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Atsiki village, Limnos (Lemnos) Island, Greece is situated centrally on the Island and under 10 minutes from the Airport. It is located on a small hill in a valley and surrounded by flat terrain. It is one of the most ancient villages on the island and the volcanic fertile soil (Terra Limnia) has made it one of the richest areas, as many types of things are grown there. That also means it is a great place to eat and drink too, due to the abundance of fresh food for the table.
It has the lovely church of Agios Georgios, which is a three-aisled basilica, with Russian style icons. It has a stone belfry, which is one of the largest and most impressive on the island.
It is a great place to base exploration of the north-west sector of the island, as there are many different and interesting things to see, especially the variety of villages in the region.
One of the outstanding sites on the island is just north west of the village and are known as The Sand Dunes of Gomati or The Mysterious Aegean Desert or Sahara of Limnos. The area is made-up of fine sand and covers over 70,000 square meters, but no one actually knows how it came to be. It is too far away from the sea and too high in the hills to be an old beach. The wind direction means that it could not just be a gathering of sand over thousands of years too. It also has shells, insects and vegetation that is seen in desserts around the world. One theory is that during an eruption of the volcano that created the island, (thousands of years ago) the earth through-out thousands of tonnes of sand, which remained. Maybe it is best to leave it as a mystery and just enjoy this weird and unusual spectacle.
Not far from there is Gomati Beach which is a secluded bay area, which is accessed via a dirt road. It has shallow waters and is home to many species of wild-life, especially birds.
Further east along the coast is Faraklo Cape, which is a breath-taking site and highly recommended to see. Millions of years ago, extremely hot volcanic rock and lava burst through the earth and poured out all over the island. Once hitting the waters on this point of the coast it created a geological phenomenon. It a valley of beautiful colours, shapes and structures, creating an array of unique and wonderful rocks. Weird shaped terrain with bright and vivid colours and shadows, which looks more like a ‘moon-landscape’ than a beach.
The area is surrounded by a far more relaxing countryside type landscape that is home to a lot of herbs, especially Thyme. This is important, as the bees love this herb and so when they make their honey, it gives it a special and unique taste. Limnos honey has won the Best Honey in the World Award, due to blending this and other locally made honey’s.
South of there and west of Atsiki is the village of Dafni (Daphne), which also has a lot of Thyme growing throughout the area. Visitors can smell it in the air and seeing it growing everywhere. The village is built in a semi-circular shape on the slopes of Houhli Hill and provides great views of the surrounding area, including Atsiki.
The closest village to it is Katalakkos, which is a picturesque place, built in the depths of a ravine, which was done so to protect the inhabitants from pirates. The beautiful church of Agios Modestos is there and was built in 1856. There is also the Byzantine Castle to the west of the village, which has a great view down the valley and to the coastline.
Just south of both these villages is Sardes, which was known in Byzantine times as Ardia or Ardeiai. It is located on a small plateau at the foot of mount Skourkas. Again, thyme is growing wild everywhere, so the fragrance is in the air, no matter where visitors go in the area. It is well known for being a gastronomical destination, so a great place to eat, especially rabbit and rooster, with the accompanying local produced wine. It is also famous for its music and the musicians from there play at fairs all around the island.
Agios Dimitrios village is south of Sardes and is a village that was created by refugees returning from the Asia Minor Crisis (Campaign) in 1922 (similar to the village of Nea Koutali). It is a quiet little community, but there is one definite reason to go there and that is, Garali Fotini’s Food Store. This shop makes and sells traditional food of all types and so if visitors want to taste the real Limnos, then look no further. It has bread, cakes, pastries, pies, pasta, cous cous, noodles, you name it they make and sell it. They even sell the local wine too. Whether wanting to make or eat local food when there or do the same when returning home, the owner and main cook, Garali, the owner, will greet you with a big smile. Her passion for her products will shine through and visitors cannot help but leave with some of her amazing food.
Varos is a short distance south east of Atsiki and is famous for its stone built traditional houses. It is situated in the shadow of Despotis Hill, which is where the island governor used to use to view and supervise the mining of the Limnos clay, which has medical and health value. Not far from Varos is the only real remains of the volcano Mosychlos, where there is a small crater area. According to mythology, this crater was made when Zeus throw Hephaestus off Mount Olympus. There is also a well preserved fossilised tree trunk that traces the geological history of the island. The village is transforming itself into a destination that has many types of accommodation, as investment is going into converting a lot of its old buildings.
There is varied flora and fauna on the island, but the amount of bright red poppy’s catch the eye, no matter where visitors are on the island. This is poignant coinciding it is used in the UK to commemorate fallen soldiers, especially with the islands connection to The Gallipoli Campaign.
The soil is very fertile, but especially in this central region, as that was where the volcano that created the island was most active. The soil is called ‘Terra Limnia’ and throughout history has been known to have health qualities, but also it makes it easy to grow virtually any crop.
Limnos Wine is famous throughout the world and no wonder; great soil, water and sun, perfect conditions for growing the grapes. There are several private Wineries and even a Municipality run one, so going on a Wine Tasting trip is recommended.
The whole island is pulling together to promote itself and show the world what it has to offer, which is a lot. The organisations involved in promoting this amazingly unique Island are; Hoteliers Association of Lemnos, 24 Hours Rooms in Lemnos, Municiplaity of Lemnos and Limnos Touristic. If anyone wants more information, whether they are an industry professional, individual traveller or from a group of tourists, contact them, as they would love to help!
Limnos Island is a jewel in the crown of what are known as The Greek Islands, so if visitors have not visited this one, they cannot say they have seen the best of this part of the world.
Other destinations to be considered on this unique island is Kontopouli, Moudros and Myrina.