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Limnos (Lemnos) is a Greek Island just off the Turkish coast in the Aegean Sea. It is described as an island similar to that of Crete 30 years ago. Limnos’s main industry is farming and not tourism, apart from a couple of farmers now giving it a try, the island does not have any olive trees. Bee keeping is popular and Limnos honey is very good.

During the winter, the Islands population is around 20,000 but grows in the height of summer to 120,000 due to its popularity with the Greeks themselves. Athens is only a short plane flight away and there is also a ferry service from Athens.

Only Sunvil and a small Finnish company do package tours apart from Thos Cook / Neilson who have and AI complex at the far end of town.

The AI complex, which has it's own private beach

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Independent travellers seem to fly Heathrow to Athens, then Athens to Limnos, although it is possible to get a seat on the Thos Cook plane.

The airport is small and check in is done by hand, as they have no computers. Myrina is the capital of the Island on the West coast and is 30 minutes coach journey from the airport. Taxis are said to be expensive and cost 30 euro’s from the airport to Myrina.

Myrina has 3 beaches within walking distance of the town and a 4th 20/25 minutes away at Plati. However Plati has a hotel there but no restaurants near the beach, it costs 6 euro’s for a taxi into town.

We were staying at the Sotiris Apartments (see review in accom section)

Supermarkets are about 6 /7 minutes walk away from the Sotiris but supermarkets will deliver the packs of water for you free. A small groceries sample in Limnos

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I am always amazed how they keep the dinners so reasonable at the restaurants

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The main beach is about 3/4 minute walk from the Sotiris Apps and the beach is about 500 metres long by approx 40 metres

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There were 4 taverns on the beach, only one "The blue chairs" served meals at lunchtime

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Mano's at the far end, only served mezze. another sold ice cream and donuts etc and the other drinks / coffee.

All four Taverns had chairbeds and parasols for you to use and they didn't mind you eating at one and sitting on another's chairs. Chairsbed were absolutely free.

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chairbeds were always available but about 3:00pm the local people would come down but still plenty of chairbeds available

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Our first week we experienced unusually strong winds which kept shipping in the harbour, our second week was much better, however, there is a breeze that blows which is normally said to be a welcoming breeze, so you will have to satisfy yourself before booking.

A 1/2 litre of beer ranged between 2.30 to 3.5 euro's

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one place with yellow chairs did charge 4 euro's although they did give some biscuits/crisps with it.

The second beach was narrow but had parkland behind with trees to sit under and benches to sit on

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This beach is about 800 metres

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The beach at this point is split by a stream which runs out into the sea

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at this end, near the peninsular there are at least 6 restaurants but only one or two serve meals at lunchtimes

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In the evening one gets good views of the sunset

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meals are very cheap and local wine is 7 / or 8 euros per litre

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we liked a restaurant called Romeo's, slightly dearer by the odd euro

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a couple of their meals

Indian chicken

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Sweet and sour chicken

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one gets nice sunsets along that strip

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Or watch the sunset go behind Mount Athos the home of the Greek Gods, which is now a heritage site with 20 monasteries housing 1200 monks and their helpers, no woman have ever been allowed on the Mountain

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and one gets a good atmosphere

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The town itself is just at the back of the restaurants and runs 600/ 800 metres, it is a working town and has plenty of shops

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The town is not really geared up to British tourism and doesn't have any exchange place and therefore all exchange is done at the banks and they were charging 6 euros to change a traveller's cheque and it looked like a flat fee of 10 euros for sterling exchange, that's what I was charged for changing £300 sterling but may be a sliding scale I couldn't find out. Some of the banks tiller didn't speak any Engish

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by night the shopping streets were well lit

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at the far end of the high street one comes down to the harbour and small marina

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all around the marina there are restaurant that specialise in fish but they have diversed into other meal dishes

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the restaurants again have a nice atmosphere, one could even pick a bar-be-que on brown paper

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or pick a popular restaurant with proper tablecloths and nice views

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beyond the marina there is the third beach which only has one cocktail bar but does have some parasols

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the third beach leads around the main harbour towards a prominent white church on the hillside and the harbour entrance

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The castle over looking Myrina is lit up at night but is climbable by day

The castle was originally built thousands of years ago and the remains were modified by the Byzantine people in two years in 1186, then again by the Venetians in the 13th century who improved it further after they captured it. During the Otterman rule the Turks lived in it. The Russian fleet damaged it trying to drive the Turks out of Myrina

I attempted to walk up to the castle but picked the wrong pathway

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and was astonded by coming face to face with a full grow female deer

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I went back at the end of the holiday for a deer spotting last morning with Mrs Db and came across a stag with three other doe's

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But going back to my castle walk I did find the correct pathway, some way up now and heading towards the flag

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At the top is just a bar to stop one falling 100 feet down

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However the views up there were stunning

Sweeping from the harbour

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across the town

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to the second beach

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and the best beach and beyond

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there is a big area to walk around up there and some sheer drops

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it was clearly hot up there and I wondered how any troops could survive but found that there was a lathyrinth of caves underneath but as I was on my own up there, I was not going to go down them

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and here a narrow path between the caves and a sheer drop over the side

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eventually going passed a lighthouse beacon and then heading back the otherside

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Now going towards the flag again, from the otherside

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you can walk along that wall

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so back at the flag and a few zoom ins of the area

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so hope it gives you and ideal of the layout of the town

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and the best beach again and my only shot of the private AI beach in the far left corner of the picture

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There is a small military base on the end of one peninsular and ceremonies do take place like taking down the flag

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In earlier days the flag was taken down from the castle but these days from a memorial just outside of town

There is a coach trip that runs around the island on a Sunday which costs 25 euro's and visits beaches, a pottery and some Byzantine ruins. Also to see the said cave of Philoctetes a famous Greek warrior from the Trojan war who spent 10 years on Limnos

Also a boat trip goes around the coast on Tuesdays, weather permitting

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other activities available when popular are a Greek night, Greek cooking lessons and an organised walk

a nice Greek Island which I'm sure we will return to, hopefully with less wind







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