varieties reign on the island, Limnio or Kalambaki, considered the most ancient Greek variety and Muscat of Alexandria cultivated exclusively in Limnos. Don't miss to taste the sweet wines produced from overripe grapes of this variety. Three wineries on the island make their first steps in wine tourism and have begun to receive visitors. Peter Xatzigeorgiou's winery, in Karpassi, the winery of Savvoglou and Tsivola with the distinctive title 'Limnos Organic Wines' in Kaspakas and finally the winery of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Limnos, in Mirina, are waiting for you to taste fine wines along with the winemakers themselves. And from wines to cheeses! Two of the most delicious Greek cheese is the kalathaki and the melichloro or melipasto. Accompany them with local pasta, noodles, valanes and aftudia.
The island was known as breadbasket from antiquity until today, retains tradition of manufacturing these exceptional pasta made of local grains. The island is famous for its very fresh fish, don't miss the chance to enjoy it in taverns by the sea. Finally, taste the ...historical venizelika, chocolate bites full of nuts which Eleftherios Venizelos enjoyed when he visited the island.
- Kaspakas Waterfalls, north of Myrina Town, is a remarkable scenery with flowing water, lakes and countless colors. It's the right choice for a daily trip or a picnic. Just beside them there is a beach for those who wish to swim.
- On the island's northwestern side, in Gomati village, you can visit Ammothines, a scenery painted red, similar to planet Mars surface. You can also see the fossilized tree trunks, the only remains of the island's volcanic action centuries ago. Those of you, who love walking, will adore this course.
- Kontias area on the south combines the village's traditional beauty with the beach's and the whole coast's natural loveliness. You can also visit the wetland and see rare bird spices, including flamingos.
- Lemnos kitchen has recipes that you won't find in any other place in Greece.The most famous are "tiganoudia" or "tiropitoudia" (small fried pies), "aftoudia" (handmade pasta), the "Lemnio" and "Moshato Alexandreias" wines and roast meat dishes.
- The island is full of wild rabbits, so don't forget to taste some of the many recipes including rabbit.
- "Melihloro" is Lemnos' traditional cheese. Try it and you'll definitely buy some on your way home.
- Lemnos is also famous for it's "tsipouro" (a drink similar to ouzo). Even if you don't like these kind of drinks, you'll love this one.
The island's roads are in good condition, although there are many animals. Goats, wild rabbits and squirrels use to jump or sit in the middle of the road all the time, so don't drive quickly.
Always have a light jacket with you during nights, especially when you are in mountainous places.
Happy Holidays in Limnos!!!