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Limnos Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

Limnos has numerous sandy, uncrowded beaches which are among the best in the Aegean. Most of the beaches are gently shelving with warm shallow water making them ideal for families. Various watersports including windsurfing and water ski ing are available at the most popular seaside spots but with the benefit of your own transport you won't have any trouble finding a deserted beach even in high season.

The main town beach in the capital Myrina is Romaikos Yialos a long stretch of sand well served with bars, tavernas and other tourist facilities. It starts beyond the castle to the north of the port. One of the most popular beaches on the island is Riha Nera, just over the headland from Romaikos Yialos. The beach offers watersports in the summer months and lives up to its name which means "shallow water", so it's safe for youngsters.

The less crowded beach of Avlonas lies beyond Riha Nera, facing two islets. It's largely unspoilt if you don't count the luxurious Porto Marina Palace holiday complex at its southern end.

Agios Ioannis beach, six kilometres north along the coast from Myrina, has an unusual seasonal taverna with tables surrounded by huge volcanic rocks.

The first main beach south of the capital is the 700 metre sandy stretch at Platy which offers bars, tavernas, self catering studios and watersports.

Aound Cape Tigani in the south west corner of Limnos there's scenic Paralia Thanous which is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on the island. You reach it via a 1.5 kilometre paved road leading down from the pretty village of Thanos. The beach is flanked by strange looking volcanic rocks and on a clear day you can see as far as the remote island of Agios Efstratios.

A little further east along the coast lies uncrowded Nevgatis Beach which is a two kilometre stretch of unbroken sand. There's a music bar on the beach in the summer months and a taverna across the road.

Uninspiring Moudros Bay has no appeal for beachcombers so if you fancy a change of scene from the south west beaches head out to the eastern end of the island where you'll find 1500 metre Keros flanked by sand dunes and pine trees. The beach has a small seasonal snack bar and is popular among Greek visitors and windsurfers. But if you come here outside the high season months of July and August you'll often find it deserted.

On the north coast there's the sheltered beach of Kotsinas tucked away in the south west corner of Bournia Bay. If you spend the day here, treat yourself to lunch at the waterfront To Korali taverna where you can enjoy reasonably priced fresh fish dishes and good quality mezedes.

Follow the dirt track from the village of Katalakos and you'll come to the north coast beach of Gomati which boasts the longest sand dunes in Europe.

In the unlikely event that you tire of the island's beaches take a boat trip over to Agios Efstratios, off the south coast of Limnos, which is one of the loneliest and remote islands in the Aegean. This traffic free island offers many pristine and usually deserted beaches around its coastline.