Myrina, the capital of Lemnos
Lemnos you will face Myrina with the beautiful Venetian castle, the small picturesque port with the tavernas all around, the beach of the Turkish bay and the small white chapel of Agios Nikolaos, which is located on the top of the hill above the port. Myrina is a small town with a population of 5,107 inhabitants according to the 2011 census, being the capital of Lemnos. The name Myrina came from Myrina, who was the daughter of the king of Iolkos, Kritheas, and the wife of the first king of the island, Thoantas.
Its antiquity is also confirmed by archaeological research both within the city itself and in its surroundings. In prehistoric times it seems that the area of the Meteorological Station and the Shallow Waters was mainly inhabited. Remains of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age inhabitants have been found there, as well as parts of strong early Bronze Age fortifications.
After you have finished your walk in the market, then it is worth walking to Romeiko Gialo. Along Romeikos Gialos you will admire the impressive houses of the Limnian aristocracy at the time, all built in the second half of the 19th century, which have a distinct architectural design. These residences were created by expatriate Limnios, who during the 19th century had immigrated and lived in Alexandria, Odessa, Trieste and other large cities of the time. Among these buildings are the Archaeological Museum of the island and the Metropolitan Palace, which was once the residence of a wealthy Egyptian, but today houses the Ecclesiastical Museum of the island. In Myrina, the three great churches of Myrina, the metropolitan church of Agia Triada, the holy church of Agios Panteleimon and Panagia tou Tsas are of special interest. After all this, you can end your walk by ending up in one of the city's cafes, which, especially in the summer months, are buzzing with life and movement.
The core of the city is its Castle, founded on the rocky peninsula that separates the outlet of Myrina towards the sea into two beaches. The castle was built during the reign of Emperor Andronikos I Komnenos (end of the 12th century), on the parts of an older fortification, the remains of which can be seen under the newer walls, as well as inside it. Below the castle is the city's port, the center of economic life for the entire island. It is actually two ports, the small - Venetian, which is picturesque with its cobbled street and the taverns, where delicious seafood dishes are served.
Upon your arrival in Myrina, it is worth enjoying a walk in its small market, which starts from the port and ends at KTEL square. On your way to the market, you will admire several shops, each with a special decoration, as well as the special quality Lemnia products, such as Kalathaki cheese, melichloro cheese, local wines, flomaris and local nuts.