Scattered the villages of Lemnos around Myrina and Moudros, are in perfect harmony with their natural environment. Decorated with imposing stone mansions, paved alleys, well-kept gardens and old, small churches, guests are invited to visit them to enjoy their historical features and modern comforts. Among them stand out:
The village of Romanos, one of the most impressive on the island, captivates the visitor with the stone “Egyptian” houses, the 19th century mansions, built by wealthy Lemnians who had migrated to Egypt. Walking in its narrow streets, sights such as the 1830s Temple of Generation with its invaluable hagiographies, old schools, well-preserved clay jars in the earth for grain, oil and wine, give a unique character to the village that surprises the passersby with the windmills on the surrounding hills, the Byzantine ruins and the church of Saint Fotida. And of course, anyone visiting Romanos does not leave before the sunset, since it’s the most beautiful on the island.
Plaka, with its breathtaking view to Imbros, is located at the north end of the island and dates from the mid-19th century. The stone-built traditional architecture seals the village’s image, which gives off a lively feeling with the intense movement in the shops and the taverns with the delicious food. Some of the village’s sights are the lighthouse of Plaka, the spring Agiasma with the miraculous water in the area “Roussounia” and the ruins of settlements of antiquity and the middle Ages. Towards the old harbor, the visitor finds the medieval fortress Palaiokastro; and close to the beach there are the ruins of a submerged Homeric city.
The village Sardes, known for its delicious thyme honey, is considered to be one of the oldest in Lemnos, as there are sources that refer to its existence since 1284, when it was named Ardei. At its highest point, visitor can find the church of Agios Dimitrios with the special architecture and the two bell towers, built in 1852. There is no better way to end the trip in the village that gives off a sweet thyme fragrance than a stop at the central square, a treat in the old local café along with some food in the little tavern.
Fisini stands out with the traditional houses, the mulberry trees and the old church of Prodromos with the tall bell tower. Near the village, the patron saint of Lemnos, Saint Sozontas, receives a crowd of people for pilgrimage. Crossing the village, a dirt road leads to Saint Marnos, one of the most beautiful but inaccessible beaches of the island.
Atsiki was built in the center of the island on a small hill overlooking the golden plain. From the richer and bigger villages of Lemnos, it is a place of attraction for tourists, as it offers accommodation, taverns, bars, cafes and restaurants, shops, stores with traditional sweets and local refreshments, medical office and post office. In Atsiki there is the impressive church of Saint George with the tallest bell tower of the island which was built in 1868. Very close to the village, there is a unique beach with red rocks and prehistoric ruins.
The village of Varos, located in the center of Lemnos, is built on the crater of the ancient volcano Moschylos. Traditional architecture prevails in most of the village’s houses, however old cafes, ouzeries, taverns and beautiful modern cafes add a contemporary touch to the scenery.