Overview of Leros
Leros is one of the most unexplored Greek islands, ignored by mass tourism, yet truly accommodating, with so much to offer. It is located in the Dodecanese, between Patmos and Kalymnos, surrounded by many small pristine islands, perfect for boat excursions. The island’s hilly morphology and fascinating coastline of tranquil beaches underline its gentle, low profile. Indeed, Leros boasts discreetly of its unspoiled beauties, addressing to travelers who dislike glamour and love the simple things in life.
It used to be one of the most misunderstood Greek islands (due to its psychiatric hospital and also as a former place of exile during the Greek dictatorship). Nowadays, free from the negative memories of the past, it offers satisfactory touristic infrastructure, a number of traditional villages to explore, impressive beaches, decent sightseeing and abundant fresh fish. World War II and the 30-year-old Italian occupation have left their marks on the island (war memorials and sunken shipwrecks are scattered all over). The same goes for the island’s major historical event, the notorious battle of Leros in 1943, which inspired the novel –and film- “The Guns of Navarone”.
Lakki, one of the best natural ports in the Mediterranean, used to be the main Italian naval station in WWII. The town still carries the remnants of that era, combining the Aegean housing style with the Italian rationalist architecture (found in many neoclassical buildings, the Agora, cinema, Town Hall, the Leros Hotel, etc). The island’s picturesque second port is Agia Marina, a popular resort with whitewashed houses, mansions, a public fish market and a typical Greek island atmosphere. Agia Marina is actually the haven of Leros’ beautiful capital of Platanos, built amphitheatrically under the island’s landmark Castle of Panagia, ideal for an afternoon stroll. At the south of Platanos, lies the hospitable fishing village of Pandeli, a representative example of the island’s settlements. Keeping things simple, Leros urges you to forget about the mainstream and experience the lifestyle of an authentic Greek island.
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