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Limnos

      The eighth largest of the Greek islands, Limnos is also one of the least well known, rarely mentionned in the guide books. 


It sits near to the entrance of the Dardanelles, in the north east
Aegean. The scenery is gentle. In winter and spring the island is green like Ireland, and covered with fattening sheep. In summer the cornfields are burnt gold by the sun. But all year round there is a quiet peaceful atmosphere that will beguile you. This is not, though, a desert island. There are eighteen thousand Limniots, the majority of whom are employed in agriculture....natably sheep farming, grain and vine growing. This is Greece. You will hear other languages spoken, but the island has not been spoilt by mass tourism. History and legend offer places to visit. Europe’s oldest known town is on the island’s east coast. Haephestos was exiled here by Zeus.  If you are looking for a quiet holiday of books, beaches, and gentle walks, then Limnos is for you. This is also an island of fisherman and farmers. The food is generally local, fresh, varied, simple, wholesome and excellent. The local wine is good too, and the many village tavernas are ready to welcome you with a cheerful Yassas! Cheers!

THANOS is a small mountainside village with magnificent views across country to the sea. It’s a pretty village, with surprises at each street corner for those who explore. It is quiet. Most of the streets are too narrow and steep to allow cars to pass. You will hear the church bells calling, the cocks crowing, and the lambs bleating in the surrounding fields. And at sunset you can hear a calm silence descend on the island. This is not a tourist venue, but a working Greek village of small farmers, fishermen, and other tradesmen.  The village has several little bars, and several local minimarkets for all you basic shopping needs. Down the hill, twenty minutes walk across the fields, or five minutes in the car, is the beach…one of the best on the island. There you will find a couple of beach tavernas ideal for delicious lazy lunches in the shade. 

MYRINA, the island capital, sits around a picturesque fishing harbour dominated by the imposing Venetian castle.  A pedestrian main street, the Agora, bustling with varied little shops, crosses the town from the harbour to the main beaches.  There you will find plenty of tavernas a local products.  From Thanos a lovely two hour coastline walk takes you into town, while by car or taxi (7€) you can be there in just five minutes. 

     

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