Stone villages with castles, and a 5,000-year-old city with loads of attractions and more! Welcome to Lemnos Island…
Found between the islands of Thassos and Lesvos in the North Aegean Sea, Lemnos island Greece, or Limnos, is well-known for its combination of big, beautiful, sandy beaches dotted along its coastline and a landscape decorated with mountains.
Not to mention, Lemnos (Λήμνος in Greek) is one of the best choices for windsurfers!
Lemnos is not necessarily one of the more popular tourist islands in Greece, but it’s greatly appreciated by all those who visit for its natural peacefulness and stunning beauty.
An Overview of Lemnos
The island’s open feel and plentiful golden beaches make for a relaxing and calm trip. For those who enjoy a bit of exploration during their travels, Lemnos offers a range of activities including opportunities to visit charming castles and archaeological sites or spend time trying a variety of local delicacies.
Make sure to try the delicious and affordable fresh seafood dishes while visiting Lemnos. You’ll also enjoy eating pasta, cheese, honey and drinking the local wine!
Lemnos is known as one of ancient Greece’s vineyards and sources of bread.
Back in the day, Lemnos Island was the place to go for healing when people were sick. They came to the island when they were unable to find medicinal cures that worked.
People would travel to Lemnos to gather even just a small handful of the island’s volcanic soil. The soil was believed to work miracles and rid people of their sicknesses. Lemnos still holds its magical healing reputation.
Things to Do in Lemnos Island
Poliochni Village is a famous prehistoric settlement which was founded in the late 4th to early 3rd millennium BC. The settlement sits on a hill which looks out at Cape Vroskopou.
Poliochni is famous for being one of the most significant Neolithic-Bronze Age settlements in the whole of the Aegean.
There were many different building phases during Poliochni’s more than 2,000-year existence. Archaeologists have labeled and organized the different periods using colors. So you will see things marked in red, yellow, green, blue, brown, violet, and black.
When you make your way to the main village on Lemnos, be sure to visit Myrina Castle. The castle sits in between two of the island’s neighborhoods, Romeiko, a Greek settlement, and Turkiko Yialo, a Turkish settlement.
When you set out to visit one of the main attractions on Lemnos, keep in mind that it can only be accessed from the east side. Myrina Castle, built by Andronikos I Komninos, the Byzantine emperor who lived from 1118-1185, now home to 70 deer.
The first deer came to live within the castle walls in the 1970s when Rhodes donated three Dama Dama deer to Lemnos. You can spend time with the deer during your visit.
Lemnos Island Villages
The villages on the island of Lemnos are all beautiful and unique. You will find collections of beautiful stone pieces wherever you go. Some villages to stop by during your stay are Katalako, Romanos, Kontia, Kontopouli, and Myrina.
The art of stonemason is prevalent everywhere. You’ll also surely notice the island’s special finishing techniques and decorative style. Notice that Lemnos’ ‘mantras’ are unique farm buildings, more complex than sheep housing you’d see elsewhere!
Salt Lakes of Lemnos
Another fun place to visit: the salt lakes of Lemnos which sit near Kontopouli. The three salt lakes are called:
Alyki, Asprolimni, and Hortarolimni.
These names mean Salt, White, and Grassy, respectively.
The biggest of the three lakes is Alyki, which connects to the sea. During the summer, the seawater dries out to create high-quality salt. The EU’s Natura 2000 network protects the three lakes due to the presence of a wide variety of migratory birds who spend their time there. So, enjoy a bit of unspoiled beauty while breathing in the fresh air.
Mysteries of Ancient Hephaistia and Cabeirian
Lemnos really does offer a lot to visitors. You’ll find the remains of the ruins of Hephaistia or Ifestia on the island. See these remains of a flourishing 5th and 4th-century BC city, protected by the god Hephaistos (Hephaestus), and worshipped by the city’s people. Lemnos, the island that housed Hephaestus’ copper workshop.
Another spot to visit is the Sanctuary of Kavirio, or the Cabeirians, which sits north of Cape Chloe. This sanctuary is another monument dedicated to the god Hephaistos. The myth says that the Cabeiroi were Hephaistos’ children. The sanctuary is said to be the scene of many Cabeirian mysteries related to nature’s fertility and rebirth.
As you explore Lemnos, you’ll notice that there are many natural sand dunes covering the northern part of the island. They take up nearly 70,000 square meters in area! These natural dunes are a rarity for Greece and create a stunning natural landscape which you don’t want to miss out on.
Lemnos Island Beaches
With much of this island being completely off the beaten track, visitors of Lemnos are often pleasantly surprised to find exquisite, deserted beaches. Perfect for quiet days by the water, the island’s beaches stretch forever and its waters, crystal clear.
Windsurfing is growing in popularity with windsurfing and kitesurfing on the eastern side of the island, especially at Keros Beach.
Plati, Thanos, Zematos, Agios Ermolaos, Fanari, and Gomati, are just some of the Lemnos Island beaches to check out.
The Flavors of Lemnos
Greeks and tourists alike know that Lemnos is famous for its honey, durum wheat, and dairy products.
So, when in Lemnos Island, spend time feasting on handmade noodles, cheeses, and honey. Don’t forget to try the island’s unique wines which have their own special taste with the essence of volcanic soils!
Lemnos Island Greece is famous for its unique wines, dating back to the days of Homer.