Greece the ideal destination


Limnos Island the Ideal Destination

The land of the Amazons

Limnos Island

With a gentle landscape, crystal-clear sea and beautiful beaches, Limnos has fortunately been spared the adverse effects of mass tourism. A fertile island, formed partly of volcanic rock, Limnos is almost bisected by two deep bays which leave a narrow isthmus in the middle. In addition to regular flights from Athens, Thessaloniki and Mytilene, there are car and passenger ferry services from Piraeus, Kavala and Aghios Konstantinos as well as links with the other islands of the North Aegean. In ancient times, Limnos was known as the home of Hephaistos - god of fire and the foundry. During the Bronze Age, a splendid civilisation developed on Limnos centred around Poliochni. Archaeological finds indicate that Poliochni was first inhabited in the late 4th and early 3rd millennium BC. For many years, Limnos was a bone of contention between Venetians and Turks, until captured by the latter in 1478. The island was eventually liberated and incorporated in the Greek state in 1913. The island's main town and harbour - Myrina - is situated on the west coast. The climb up to the ruined fortress - built in 1186 - is well worth the effort, for the view over the bay to Mt. Athos is quite spectacular. The Archaeological Museum of Myrina houses finds from all over the island, including Stone and Bronze Age objects, as well as finds from the Kabira shrine of Chloe and the prehistoric settlement of Poliochni. The Cathedral has a finely carved 18th century wooden iconostasis. There is a splendid long sandy beach stretching north from the castle, but some of the island's best beaches are located 3km. away, below the village of Platy, which offers good accommodation and some excellent tavernas. The nearby beaches are ideal for watersports, while there are also facilities for tennis. The picturesque village of Kornos, 8 km. NE of Myrina, has two interesting 19th century churches. Three kilometres to the northeast at Kotsinas are the ruins of a Venetian castle and nearby, the ancient sites of Hephaisteia and Kabira. Excavations at Hephaisteia have revealed houses, a sanctuary, a large necropolis and a Roman theatre. Three kilometres to the north at Chloe are the ruins of Kabira shrine. Near Kaminia in the bay of Vroskopos on the east coast lie the ruins of the prehistoric town of Poliochni - one of the oldest and best preserved Aegean settlements. Near the fishing hamlet of Plaka, there are traces of an ancient settlement and a radioactive spring which was thought to have powerful healing properties in ancient times. The second largest town is the picturesque seaside settlement of Moudros, 25 km. east of Myrina, which is considered to be one of the best protected anchorages in the entire Aegean. Other places of interest are the stretch of marshland at Hortorolimni on the east side of the island, an important habitat for birds, and the sand dunes at the southern tip of the island.

Limnos Island

Limnos Island