Lemnos being the 8th largest island in Greece, while having a morphological diversity with long beaches, mountains, biotopes, lakes, caves and hot springs, offers its lands for a number of activities. Several hiking routes are tracked in the island to provide excellent ground for its exploration. Among the most unique sites well worth exploring cross the Mount of Kakkavos, the church of Virgin Mary Kakkaviotissa
which is nested-almost hidden inside huge rocks to make a marvelous contrast between the rocks’ earthy colour, and the white washed church with blue doors. The wetlands of Lemnos are ideal habitat for several birds to bread, some of which being the local dear, wild geese, garganeys, whooper swans, shelduck, kastrels, Pelicans, Gulls, Terns, Grebes, Moorhens and dense swarms of Pink Flamingos. Lemnos also features several caves, the most historic one being the Cave of Philoctetes
, situated very close to the archaeological site of Kaviria. The cave has two entrances, one from the rock’s side and the other one by the sea and was named after the ancient Greek hero. Philoctetes lived twelve years of his life in this cave after being abandoned by his fellow warriors on the way to Troy so as to participate on the Trojan War. Achaeans eventually came back to look for Philoctetes who finally participated on the war since an oracle’s prophecy indicated that only his weapons given by Hercules would manage to give an end to the war. The cave nowadays features underwater streams and a serene environment. Last but not least, Lemnos hosts some Hot Springs
like the hot springs of Thermae close to Myrina, used since the Ottoman domination where hamams were built, or the mud baths offered at Panagia Plaka at Moundros. Moundros also houses a Petrified Forest
a unique geological phenomenon to date back some thirty million years.
Lemnos also boasts its myriads wonderful beaches, varying form busy and fully organized to quiet and secluded ones. Plati beach
is one of the most popular tourist resorts in the island lying beneath Plati village only 2km from Myrina, with a sandy shore and warm shallow waters, fully organized with all the touristic and sports facilities required. A fantastic sandy beach surrounded by volcanic rocks, partly organized and partly secluded, is Thanos beach located close to the homonymous village. Keros beach
is a rather quiet, long sandy beach nearby the village of Kalliopi, with turquoise waters to attract wind and kite surfers, who also seek for the beach of Zematas
. Situated close to the ancient Kaviros, this isolated and mesmerizing beach offers relaxed swimming and stunning sunsets. Close to Myrina visitors can enjoy the shallow waters and golden sands of beaches like Romeikos Gialos, and Riha Nera. An extensive list of wonderful sandy beaches can narrow down to the beaches of Avlona, Fanaraki, Kaminia, Evgati and Varoskopos.