Castle of Myrina

Top choice in Limnos

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 Venetian-built fortress are imposing but deserted, apart from the deer that roam here freely. It’s worth the 20- to 25-minute walk up the hill for the sea views alone, which extend to Mt Athos and, come evening, the twinkling cafe lights below.

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1. Archaeological Museum

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2. Folklore Museum

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3. East Moudros Military Cemetery

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4. Chapel of Zoodochos Pigi

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5. Poliohni

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6. Hephaistia

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7. Sanctuary of the Kabeiroi

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