What to See : One of the most
striking features of Leros is the Kastro of the Virgin Mary (Panagia
Kastrou) that towers above the island's capital Platanos. It dates back
to the 11th century, and was a stronghold for the Knights of St. John.
Here, there is also a museum with findings from various time periods, as
well as an old church.
In Platanos stands the old cathedral Agia Paraskevi. The town itself is
nice for strolling around in, and most of the houses were built in the
Alinda you can visit the church of Agios Isidoros that was built on top
of an ancient temple. There is also a castle here the Belenis tower
which is open to the public, and holds some interesting finds from the
island, including parts of the warship Queen Olga that was sunk here by
the Germans in 1943. The island's first printer can also be seen here.
Just outside Partheni before the airport of Leros there are the remains
of a temple of Artemis.
In Xerokambos you can visit the church of Panagia Kavouradina ("The
Virgin Mary of Crabs"). Legend has it that a fisher man found it here,
and was immediately cured from a crab bite on his hand. In a dream he
was told by a woman dressed in black to return the icon to where it was
found, and so the church was built. Near Xirokampos are the ruins of a
Prehistoric citadel at Paleokastro. Don't miss a visit to the war museum
of Leros build in a war tunnel at the area of Merkia a few hundred
meters west of the port of Lakki. In the museum there are weapons,
uniforms and other items from the second world war.
What to Do
:There are water sports at several beaches like wind surfing and jet ski.
Snorkelling and underwater fishing is very popular here and there are
also tennis and basket ball courts. There is also a festival on Alinda
beach in August during the naval week, on August 14 the Panagia Kastrou
is celebrated. In Septemper is the fishermen fest in Panteli with live
traditional music and free fish and wine. Another festival is held in
Gurna in July the festival of Alonaris. You can also go on daytrips to
Lipsi and other small islands around Leros, there is a boat the
Barbarosa that lives daily at 11 am from Agia Marina and returns at
19.00 daily during the summer, every trip includes swimming in the white
sand beaches of small islets like Aspronisia, Marathi or Tiganakia and
free ouzo with meze. In Lakki there is a cinema (Cine Konstantinos) and
all films are shown in their original languages with Greek subtitles.
Leros Beaches :There are many
beaches on Leros. Most popular and touristy is the beach of Alinda.
Further from Alinda are the beaches of Panagies and Dyo Lisgaria with
nice restaurants and cafes. The beach of Gurna to the west is one of the
few sandy beaches on
in the same area are the beaches of Kokali and Drymonas. In Lakki are
the beaches of Koulouki with sand and Merkies with pebbles. Vromoltho
beach to the east has sand on the two ends, there you will find
restaurants and a cafe bar.The beach of Xirokampos is another beach with
tamarisk trees partly sandy and pebble. In the north part of the island
is located the beach of Blefuti a few hundred meters after Partheni. It
is a nice beach with tamarisk trees and a nice taverna. Another popular
beach is the beach of Panteli. There you can swim and enjoy the scenery
of the most traditional fishermen's village on Leros. Small taverns,
restaurants and cafes where the local fishermen enjoy their ouzo,
fishing boats and nets in a place where the tourism has not change its
traditional way of life.
Leros Nightlife:Don't expect to
find on Leros the party island nightlife like in Kos, Mykonos or
Santorini. There are music bars and live music places. Most of the
nightlife is in Agia Marina, here you will find many bars like the
Meltemi, Apothiki, Harama where you can dance with Greek and
international music until the early morning hours. In Alinda there are
also some nice bars like the Alaloum and Cosmopolitan.
is one of the most popular places for the night outing as it has many
fish taverns and restaurants as well as a wonderful cafeteria the
Castelo on the west side of the beach where you can enjoy the panorama
of the village with nice cocktails, ice creams and snacks, the cafeteria
organises music events with local dances and music throughout the summer
season so you can check at the local advertisement and posters. Right on
the other side of the beach is a picturesque music bar where you can
enjoy international music and fantastic cocktails made by the two
Food in Leros :Because of the
fertile soil, there are many local specialties. The local cheese
Myzethra is worth a try, as well as a special kind of soft drink made on
almond called Soumada. There are also many kinds of local sweets made
from bitter almonds the "Poungakia". Another speciality of the island is
the salted mackerel 'Pastos kolios'. Leros is the unique island in
Greece where you can find the tropical fruit Guava that is called Gavafa
in Greek. Most restaurants of Leros serve traditional Greek food, but
there are also a few international alternatives like an original Italian
restaurant in Alinda run by an Italian couple. There are taverns in most
villages, but the biggest variety you'll find in Panteli, Agia Marina
and Alinda. Being in a fishermen's island you will have the chance to
enjoy all kind of fishes in the fish taverns, don't miss the chance to
taste Astakomakaronada (Lobster with spaghetti). There are even take
away Pizzerias and Souvlaki shops that offer home delivery.
Leros Shopping :You'll find shops
with all kinds of souvenirs in Platanos, Lakki, Alinda and in many villages.
Painted ceramics, textiles, icons, jewellery and things for the beach are
just a few alternatives. There are also local specialties in the pastry
shops, as well as cheese and wine from the island. Leros is one of the few
Greek islands that has a normal urban life all year around therefore the
island has all kind of shops that you will find in Athens. There are
franchise chain supermarkets, internet and mobile shops, boutiques and
fashion shops, green grosser shops, book stores and news papers shops in
Platanos and Lakki. Many mini markets are open until late all the week.
There are Pharmacies in Lakki, Platanos and Kamara. In Lakki and Agia
Marina you will find pastry shops with traditional Leros sweets.
Getting Around The local
buses are very good, and can take you from Platanos to Lakki,
Xerokambos, Alinda and Partheni. There are also several taxis as well as
offices where they rent cars and bikes. The bus station is in Platanos
right opposite the Taxi station.
Getting There :The local
airport has daily flights to and from Athens, Kos and Rhodes. You can
also get a direct flight to Kos and then take the ferryboat or the
Catamaran. There are also ferry boat connections as well as Catamarans
and Hydrofoils with Rhodes, Samos, Patmos Lipsi, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros,
Symi and Piraeus. There is a daily boat from Leros to Kalymnos that
departs from Xirokampos to Myrties at 7.30 and returns at 13.00. To
Lipsi there are daily connections with a fast boat and hydrofoils.
|Facts about Leros*
||Leros Phone numbers*
|Size: 53 sq. km
||International code: 0030
|Population: c. 8.000
||Local code: 22470
|Internet cafe: Yes
|Highest Mountain: Kleidi over 300 mtrs
||Port Police: 22224
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