On the southeast coast, Poliohni is considered the first prehistoric settlement in the Aegean and – allegedly – the first example of constituted democracy in the whole of Europe. It has the remains of four ancient settlements, the most significant being a pre-Mycenaean city that predated Troy VI (1800–1275 BC). The site, with its tiny museum, is fascinating, but remains are few.

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Nearby Limnos attractions

1. East Moudros Military Cemetery


As if taken from the middle of England, this grassy patch is dotted with memorials to 800 ANZAC and other British Empire soldiers who died of wounds in a…

2. Chapel of Zoodochos Pigi

6.79 MILES

This hilltop late-Byzantine church built next to a holy-water spring wouldn't be such an outstanding attraction if not for its scenic observation point…

3. Hephaistia

7.74 MILES

Reconstructed and occasionally serving its original purpose after 2500 years of oblivion, this late-5th-century-BC theatre sits on the site of an earlier,…

4. Sanctuary of the Kabeiroi

8.52 MILES

A beautifully desolate clifftop site, the Sanctuary of the Kabeiroi lies at the northern tip of remote Tigani Bay. The worship of the Kabeiroi gods here…

5. Folklore Museum

8.89 MILES

The chair occupied by Winston Churchill during WWI and various village household items are on display in this lovely museum. Phone to enquire about hours.

6. Archaeological Museum

15.03 MILES

Myrina’s fine neoclassical mansion-museum overlooks Romeïkos Gialos Beach and contains 8th- and 7th-century-BC finds from Limnos’ three major sites:…

7. Castle of Myrina

15.36 MILES

Myrina’s lonely hilltop kastro (castle) dates from the 13th century and occupies a headland that divides the town from its popular beach. The ruins of the…