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Lemnos is a beautiful quaint town with a relaxing atmosphere attracting many tourists each year. Located in the East Aegean Islands, it is also a good central point to hop over to the Turkish coast.
The most important and well-preserved archaeological site on the island is the Hephaistia. This site is the ruin of an ancient city dedicated to the god of metallurgy, Hephaestus. It is said in mythology that after the god left Olympus, he made Lemnos his home.
Below an Ottoman Turk castle lies the island’s chief town, Mirina. This city is a good base for touring the island. A helpful introduction to the island’s archaeological sites can be found at the city’s archaeological museum.
Good restaurants and hotels can be found in Mirina’s central square along with opportunities to sample Limnian honey and two famous Limnian wines, Kalavaki and Moschato. The city also has two decent public beaches, Romeilos Yialos and Riha Nera.
If you wish to explore the island and see as much as you possibly can during your holiday then we highly advise booking a hire car. There is a bus which travels to the major archaeological sites which you must prebook to get a seat but you will be sharing your experiences with many other tourists. In addition to the Hephaistia, Lemnos has two other major sites. These are the Kavirio and the Poliochni. The Kavirio is the ruins of a once extensive temple situated on a rocky promontory over the ocean, and the Poliochni is a fascinating site still under excavation.
There are 3 flights operating on a daily basis to and from Lemnos and the beautiful city of Athens, or there is the option of takign the hydrofoil from Piraeus and several other Aegean islands.