Limnos information about the island of Lemnos
Limnos or Lemnos is a beautiful island situated in the north Aegean sea. It is a
volcanic island, and therefore was the god of fire Hephaestus
especially worshipped here in antiquity.
A very green and lush island, it has blessed its people with fertile soil
where they grow olives, fruit and wheat, breed animals and make honey of
the many flowers that covers Limnos. In general, the islanders here are
quite traditional, which means they still hold hospitality as something
almost sacred, and have kept many old customs.
For holidaymakers, Limnos offers nice beaches and lot of things to see.
The island is a popular summer resort for both Greeks and foreigners but
has kept its genuine atmosphere.
According to mythology, the goddess Hera
got very angry with her son Hephaestus
one day, and threw him off Mt. Olympus. He landed on Limnos, where he was
taken care of by the people, making the island his special place. Although
some myths refer to Sicily as his workshop, others hold that he worked on
Limnos. What is certain, though, is that Hephaestus
was the patron god of this island, and that at least one temple was built
to his honour here.
Another story tells us about the angry women of Limnos who murdered all
the men of the island after a long time of feeling neglected by their
husbands. They chased away their king Thoas, and ruled their island as
they liked. When Jason
and the Argonauts
made a stop at the island, they stayed for while with the women, made them
pregnant, and so, Limnos was to have a male population once more.
Archaeological excavations have found evidence of very early
settlements on Limnos. There are theories that one of the first peoples
were the Etruscans.
Limnos was part of the Persian empire in the 5th century BC, and when
Greece had defeated their enemy, it joined the Athenian League. Then
followed the same line of rulers as in the rest of the Aegean: the
Macedonians , Romans, The Byzantine empire, the Genuans, Venetians and
The island also suffered several pirate attacks, and when the war of
independence begun in 1821, Limnos fought bravely. The island was
liberated in 1912.
What to See :Above Myrina, Limno's capital, towers the kastro. It was probably an acropolis in antiquity, but what we see today dates back to the Venetians. There is also an interesting archaeological museum in Myrina, with findings from around the island. In Myrina there is an archeological museum that is worth a visit as it houses many ancient relics and ceramics excavated from nearby Polyohni and dating from prehistoric times. As well as finds from Polyohni there are also relics from Myrina, Hephaestea and Kavirio.
Poliochni is also an ancient settlement that has been excavated on the island. Its people left in the middle of the 2nd Millennium BC, probably because of an earthquake.
At Repanidi there ruins of a castle from the Byzantine era.
The Church of Life-giving Source (Zoodochos Pigis) is important for those interested in history, since there is a statue here of the young girl called Maroula, and who fought the Turks on her own in the 15th century .Not far from Myrina is the large picturesque village of Kondias with its traditional island mansions. 28 km from Myrina is the village of Kaminia. Here you can see the ruins of the ancient settlement of Polyohni . Close to Kaminia is the village of Moudros which used to be the old capital of Limnos. Heading north-east from here is the village of Kondopouli where the two ancient settlements of Hephaestea and Kavirio can be seen. At Hephaestea are the ruins of an ancient settlement that you can visit. Even though the place was settled way before then, there are findings of temples and a Roman theatre here. Nearby is located the Temple of Kavirio which was probably used for religious ceremonies in ancient times. At the north-east tip of the island is the village of Plaka
where you will find the spa at Agios Haralambos. At Skandali you can also visit the monastery of Agios Sozon.
What to Do You can do watersports on several of the
beaches of Lemnos, and there are also tennis courts and a golf course. In Mirinia there is a cinema, and all films are
shown in their original language with Greek subtitles.
Limnos Beaches :Limnos has many
beaches. You can go searching for your own, quiet spot if you want, or
visit the more popular ones, for example Fanaraki, Riha Nera, Romeicos
Gialos and Kaminia.With a coastline of 259km there are many beautiful
sandy beaches to be found all over the island. Close to Myrina you can
enjoy the shallow waters and golden sands of beaches like Romeikos Gialos,
and Riha Nera. Beautiful sandy beaches are not hard to find. Try too
the beaches of Avlona and Plati . At the village of Kondias is the pretty
sandy beach of Evgati and enjoyable swimming to be had at Kotsinas
near Repanidi. The beach of Varoskopos, close to the village of Kaminia is
attractive whereas south-east at Moudros is the beach of Fanaraki with the
beach of Agios Gianis close by. On the north-east coast of the island, not
far from Plaka is the small village of Panagia. There are some
lovely beaches also around this whole area, such as Agia Sotiras and, a
little further, Kolokithi beach.
Nightlife:The nightlife here is
quite good, without being too wild. You'll find several bars and clubs in
Food in limnos :Limnos is an excellent
island for trying out some really genuine meals. There are many
restaurants in Myrina and the villages, but you should ask for the local
specialties if you really want a taste of Limnos. There are various
seafood specialties, local cheese, honey and wine, as well as a renowned
halva - a kind of sweet.
Limnos Shopping :You'll find
quite a few shops in Myrina. There, they sell textiles and jewellery, but
the most typical thing you can get from Limnos is some of its wine or honey.
Getting Around:Transportation on the island is good with local buses connecting all the main villages and towns., there are also taxis and vehicles for rent on the island, as well as boats that go to the various
Getting There :There are flights to Limnos from Athens, and you can also get a ferry boat from Rafina to get here.There is also ferry connections to Limnos from Lesvos, Chios and Thessaloniki. Limnos has ferry connections with Mykonos, Paros Syros, Kos, Patmos and Rhodes as well as Volos Kavala and Alexandropoulis in Northern Greece.
|Facts about Limnos*
|Size: 476 sq. km
||International code: 0030
|Population: about 16 000
||Local code: 22540
||Hospital: 22222. 23333
|Internet cafe: Yes
||Port Police: 22823
|Highest Mountain: Skopia 470m
||Tourist Police: 22221
||Fire Brigade: 22199
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