Looking for a Greek island that has beautiful sandy beaches, a charming town and loads to explore that hasn’t been overrun by tourists? Look no further, a little-known island called Lemnos may fit the bill. Far away from Athens but well connected due to a bustling international airport, Lemnos has managed to stay under the radar of tourists. It’s been left unspoiled and perfect for you to discover.
A Stunning Port Town
Pull into Myrina, the main town on Lemnos, on the boat and prepare to be welcomed into a quaint but lively village. Admire the coastline adorned with a Venetian castle, Neoclassical mansions, and Ottoman-style buildings; the variety of architectural styles keep the town interesting and beautiful. Somehow, the port still manages to remain in perfect harmony as you stroll down it. Restaurants line the seafront perfect for a bite to eat as soon as you hop off the boat.
Spend an evening browsing the Archaeological Museum of Lemnos in Myrina. The Neoclassical house it is kept in is reason enough to visit, with the crimson door and window shutters beckoning guests in. Stunning exhibits line the museum from floor to ceiling with some dating back to the prehistoric period!
Greece is known for its dry and hot summers, but there is perhaps nowhere as dry as the Lemnos desert. Locals claim it is the ‘only desert in Europe’; although this is untrue, it is certainly one of a kind! Wonder at the miles of “Pachies Ammoudies” (“thick sands”) before stopping for a refreshing swim at nearby Gomati beach.
Aliki lake is another sight on Lemnos. A salt lake in winter, it evaporates over springtime and becomes a salt marsh in time for summer. The largest seasonal gathering of flamingos in Greece meets here, and you may even spot bottlenose dolphins or tortoises.
Finally, discover the beautiful rock formations in the northern part of Lemnos called Falakro. Millions of years ago, this unique geological phenomenon was brought about by volcanic lava meeting sea water and crystallizing. Its bright yellow hue makes it perfect for photos, or to just soak up the view!
A Windsurfer’s Paradise
Lemnos is known across Greece for being perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Try a new sport on one of the island’s thirty sandy beaches – you never know if you’ll fall in love with it! After an active day, replenish your energy by trying Lemnos’ local cheeses and wine.
Lemnos is sure to make for an unforgettable holiday away from the hustle and bustle of more well-known islands. For those who want to reconnect with nature, it’s the place to be – you never know what unique land formation you may discover here!