Hiring a boat is an excellent chance to explore the hidden beauty of Lemnos. Lemnos is drowned with infinite natural beauties and sights but also a 260 km long coastline worth exploring with a private boat cruise. An authentic Greek island in the Aegean Sea with great hospitality, virgin landscapes and marvelous sandy beaches. Lemnos has several picturesque marinas where you can find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Agios Efstratios island. If you rent a motorboat you can tour various beaches and bays with ease, comfort and luxury. With the option to book a catamaran you can throw a birthday or bachelor party or enjoy a romantic overnight trip with your significant other. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat or traditional yacht and go island hopping in the Aegean, taking your chance to visit Samothraki, Thassos or Lesvos for as many days as you wish.
Lemnos is an unspoiled Greek island with a remote position at the Northeast Aegean. Often overlooked as a sailing destination because of its distance to Athens (180 nautical miles) but admired by high-profile clients who prefer anonymity, privacy and relaxation. The shoreline reveals some important traditional villages and countless sites you cannot miss. The town of Myrina is the capital of Lemnos. A picturesque seaside settlement with cobblestone alleys and an imposing castle located at the highest point on the island. From the commands of the Byzantine Empire to the ruling of Venetians, the castle was fortified by Emperor Komnenos in 1886 AD and Filocalo Navigajiosi (the Great Duke of Lemnos) in the 13th century. Romeikos Gialos constitutes one of the main districts of Lemnos and houses the impressive Archaeological Museum presenting the historical development of the island. Other sights worth visiting to better understand the history and culture of the island include the Archaeological site of Hephaestus and the Caves of Philoctetes. According to mythology, the site of Hepheastia was the sanctuary of the great god of fire and metallurgy who landed in Lemnos by the Greek god Zeus and was worshiped throughout the classical years.
Lemnos is also known for its vast natural beauties, the wetland of Alyki and the Petrified Forest are fascinating sights to behold. The wetland is great for bird watching and observing flamingos, the forest is also a beautiful wonder that was turned into stone from volcanic activity millions of years ago. You can also plan a visit to the thermal springs of Lemnos, a natural source of water known for its therapeutic properties located on the slopes of Prophet Elias. Lemnos is widely known for its sand dunes, a field constituting one of the two deserts of Europe. Lemnos is also renowned for its wine, the village of Agios Dimitrios in the central part of the island hosts a traditional festival every October for the production of it. One of the most important diving centers in the Aegean is located in Nea Koutali, a charming village in the central part of the island. Once you have embraced the authentic aura of the island on the mainland, it is time for you to select your favorite boat and create a lifetime experience off the coast.
Boat trips in Lemnos will allow you to organize an excursion in many beaches along the coast, some well-organized and others completely under the radar. Among the many beaches, you cannot miss is Thanos which has lovely waters built inside a grotto. Nearby you can also take the chance to visit the church of Panagia Kakaviotissa which has panoramic views of the island. A catamaran excursion to Gomati is a great opportunity to practice all kinds of watersports and even reward yourself with a drink by the beach bar. If you are departing from the seaside village of Myrina with a speedboat, the organized beach of Riha Nera (which translates to ‘shallow water’) has all the amenities you are looking for. Agios Ioannis, Kavournolakas, Louri and Neftina are beautiful beaches with crystalline waters at the north side of the island you may like to visit. With a motorboat, you can visit all these beaches in a short amount of time and stop at the village of Kaspakas, one of the oldest settlements on the north side of Lemnos. Here you can taste delicious local products including almonds, figs, honey and many more.
You can also enjoy a one-day cruise to Agios Efstratios island between Lemnos, Skyros and Lesvos. This uninhabited island was claimed to emerge during the Homeric Golden Age and has lovely beaches and hospitable people that enchants every visitor. You cannot miss the beautiful beach of Pahis and the picturesque restaurants by the harbor. If you rent a sailing boat in Lemnos you can also plan an excursion to Samothraki and Thassos. Once you visit Samothraki, an excursion to the “Rema tou Fonia'' is strongly advised, featuring waterfalls, lush vegetation and natural swimming pools. A sailing cruise to Thassos will take about 5 hours, you can anchor in many pretty coves and beautiful villages such as Limenaria. For an extended cruise, you can even head to the Port of Kavala, a safe mooring spot for many yachts and ideal for an overnight stay. Your itinerary can be crafted to your liking, you can even go for a delightfully quiet escape to the island of Lesvos right opposite the west coast of Turkey.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat rental trip in Lemnos.
Moudros Harbor: One of the largest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. Roughly 28 km away from the capital of Lemnos, Myrina. Here you can find the petrified forest which is 20 million years old, there are also beautiful beaches south of the village.
Lemnos International Airport ‘“Hephaestus” is 6 km away from Moudros Harbor (roughly a 12-min car ride).
Myrina Port: The main port reached when sailing to Lemnos from Kavala or Piraeus. Most of the inhabitants live in Myrina and there are lots of boat excursions to Agios Efstratios island from here. This port is filled with fishing boats and has a capacity of 194 vessels of up to 20 m in length.
Lemnos International Airport ‘“Hephaestus” is 22 km east of Myrina and receives flights from Athens.
Marina Nea Koutali: Located on the south side of the island adjacent to Moudros Gulf in the village of Kontia. Here you can also visit the Maritime and Sponge Museum.
Port of Kotsinas: Used to be a port serving the island’s capital during Byzantine times. A good anchorage for boats of length 20 m, for a much better mooring spot head to Pournias Bay which has all the provisions and supplies you need.
From the port of Lavrio to Lemnos the trip should take 12 hours, there is no ferry from Piraeus.
Lemnos is also connected to Agios Efstratios, Ikaria (Evdilos), Kavala, Samos (Karlovassi), Chios, Mykonos by ferry.
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