Lemnos

Lemnos (Greek: Λήμνος, Limnos) is an island in the Northern Aegean Islands of Greece.

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Ifestia

The ancient site of Ifestia, located near the village Kontopouli, was from the Neolithic to the early Christianity an important religious centre. The excavations show remains of a large settlement, with ruins of a castle, a cemetery, a baths, an Hellenistic theatre and a temples of the mysterious, once only on Lemnos and its neighbouring island of Samothrace manicured worship of Cabeiri, a “Sanctuary of the Great Gods”. The identity and nature of the deities venerated at the sanctuary remains largely enigmatic, in large part because it was taboo to pronounce their names. Literary sources from antiquity refer to them under the collective name of "Cabeiri", while they carry the simpler epithet of Great Gods, which was a title or state of being rather than the actual name. The cult of the Great Gods existed in ancient Greece as one of several mystery cults in addition to the worship of the Olympian deities. Mystery cults are cults or religion whose religious doctrines and rites are kept secret from outsiders. The inclusion in such a community of worship was usually carried out by special initiation rites. Because the mystery cults have broadly maintained their secrets, their myths and rites are hardly reconstructed and there are only a lot of conjectures based on ancient writings and archaeological finds. The sanctuary was destroyed by the Persians in 511 BC. The Athenians conquered Lemnos in the early 5th century and rebuilt Ifestia again, but introduced their politically democratic system. In the the early Byzantine period Ifestia was abandoned because the natural harbour silted up due to continuous soil erosion and developing Christianity was averse to the old mystery cult.

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Kavirion

The Temple of Kavirio is located 3 km from the archaeological site of Ifestia. It is an old sanctuary also dedicated to the Great Gods (Caveiri). Its assumed that the sanctuary of Kavirio was founded around the 6th or 7th century B.C and hence is older than the famous Sanctuary in Samothrace where these particular gods were also worshipped. After visiting the site you should definitely have a look at the “Cave of Philoktetis” which is located directly below the excavation site. According to mythology, this is the place where the Homeric hero Odysseus, on the way to the Trojan War, had left behind his comrade Philoktetis who was bitten by a snake, in the hope of a cure. It is said, that he owed his recovery due to the therapy with the famous “healing earth” of Lemnos. This earth was a major export of Lemnos especially in Roman times but was in use till the 19th century. It was mined near an extinct volcano. This mountain in the mythology was the workshop of the gods blacksmith Hephaestus.

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Myrina

Myrina is the capital and the largest city of the island. It is known for its beautiful waterfront and shopping street, neoclassical mansions, good beaches and particularly the Venetian fortress on a hill with its special view over the city and the coast. Especially when visibility is clear, so you can see Chalkidiki peninsula (Mount Athos) and other surrounding islands, like Samothrace, Imvros etc.. On the castle area deers are running freely. Myrina is the administrative center of the island, with the ferry port, a hospital, good shopping possibilities, doctors, pharmacies, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, etc. Here you will find everything that you cannot find elsewhere on the island. The tiny museum's collection in Myrina gives more about Lemnos' importance in history. Also, memorials in Myrina and Moudros commemorate many of the battles fought at the region throughout its long history.

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Keros Beach

Keros is an long beach with white sand and is characterized by its natural beauty. It is 2 km from the village Kalliopi. Keros is with its turquoise waters and fine sand is one of the most beautiful beaches and the number one place for water sports such as windsurfing and kite surfing in Lemnos. The wind starts early at noon and calmed down in the late afternoon. Because of the wind and the long distance from the capital, Keros is not much frequented. There are very few accommodations because of the protected ecosystem of the region and only some beach taverns. Several other nice beaches (e.g. '''Ag. Joannis Beach''', '''Aliki Beach''', '''Sfounos Beach''', '''Panagia Beach''') line up the coast up to the village Plaka. All are little frequented because they are not easily accessible and also affected by the strong winds but popular as ''naturist beaches''.

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Makris Gialos Beach

Makris Gialos is a particularly beautiful sandy beach and is 7 km away from Moudros. The beach has crystal clear water and stretches up to several kilometers. Its a good place for swimming and ideal for surfing because of the constant winds. Nearby is Poliochni, an important historical site where many facilities and hotels are located. In the area there are quiet a number of other beaches as '''Skidi Beach''' or '''Parthenomytos Beach''' with its green water. They can be reached only on dirt roads. On this beach a number of trees were planted that are specially maintained for the visitors to provide some shade. On Parthenomytos beach is a small cafe where you can order drinks.

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Kokkina Beach

Kokkina is one of the most isolated beaches in Lemnos, located 11 km south of Myrina near the Cape of Fakos in Kondias Bay, has barely tourism and is not easily accessible. Fakos is an ecological park. At the end of Kondias bay is the Beach of Diapori where dining options are available. From Diaporiyou have to take a 7 km long gravel road to the beach of Kokkina. The location is ideal for long hours of peaceful sunbathing and especially favoured by nudist swimmers. Although the road to the beach is a bit of a difficult, it's worth a try for those who avoid crowds. The fine reddish sand and turquoise water in combination with the wild landscape is quite intriguing.

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Agios Ermolaos Beach

This quiet and partly rocky beach is known for its breathtaking barren landscape and is located near the village Propouli. North of Propouli there are a whole series of bays surrounded by magnificent nature. Not all are easy reachable, but to going on a “discovery tour” you will enjoy unforgettable lonely bizar landscapes. Because nothing is signposted and good maps hardly available (because of military reasons) its advisable to check the landscape on Google Earth before going there. It is one of the "must see" locations of Lemnos.

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Poliochni

located 9km east of Moudros near the village of Kaminia. The excavation site is often called "the oldest city in Europe." Poliochni started as a small Neolithic village in the 4th millennium BC and evolved into a thriving city that lived from copper. You can see ancient pottery, ruins of houses, barns, aqueduct, theatre and a parliament. The small museum explains in detail the history of the place and is worth a visit. The view from the archaeological site of the sea and the surrounding area round out a visit.

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Neftina Beach

is located near the archaeological site of Kavirio close to the halfway abandoned village Agios Alexandros. The way to Neftina beach leads partly on gravel road that is in poor condition. Neftina is a long sandy beach with clear water. The beach is shallow and ideal for children. There are no taverns or beach chairs. A visit to the beach combines well with a tour to the nearby archaeological sites of Ifestia and the remarkable cave of Philoctetes at Kavirion. A visit there is highly recommended.

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Fanari Beach

3km south of Moudros Fanari (also called Fanaraki) is one of the most popular beaches in the region. The long sandy beach extends over several meters and is surrounded by green hills. The beach has some tourist facilities, such as umbrellas and sun beds. The beach is protected from the strong winds and has gentle waves. The way to the beaches is not paved. Fanaraki beach consists of Micro Fanaraki and Megalo Fanaraki. Micro Fanaraki is located in a small bay 300 south of Megalo Fanari.

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Plaka

Plaka at the east end of the island is one of the most beautiful villages with traditional architecture and the small fishing port. Some windmills are situated close to the village, which, although no longer in use, are good photo opportunities. 2km northeast of Plaka stands the church of Ag. Haralambos on a hill with a wonderful view over the north coast. It is best to be here just before sunset, which is worth seeing here, because of the special landscape as background.

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Plati Beach

One of the most popular beaches in Lemnos, directly below the village Plati. This beautiful beach stretches for about 700 meters and offers various tourist facilities, including sun loungers and parasols. There are cafes, bars and a water sports centre with training lessons and equipment for all age groups. The water is clean and flat, ideal for children. Some large trees provide good shade in hot summer days. Nearby there are taverns and accommodation for every budget.

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Stivi Beach

6 km south of Myrina has a special charm with clean water, soft sand and gravel. The isolated location and the natural beauty of the landscape brings a peaceful atmosphere. The area is surrounded by tall trees giving shade during the hot days of summer. There are no beach facilities. Access to the beach is fairly simple, despite its remote location. There is a café nearby, where you can drink your Greek coffee and enjoy the view of the sea.

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Thanos Beach

Beautiful sandy beach, which is partly organized with umbrellas and sun loungers, but there are as well free areas, where visitors can enjoy absolute peace (nudist area). The area is surrounded by volcanic rocks and the coast has fine sand and azure waters. There are few accommodations and taverns that line the beach. This is a nice place to spend holidays, especially for families, because it is not too busy and not too loud.

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Aliki

In summer Aliki is a big salt lake where you can walk on and a „must see“ destination in Lemnos. During rainy season it gets to a wetland. This wetland of Aliki- Chortarolimni (inbetween Kontopouli and Panagia) acts as a resting and wintering area for many species of migratory birds. The bird fauna of the region consists of more than 30 migratory and endemic species. With good luck you can see quite a number of flamingos.

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Gomati Beach

The beach of Gomati is a “must see” location and is nestled in a bay, a few km from the village Katalakos. This fine sand beach has the largest dunes of the island (and actually the largest sand dunes in Greece and locals also called it "the only desert in Europe") and crystal clear water. The beach is accessible via a dirt road and is quite long and rarely crowded. There is a beach bar, parasols and sun loungers.

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Romaikos beach (Gialos)

One of the main beaches, belongs to a suburb of Myrina with beautiful neoclassical houses and narrow streets. The beach is not very long, and part has umbrellas and sunbeds. The coast is sandy and the water shallow. At the beach different water sports are offered and other tourist facilities, such as fish taverns and hotels. Going to the nearby hill, one has a beautiful view of Myrina town and the castle.

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Karvounolakas Beach

Karvounolakas is a nice beach in a wonderful location, an isolated bay with soft sand. There are no tourist facilities, but the crystal clear waters and the charming background are quite rewarding. This is the ideal place for total privacy and relaxation in a unique natural beauty ( suitable as a ''nudist beach''). The beach is easily accessible by car or motorcycle from the main road.

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Evgatis Beach

is a beautiful sandy beach located in a bay on the south side of the island. It is an organized beach where umbrellas and chairs are available for rent. The beach is 6 km south from the capital and has a wide and 4 km long sandy beach. It is a one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. On the west side are volcanic rocks and a river separates the beach into two parts.

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Avlonas Beach

Avlonas is one of the closest beaches to Myrina and still reachable on foot. It is not crowded, has a couple of beach facilities and is known for its clear water. Also a space for beach volley exists. Opposite of the beach are some volcanic rocks what makes the beach attractive for snorkelling and fishing. Avlonas is quieter than the beaches in Myrina itself.

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Therma

If you drive about 6 km from Myrina towards the airport, you reach the turnoff to Therma, a facility with thermal springs. The small spa facility offers visitors not only relaxing bathes in the 39-43 degree warm thermal water but also mud therapies with the famous "Lemnos healing earth", therapeutic and relaxing massages and beauty treatments.

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Kotsinas Beach

The beach is located in the picturesque bay of Kotinas with its small fishing port and the very interesting Chapel on a small hill. Under the chapel you go down into a cave. In the bay there are good restaurants and the beach is equipped with beach chairs, umbrellas and beach bar. The bay is one of the "must see" places in Lemnos!

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Myrina beach

The nearest beach to the main town is very clean, with soft sand and only a few steps away from the center. The beach is lined with poplar and plane trees giving good shadow around the bay. Hotels, Apartments are located in the immediate vicinity. There are also fish taverns serving tasty dishes

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Prassa Beach

The quiet beach of Prassa has crystal clear water and fine sand with pebbles reaching the shore. Prassa is not organized, completely calm, without sunbeds or parasols. The lonely landscape and green hills give a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The beach is easily accessible by car or motorcycle.

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Louri Beach

Louri is a quiet and unspoiled sandy beach with a rocky seabed not far from the village Skandali. The place is ideal for sunbathing and swimming without the bustle of the tourist crowds. There is no beach facilities such as sunbeds and umbrellas and the area retains its pristine nature.

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Moudros

Moudros is the second largest city of Lemnos and has a beautiful harbor for fishing boats. Moudros was the base of operations for the Greek fleet in World War I and in World War 2 occupied by the German Army being a major port for the Armed Forces at the strategically important island.

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Chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa

A visit of the chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa, dedicated to the Virgin Mary is highly recommended. The chapel lies on Kakkavos hill in a cave, surrounded by steep cliffs, 4 km from Myrina. The unique views and tranquility of the landscape are worth the somewhat difficult climb.

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Koukonesi

is a small island close to Moudros, which can be reached via a causeway. The island is an important archaeological site, with possible links to Troy. On display there is nothing spectacular, but the hike over the dam and the views of the Gulf of Moudros are worth the detour.

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Zematas Beach

The beach is located near the villages of Plaka and Panagia and is popular for locals but especially for wind surfers. It is the No.2 meeting place for the surfers after Keros Beach. It is a quiet sandy beach and partly organized with umbrellas, beach chairs and a beach bar.

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Kondias

Kondias is one of the most beautiful villages of Lemnos. The village stands on a pine-covered hill. A walk along the traditional stone houses, the abandoned windmills, the streets lined with plane trees and the picturesque church of Aghios Dimitrios should not be missed.

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Kontopouli

Kontopouli is a beautiful village near Kavirio and Ifestia, the most important archaeological sites on Lemnos. It's worth to sit in one of kafenios around the Platia (central square) to have a coffee and to watch the typical rural life and to talk with locals.

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Gomati Dunes

this dunes are the largest dunes of the island and actually the largest sand dunes in Greece and locals also called it "the only desert in Europe". The dunes are accessible via a dirt road. The beach nearby is also worth a visit and has a beach bar.

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Ifestia Beaches

Near the ancient site of Ifestia there are several beaches some of them with touristic infrasctructure that are well managed and where you can find good cool off after a visit to the ruins. The best way to get there is through the village Kontopouli.

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Kaspakas

Kaspakas is a small village on the slopes of a mountain. It has many traditional stone-built houses and narrow paths for strolling. Approximately 3 km northwest of Kaspakas there are waterfalls, which are worth visiting especially after rains.

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Ag. Nicholas Church

The church is beautifully situated on a small island connected by a causeway to the peninsula at Portiano / Nea Koutali. At the end of the peninsula is a stone pyramid of WW1 with a good view of the bay. The path goes through a bad dirt road.

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Plaka Beaches

one beach is located in a bay in the extreme north-east of the island, the other south of the village. The beaches are mainly used by the people of the village. From here you can see the Turkish neighbour island Imvros (Gokceada).

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Cape Tigani Beach

Cape Tigani located 8 km south of Myrina. The beautiful bay has a unique round shape and is surrounded by lush green hills. The calm clear waters and fine sand creating a nice holiday atmosphere.

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Agios Ioannis Beach

The long sandy beach of Agios Ioannis is surrounded by volcanic rocks, has fine sand and crystal clear water. A tavern is located directly on the beach offers fresh fish and seafood.

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Papias Beach

Papias is a picturesque bay with a rather small sandy beach and crystal clear water. It is popular with anglers and fishermen and surrounded by barren landscape.

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Riha Nera beach

The beach is well organized with beach bar and rentals of water sports equipment. Riha Nera is the most cosmopolitan beach on the island.

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Plati

This small and beautiful village is popular for its beach. There are some taverns and tourist facilities near the village.

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Thanos

The traditional village is surrounded by greenery and has a beautiful view over the sea.

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Romnao

Romano is known for its old black stone houses and the remains of fossilized trees.

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