Lemnos, or Limnos, is an island in the Aegean Sea, in the northeast of Greece. With just 476 square kilometers of land, it is not very big but enough to make one of the most surprising islands in the North of Greece. From a small desert to a giant salt lake, from the biggest castle in the Aegean to the famous traditional windmills, and from tasty local cheese to the most beautiful sunsets. This island is worth your visit.
How much does it cost to stay in Lemnos?
Lemnos is not well-known by foreigners and maybe that is the beauty of it. There are no overcrowded landmarks, no packed beaches, and no overpriced meals or hotels. Staying on the island in the capital Myrina is affordable. In the summer months, you will spend around 50 euros per person per night on a hotel, while in May, June, and September just 20 euros are enough for a very comfortable stay. To make things even better, a good dinner, on average, will cost you no more than 10 euros and most of the amazing places you must visit on this island are completely free.
How to get to Lemnos?
You can reach Lemnos either by ferry, from Kavala or Alexandroupoli, or by airplane from either Athens or Thessaloniki within just 50 minutes. From the airport, there is a bus to take you to Myrina, the capital of the island. When arriving by ferry, you get off the boat in this capital.
How to get around on Lemnos?
When in Lemnos, you will need a car or motorcycle to get the most out of the island. There is public transport, but since many of the must-see areas are very secluded, a bus will not be able to take you there. In different locations on the island there are rental companies, but also taking your car on the ferry is an option.
If you want to rent a car, it is always good to reserve one before arriving, because especially in July and August, the companies may run out of cars. Besides, don’t go for the cheapest option since there will be many dirt roads waiting for you. A small 4×4 would be ideal.
How long to stay in Lemnos?
The island is not super big but since the roads on the island are not great, you will actually spend quite some time getting around the island. I went for four days, and although I saw most of the things on my list, at least one day extra would have been better. If you want to explore the whole island I would go for 5 to 6 days, of which 3 in Myrina, the capital, and 2 to 3 somewhere more to the west of the island.