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A volcanic island located near the Dardanelles Strait, Limnos was venerated during Antiquity. Legend has it that Hephaestus, the god of fire, had his forge here. Now one of Greece’s major seaside resorts, Limnos offers its visitors many superb sandy beaches. It is also home to several archaeological sites, such as the towers of Kastro, an ancient acropolis fortified by the Venetians, or the neolithic site of Poliochni and the city of Hephaestia. Renowned for its olives, fruits, wheat and honey, and for the authenticity of its inhabitants, Limnos is also known for the quality of its restaurants, ideal for tasting typical Greek dishes.
Choose from the following excursions:
POLIOCHNI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE & WINERY
From the pier, board your coach and start your 50-minute drive to the east coast of Limnos, where you will find the archaeological site of Poliochni. Here, in 1930, Italian Archaeologists discovered seven different layers of civilizations, one on the top of the other. The Neolithic town predates Egyptian dynasties, the Minoan Kingdoms of Crete and even Troy. It dates back to the 3rd century BC, but was destroyed by an earthquake in 2100 BC and was never rebuilt. Poliochni is considered one of the largest early urban centers of the Early Bronze Age and the first city in Europe with a basic social and civic structure. It is believed to have welcomed a number of craftsmen as many gold jewels were discovered during the excavations. Following your visit to Poliochni, proceed to a Limnos winery for a wine tasting accompanied with local snacks.
MYRINA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM & CASTLE
Myrina is the island's capital and main port. It is sometimes referred to as Kastro, for the Venetian castle built over the rocky promontory in the midst of the sandy shore. A long, main shopping street winds up from the commercial harbor in the south, lined by houses and shops with little gardens built in the Thracian style.
From the pier, you will meet your guide and start your climb to the Venetian castle, a 15-minute walk. The walk up to the castle offers a panoramic view over the island and across the sea to the Mount Athos. The castle foundations date back to Classical times, when it was the site of a temple of Artemis. The walls were originally fortified in the 12th century, then substantially rebuilt by the Venetians in the 13th century and the Turks in the late 15th century. The castle divides Myrina's waterfront in two, the harbor on the south side near the commercial port and, on the north, the main long, sandy Romaikos Yialos beach, with taverns and much of the town's night life. After your guided visit, walk to Romaikos Yialos to visit the Archaeological Museum. Recently renovated, the museum houses a large collection, filling ten rooms with findings from Limnos, including prehistoric relics from Poliochne, discoveries from Hephaestia, Hloi and Myrina. Discover a reproduction of the Stele of Kaminia representing a warrior shown with Tyrrhenian inscriptions as well as statuettes of Sirens and Cybele.
LIMNOS BOAT TOUR
The best way to discover Limnos Island is by the sea. Admire the landscapes with romantic beaches, coves and bays with crystal-clear waters.
From the pier, board your private caique (traditional wooden boat) for a cruise along the coast of Limnos to the sandy beaches of the northeastern cape.
Your 1-hour cruise will lead you to a beach where you can relax or swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea.