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There are lots of interesting things to do and places to visit

The North Aegean islands are not as popular as Sporades or Halkidiki, but they certainly have a special place in our hearts. As a result of the low profile, the North Aegean islands have found it easier to keep their Greek traditional identity unharmed from the mainstream ideas. People usually consider them well-hidden treasures and once you witness their incomparable beauty you will understand how they earned this reputation. There are lots of interesting things to do and places to visit so you are sure to never run out of options.

Lemnos

A rich island waiting to be discovered

Although Lemnos is the eight biggest island in Greece it has escaped the phenomenon of “mass tourism” due to its distance from the capital city, Athens. It has a huge variety of things to do, food to taste, and places to visit. But when in Lemnos you should definitely visit the Volcanic rocks of Faraklo, also known as the land of Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths, metallurgy and fire. Thousands of years ago lava transformed the rocks in a multitude of weirdly interesting shapes. As you might have guessed it, this is the best place on the island to take incredibly cool pictures. Give it a try!

Activities

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A Castle's Corridors

How many times in your life do you have the opportunity to see the superiority of an ancient byzantine castle built in the medieval ages? The castle of Myrina is the largest castle in the Aegean and has more than ten towers, proud protectors of the city’s population from pirates and external enemies. There’s a lot to explore and a lot of amazing facts to learn about this magnificent giant-guardian as you wonder around the narrow alleys and step on ancient ground. Every stone there carries a piece of history!

Duration: 3h
Time of day: 10:00-20:00
Ages: All

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Travel in Time

The temple of Kabirio in Lemnos is an ancient sanctuary. The temple is close to the archaeological site of Ifestia. It took its name from the mythological deities called “Kabirioi” who represented fertility and nature. Kabirioi were the sons and daughters of Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths. The temple was mostly used to worship the deities and celebrate their mystic ceremonies, called “Kaveira Mysteries”.

Duration: 2h
Time of day: 09:00 – 15:00
Ages: All

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A pray under the rock!

The church of Panagia Kakaviotissa is located inside a rock cavity on the top of Kakavos Mountain at an altitude of 260 meters. The chapel used to be a shelter for monks to hide in during an invasion to the island of Lemnos. From where the church is you can view both the sea and the mountain simultaneously. It’s a view to remember!

Duration: 2h
Time of day: 10:00-20:00
Ages: All

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A Sponge’s tale

This museum is dedicated to the maritime tradition the island of Lemnos holds. The museum has a goal of highlighting the history of the Koutali’s residents and their longstanding practice of sponge-fishing. The items on exhibition are mostly donations, often provided by the very citizens of Lemnos wishing to educate visitors on the history of their island.

Duration: 2h
Time of day: 10:00-14:00, 19:00-21:00
Ages: All

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Let’s Try Pottery!

One of the best pottery workshops in Lemnos, which provides ceramics art crafts for sale is the “Hiroplathi” Ceramic Workshop. The owner creates everything by herself and she princely design them to reach perfection. You will be taught how to give shape to basic ingredients and create your own art crafts! Who knows, maybe you hide an artist in you!

Duration: 2h
Time of day: 10:00-14:00, 19:00-21:00
Ages: Over 8

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Walk on a lake

Alyki salt lake is one of the two most important wetlands in the Greek island of Lemnos. This lake in the summer season turns into a salt marsh with plenty of underwater seagrass, known as Posidonia Oceanica beds. It’s even safe to walk on. You could give it a try if you would like to have an adventurous experience to remember when you get back home.

Duration: 4h
Time of day: 10:00-20:00
Ages: All

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Step on Volcanic Rocks

Visit the land of Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths, metallurgy and fire, where the volcanic rocks of Lemnos are located. This is the best place for you to take Instagram-friendly photos that you can brag to your friends about. These unusually shaped rocks are actually created from solidified lava that was spread on the island years ago. Where the volcanic rocks are right now, used to be the place of exile for Hephaestus, who was sent there by Zeus for helping the mortals.

Duration: 4h
Time of day: 10:00-20:00
Ages: All

Agios Efstratios

A small island lost in the pure waters of the Aegean ocean

A small island lost in the pure waters of the Aegean ocean, called Agios Efstratios, is not as insignificant as you may think. This underrated place offers to enchant you with unexpectedly beautiful sunsets and its amazing highlights. One of the most important highlights is the museum of Democracy. This specific museum is dedicated to the political prisoners who were exiled to the island for punishment. Before that, the same building used to be a school. In general, in the museum of Democracy you will be able to learn about the lives of those who were exiled and the history of the island.

Activities

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Dark Times Of Democracy

In Agios Efstratios is located the Museum of Democracy. The museum is dedicated to the people who were exiled on the island for punishment. The building the museum is stored has itself a long history. It used to be a school, actually, the first school the island of Agios Efstratios had before it was formed as an exile destination. The museum has a variety of objects on display. Through them, visitors can see themselves the living conditions of the prisoners and learn about local history.

Duration: 4h
Time of day: 10:00-20:00
Ages: All

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Discover an Island

Agios Efstratios, this off-track island, used to be once upon a time an exile destination. It was chosen due to its wilderness and untamed nature. Today that combination gifts the island of Agios Efstratios a sense of raw beauty, which its visitors can explore while hiking. The routes to follow are specific and suitable for all ages. One of them starts from the harbor and moves opposite of the river streams, goes through a village and a bridge. It ends with the chapel of Agios Minas, located at the top of the hill. The view you will be offered will be nature’s gratitude for admiring and respecting its creations.

Duration: 4h
Time of day: 10:00-20:00
Ages: All

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Taste of the Sea

In a small, traditional fish tavern by the sea, let us travel you to the tasteful world of the Mediterranean cuisine. All those fresh and delicious dishes, served with care in a unique environment, will bring the sea into your mouth. A variety of greek “meze” which locals enjoy during their day-breaks, discussing about their dreams, hopes and problems. Sit back and let the time move slower between bites of fish food and zips of local spirits.

Duration: 4h
Time of day: 10:00-20:00
Ages: All

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