Windy Limnos is an island that possesses many stunning areas and a long and important history that started in the ancient times and reaches the mid-20th century.
The island offers many options for your vacation. Countless, wonderful beaches with crystal clear waters, unique natural scenery, fun and entertainment, delicious homemade food, museums and archaeological sites, a Geological Park, a petrified forest and even a mini Sahara! The unique sand dunes at Gomati, which spread out in an area of 70 acres!
Lemnos is also called the “island of Hephaestus”, the God of fire and metallurgy. According to Greek mythology, Zeus got so angry with Hephaestus, once, because he disobeyed Zeus and assisted the goddess Hera, that he casted him with such force from Mount Olympus, the home of the gods, that he landed on Lemnos.
There, he taught the residents the art of metallurgy. And, indeed, excavations performed at Poliochne, an archaeological site on the eastern side of the island, near the village Kaminia, revealed a prehistoric settlement in which exceptional metallurgists have lived.
Lemnos, is also the main location where Euripides’ tragic play “Philoctetes” takes place.
Since the antiquity, until the mid-20th century, Lemnos remains a dynamic piece of history. During all these years it confronted many conquerors who left indelible marks all over the island. Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Franks, Turks.
The innocently attractive Myrina is the charming capital and the main port of the island. Its name is not a random choice. The city was named after the wife of Thoantas, the first King of Lemnos. Its aristocratic beauty will be present in every stroll you make around its picturesque little streets.
You will walk along the Romeikos Gialos area, with the elegant, well preserved, traditional, double storey houses that once were the impressive mansions of the island. Down the Romeikos Gialos, next to the small fishing boats that are moored, there is a long paved pedestrian street offered for endless walks.
On one side of the pedestrian street you will come across a big selection of tavernas, bars, cafes, restaurants and shops with various goods. We advise you to, absolutely, taste the fish and the lobsters since they are very fresh and well-cooked. Even if you are not a seafood enthusiast, here you will become one!
On the other side lies the endless blue of the Aegean Sea and a horizon so clear that you can see the point where the Earth meets the infinite Sky.
Straight down, you will see the Castle of Myrina or “Palaiokastro” standing proudly, perched on a rocky and steep peninsula of 120 metres of altitude. A glorious piece of the past with an exceptionally old and intense history that invites you to discover it as the site is open to public. In the evening, the whole Castle is brightly illuminated and it looks as if it is hovering above Myrina in order to protect the city. It’s a fascinating sight that will definitely captivate you!