It is indeed rare for a Greek island with an airport to remain untainted by mass tourism, in fact, we cannot think of any other destination in Greece that is so easy to reach and yet has managed to retain that heart, soul, spirit, whatever you want to call it, of Greek island life. That life is centred round the main town and port, Myrina. Although Myrina contains all the essential prerequisites of Greek island holiday life, that is 3 good sandy beaches, and a wide choice of tavernas, cafes and shops, it also has the perfect counterbalance of going about its daily business, almost oblivious of the minority tourists. Therefore, life is low-key in spite of a bewildering array of local shops and markets tucked away in the warren of backstreets. The town's scenic nucleus has to be the old harbour, especially in the evening when the floodlit Byzantine castle, perched on a craggy promontory between two of the town?s beaches, looks down benevolently on the bobbing caiques bathed in the light of surrounding cafes and tavernas.

The village of Plati and its bordering crescent of golden sand, although only 2 km. south of Myrina, is a quite different area. The beach itself is superb with very safe swimming due to the gently shelving sandbanks. Eating establishments are not as numerous as in Myrina but there is a very reasonable choice including 3 beach tavernas and 2 in the village at the last count.

Outside Myrina and Plati, the island of Lemnos is mostly given to agriculture with corn fields and cattle occupying large areas in equal measure. There are however more remote, glorious beaches and villages worth exploring if you hire a car.

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Lemnos can be combined with Athens, Lesvos & Samos.

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