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Limnos Car Hire Greece Greek Rentals

To get the most out of your days on Limnos you really need to hire a car or motorbike because the public bus service is limited and infrequent. You can explore the coastline and interior on a motorbike with no difficulty as there are no treacherous mountain roads as on many other Aegean islands. Most of the countryside consists of gently rolling hills but take it slowly in some of the inland villages which have perilously narrow, winding streets.

There are several rental firms with cars, motorbikes and bicycles for hire in the west coast capital Myrina. You'll find most of them on Kyda, the main thoroughfare.

With your own vehicle you'll be free to explore the island's many beautiful beaches, its ancient archaeological sites and traditional villages unscathed by the ravages of mass tourism.

The road north along the coast from Myrina leads to the pretty village of Kaspakas, five kilometres from the capital, where there's a good beach and waterfalls nearby. To the south east of Kaspakas you'll find the therapeutic hot springs at Therma.

Take the road south east out of Myrina and after 11 kilometres you'll come to Kondias, the island's most attractive village nestling between two pine clad hills. The road continues on to Portianou where there's a war cemetery with the graves of 348 allied soldiers killed in WW1. The larger Allied Military Cemetery lies on the other side of Moudros Bay which was the Commonwealth headquarters during the ill fated Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. This is the biggest Commonwealth cemetery, from either world war, in the Greek islands 887 of the 36,000 Allied soldiers who died in the campaign are buried here.

Following the road south east from the cemetery, you'll reach the island's most important archaeological site at Poliochni. Italian excavators have uncovered four ancient settlements here including the ruins of a Neolithic town from around 4,000 BC.

Two other major archaeological sites can be found in the north east corner of the island on opposite shores of Tigani Bay. You can only reach these sites with your own transport. The road passes by the salt plain of Lake Aliki and if you're visiting in winter or spring you'll be treated to the sight of thousands of migratory flamingoes.

The site of Hephaistia is at the end of a dirt track, four kilometres from the village of Kondopouli. If you continue on the main road from Kondopouli you'll come to the ruins of the once mighty sanctuary of the Kabeirio gods where mysterious pagan rites and sacrifices took place in ancient times. From here you can visit the sea grotto known as Spilia tou Filoktiti (Cave of Philoctetes) where the Trojan way hero Philoctetes reputedly took refuge after being bitten by a snake.

With a sturdy motorbike or jeep you'll be able to visit the north coast beach of Gomati, flanked by the longest sand dunes in Europe.