Limnos is an island with special natural beauty and ideal geographical position, fact that has added to the key role Lemnos played in the First World War. Its special shape creates an infinite coastline with gulfs, bays and numerous beaches to choose among. Lemnos has developed tourist facilities and there are many hotels and restaurants to enjoy your holidays.
According to the legend, Limnos is the island where the Argonauts stopped on their way to mythical city of Kolhis, highlighting the importance of the islands position in the Aegean. The crops of wheat and sesame since antiquity gave to Lemnos prosperity as it was the granary for ancient Athens and the supplier of the Byzantine Emperor. Lemnos becames part of Latin Empire after the division of the Fourth Crusades but is reclaimed by Byzantines in 1278. After the Fall of Constantinople in Turks in 1453 Limnos fell under Venetian Rule and the island is targeted and claimed with constant battles. Lemnos becomes a part of the Greek State in 1912 during the Balkan Wars.
Limnos spans an area of 477,3 sq. km. with a total population of 17.270 residents. Lemnos is located near the coastline of the strait of Dardanelles or Çanakkale of Turkey on the east. The islands closer to Limnos are Agios Efstratios on the south, Imbros on the northeast and Samothraki on the north.
The most popular beaches on Limnos are: Myrina, Platy, Thanos and Keros Beach where windsurfers enjoy the sea and wind. Due to the Lemnos significant role in past wars there are two military cemeteries; one of them holds the remains of Commonwealth soldiers lost at Gallipoli during World War I. There are also remains of a Sanctuary dedicated to the mysterious worship of Kabeiroi at Tigani Bay. The unique landscape of the islands includes some lakes too where you can see flocks of flamingos.
Some of the well known products of the island is Kalathaki, a type of cheese that is left to mature hanged in small baskets, the local Muscat wine, olives and thyme honey.
By air from Athens International Airport or by ferry boats departing from Pireaus Port in Athens.
Police: +30 22540 22200
Port Authorities of Limnos: +30 22540 22225
Airport: +30 22540 92700
Local Buses Services: +30 22540 22464
Hospital: +30 22540 22222
From June till September.