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The island of Limnos , though not as hectic as other well-known islands of the region, it offers good restaurants, beaches and small villages set in a rolling countryside. The island has had a turbulent past, many foreign powers have laid claim to the island. Limnos was according to legend the home of the Hepaistos, the god of fire and metalworking. His father Zeus threw him off Mt. Olympus after an argument, though Hepaistos was rumoured to be very ugly, pictures show him with beautiful women. (The gods have all the luck).


The picturesque capital is the main port of the island. Overlooking the town is the Genoese castle from here you get stunning views over the area. The town is a mixture of old and modern buildings, old mansions, 19 th century wattle and daub houses. The streets are have a myriad of shops and tavernas, on either side of the town are two excellent beaches. At the Archaeological Museum has finds from the area.

To the north of the island, the landscape varies from rugged hills, to villages and resorts some of which have decent beaches. The centre of Limnos is mainly agricultural .Here is the strategic military base, which mars the peacefulness of the island, due to the activities of the jet fighters flying overhead.


The islands next largest town, this is a quiet place with some hotels and is not on the main tourist track.

There are two war cemeteries on Limnos . The East Moudros Military Cemetery and 1km. from Moudros, and the Portianos War Cemetery near Livadohori, these cemeteries are the final resting place of soldiers of the Commonwealth, who fought in the futile Gallipoli campaign during the First World War.

The archaeological sites on Limnos are still under excavation, and have little to offer the normal tourist, unless you are a historian or archaeologist.


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