Situated on the west coast of Lemnos, the municipality of Myrina is the island's capital city. Myrina is built upon a shallow bay split into two by a promontory jutting out to sea, and home to the ruins of a Venetian castle and streets consisting of stone paved alleys. To the north of the promontory lies the Roman Shore, a beautiful area highlighted by Neo-Classical-style stone houses. To the south of the promontory lies the Turkish Shore, home to a traditional harbour encircled by tavernas. Behind the fronts of the two shores, the town is divided into four parts: the Old Town core, also referred to as 'Kastro', after the Castle of Myrina; Androni, to the north; Tchas, just behind the harbour area; and Nea Madetos to the south.
Lemnos' history is perhaps best-explored during a visit to the town of Poliochni. It is here that the seat of democracy was believed to be established approximately 7,000 years ago in the town of Poliochni. Although restored and home to lovely gardens, Poliochni's ancient past is evidenced by the remains of the Voulefterion, along with roads, fortification walls, drainage systems, wells, large houses, and what is believed to be the world's first parliament. The island's ancient past can also be observed at the Archaeological Museum of Lemnos, where exhibits of numerous ancient artefacts are displayed.
Today, Myrina's long, clean, white-sand beaches, streets consisting of stone-paved alleys and castle rank it among the most historic and popular destinations for visitors to Lemnos. Visitors and locals enjoy bathing in the Roman Shore or its adjacent beaches to the north, dining at one of the fish taverns circling the traditional harbour and its caiques on the Turkish Shore, and attending various outdoor theatrical and musical events during the summer months.
The spectacular coast of Myrina is ideally-suited for sightseeing, hiking, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, boating, sea-kayaking, and a wide array of other popular outdoor excursions during your visit. Among Myrina's most beautiful and popular sun-drenched beaches is Gomati Beach. Located very close to the famous Limnos Sand Dunes on an unpaved road, idyllic Gomati Beach is quite long, with powdery white sand and crystal-clear water.
Due to its compact size, Myrina can be easily explored in just a single day.
Going Ashore in Myrina, Lemnos
The ship may be at anchor. Guests will tender ashore to the Myrina - Agios Nikolaos Passenger Pier. Myrina's town centre can be reached via a 107-yard (100-metre) walk on-foot. If needed, taxis are available on the pier. Please make sure to establish a price before starting any journey.
The best shopping opportunities can be found in Myrina's town centre. Included are local products, handcrafted items, souvenirs and more. In addition, Dina Despoteri offers replicas of artefacts displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Lemnos. Most shops are open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 8.30 pm. Monday and Wednesday afternoons are closed. The local currency is the Euro.
Greek cuisine makes significant use of olive oil, garlic and herbs. Fruits and vegetables are prominently featured on most menus. Vegetables such as artichokes, courgettes and peppers are often served stuffed or sautéed in oil. Lamb, fish and seafood are mainstays in Greek cuisine. Try moussaka, a nice Greek wine and baklava for dessert. Pasta lovers must try chilopites, the local homemade pasta served in most restaurants with local cheese or a wine sauce. Popular dining locales in Myrina include fish, meat and Greek cuisine at Glaros, Mediterranean cuisine at Cavo del Mare, traditional Greek cuisine at Platanos, seafood and Greek cuisine at Manos, and Greek cuisine at Romeo, located adjacent to the Castle of Myrina.
Myrina's city centre is easily accessible on-foot. Its bustling marina is filled with graceful yachts and fishing boats, and its narrow streets and sunlit waterfront are highlighted by a delightful promenade, stylish cafes, tavernas, shops, and boutiques. In the heart of the town is the market street, which runs north to south, and joins the Roman Shore to the Turkish Shore.
The Archaeological Museum of Lemnos offers a unique look into the island's ancient history through ancient artefacts and exhibits.
First established several thousand years ago, the pre-historic city of Poliochni was thought to have achieved its pinnacle between 2700-2000 B.C., and continued to remain occupied until 1600 B.C. Although restored and home to lovely gardens, Poliochni's ancient past is evidenced by the remains dating back to the fourth phase. Highlights include remains of the Voulefterion, along with roads, fortification walls, drainage systems, wells, large houses, public buildings, and what is believed to be the world's first parliament.
Castle of Myrina
Built in 1207 on a rocky, craggy peninsula, the Castle of Myrina is the largest fortress in the Aegean Sea. It dominates the top of the island, where the Old City was built.
Temple of Kaveirio
This archaeological site was unearthed on Chloi Cape, close to Hephaistia, by the Italian Archeological School of Athens in 1937-39. Excavations have continued since 1982.
Myrina is home to long, clean, white-sand beaches. Among its most beautiful and popular sun-drenched beaches is Gomati Beach. Located very close to the famous Limnos Sand Dunes on an unpaved road, idyllic Gomati Beach features powdery white sand and crystal-clear water.
Myrina offers a wealth of outdoor activities to discover. Included are ample opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, off-road exploring, sailing, boating, and swimming. Myrina's spectacular undersea beauty can be explored through snorkelling and scuba diving excursions at the Black Rock Dive Centre.
Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship.