Overview

Introduction

It does exist! An unspoiled island with a very Greek flavour, relatively few tourists, excellent sandy beaches, a characterful port, and a direct flight…

Lemnos lies halfway between the shores of Asia Minor and the slopes of Mount Athos. Indeed you can see Athos on a clear day, and they say that the holy mountain casts its shadow on Lemnos twice a year.

The island resembles a huge butterfly, its many bays giving a coastline of some 260 kms. It is the eighth largest Greek island, which means plenty of scope for exploration. Beaches are superb, even within Myrina, being sandy and safe, and there are many to choose from, including lovely Plati just outside which has a coveted Blue Flag. The interior is rural and gently hilly. Lemnos is a very traditional Greek island, where priorities remain agriculture and fishing rather than tourism.

That said, excursions do run (notably boat trips and a round island coach trip); bicycles, cars and small boats can be rented; horse riding is available at Plati; and there is a range of water sports, including a PADI dive school.

Myrina, the capital, bisected by a dominant Venetian Castro, really is most a most attractive little town. The harbour is archetypal with an array of cafés and restaurants, and plenty of small shops in the narrow lanes behind. Elegantly crumbling neoclassical buildings and good sandy beaches lie to either side, the most popular of which is Riha Nera - busy in season it offers plenty of sun beds (free of charge if you buy a coffee, drink or snack), a traditional taverna restaurant and a handful of beach bars serving food (music here).Romeikos in the next bay has no facilities but is lesser populated.

At Poliochni the remnants of four cities have been found – the most ancient predates Troy and is a site of world significance, being possibly the oldest known town settlement in Europe.More recently, Lemnos has witnessed the familiar Mediterranean roll-call, Romans, Venetians, Genoese and Turks all having left their mark. Legend has it that Aphrodite, having been upset by the local women, gave them all such halitosis that their husbands imported new wives from Thrace! The Lemniot ladies promptly drugged them all and threw their bodies over the cliffs. As one local guide book put it, ‘After this event a society of Amazons was created, till the Argonauts reached the island… The island was successfully repopulated.’

They do say these old tales often have a factual basis. Could that old man sitting in the coffee shop be a direct descendant of Jason himself?

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Getting there

Thursday Day flight Gatwick to Lemnos (note: outbound flight via Samos). Then 40 minutes by coach or taxi. It is also possible to fly from Heathrow via Athens (daily flights) - supplement on request.

Representative

Our representative in Lemnos is based in Myrina and visits all areas.

Car and Motorboat Hire

We can arrange both car and motorboat rental in Lemnos.

Gastronomy festival

The island of Lemnos in the northern Aegean, for the second consecutive year, will host the “Lemnos Philema” gastronomy and wine festival, between July 27 and 29, 2018.

Greek cuisine is a mosaic of flavours that tells the story of Greece’s rich cultural and culinary history. While herbs – thyme, oregano, basil, mint – are used extensively in Greek cooking, the presence of spices is part of the Byzantine heritage and a testimony to the great influx of Greeks from Asia Minor. To them we owe such popular dishes as moussaka, imam baildi (stuffed eggplant), all the filo pastries in the baklava family, meats seasoned with cumin, and many many more.

During the event, 21 local producers will present their products ranging from traditional pasta, cheeses and legumes to wine, pastry, herbs, olive oil and many more. The island's 'local larder' and recipes are a product of the landscape, its fertility, crops, pastures, proximity to the sea.

The two-day event will be held at the Apothiki cultural venue in the port of Mirina and the people of Lemnos and our representative Annette await to offer your tastebuds a treat!

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Time Difference

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Currency

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Average flight times

3 hours 40 minutes

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Stella Proctor
Stella Proctor

A long serving member of the Greek team, Stella joined Sunvil in 2004. At the start of her working career in the early 1970s, she worked for one of the original Cypriot specialists and a then Sunvil competitor Kypros Holidays. She subsequently spent a long time out of travel but was inevitably drawn back to the industry. Very well travelled and well versed in our Greek destinations, Stella is responsible for reservations to Cyprus which is where her parents come from and where they currently live. She ranks Skopelos as her favourite Greek island.

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