welcome to the island of Lemnos – GREECE
Lemnos is one of the Greek North Eastern Aegean islands located midway
between the Athos Peninsula on mainland Greece and the west coast of Turkey
near the Straits of the Dardanelles. Lemnos‘ strategic location means it
has long been an important military base and it’s still home to a large air
force contingent. The islanders’ reliance on the military rather than foreign
visitors as a source of income, coupled with the relative remoteness of
Lemnos, have enabled the island to remain virtually unscathed by mass tourism.
But increasing numbers of foreign holidaymakers are now arriving on Lemnos
attracted by the tranquility of the place, its many fine beaches and important
During high season there are regular Olympic Airways flights connecting
Lemnos with , Thessaloniki and Lesvos. The new civilian airport is 19
kilometres east of the capital Myrina and shares a runway with the island’s
air force base. There are regular ferry services to and from the mainland
ports of Kavala, Rafina, Piraeus, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis. Hydrofoil
services to the mainland via Samothraki are less frequent and tend to be
If you’re coming to Lemnos by boat you’ll arrive at Myrina on the west coast – a
bustling port town dominated by the ruins of a 13th century Venetian castle.
The town may not be one of the prettiest in the Aegean but it retains its
essentially Greek character without the proliferation of tourist trappings
which have dented the charm of so many island capitals. Old fashioned
“kafeneia” bars (the social hub of traditional Greek society) line the cobbled
streets along with whitewashed stone houses, imposing Turkish mansions and
back street shops selling local produce such as island wine and herbal honey.
Lemnos is a volcanic island and the richness of its soil allows for the
production of some excellent wines, particularly dry white, rose and retsina. Myrina’s archaeological museum contains finds from the island’s three
ancient sites including Poliochni, a fortified town founded on a clifftop on
the east coast around 3000 BC. Italian excavators are still working on the
site which has yielded evidence of one of the most advanced Neolithic
civilisations in the Aegean, predating the ancient city of Troy in Turkey. You
can visit Poliochni and the island’s two other important archaeological sites
– Hephaistia on the shores of remote Tigani Bay in the north and the nearby
Sanctuary of the Kabeiroi (the Great Gods).
Lemnos island’s coastline is peppered with long, sandy beaches and you’ll
always be able to find a quiet stretch as long as you’re prepared to travel a
short distance from the capital. You really need to hire a car, jeep or motorbike to get the most out of
this island with its many remote, undeveloped bays and varied landscape which
consists of barren hills in the west and low lying farmland and marshes in the
east. The east coast lakes are home to flamingoes (and a target for duck
hunters) while the rolling hills of the interior are speckled with oaks,
jujube, myrtle, poplar and mulberry trees.
To reach Lemnos island, visitors can take a ferry boat from Piraeus Port and Rafina Port, both located in greater Athens, and Thessaloniki Port. Ferry boats to Lemnos are quite frequent, although they make stops at various islands in the Aegean before reaching Lemnos. We recommend reserving a seat in the ferry boat in advance, especially when travelling by ferry to Lemnos in the high summer tourist season. You may also want to book a cabin, as the ferry boat trip to Lemnos is fairly long. The rates for ferry tickets to Lemnos depend on the season. There are direct flights to Lemnos from Athens and from Thessaloniki Airport. There are also frequent charter flights to Lemnos from the UK and other European countries. The rates of airplane tickets for flights to Lemnos on the time of booking and the season. If you book in advance, you will find cheap airfare to Lemnos. Otherwise, you can board an airplane to Athens Airport and from there book your flight to Lemnost.