Leros Offers Relaxation and Comfort
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Leros is a Dodecanese island located in the southern Aegean Sea. It offers a laid back atmosphere and is a popular vacation spot for domestic travelers though it doesn’t see many foreign visitors. The island includes a number of sites that are worth a visit in addition to its lovely sandy beaches. There are plenty of cafes and vistas that offer great dining which often includes the island specialties of smoked mackerel and thyme honey.
Leros is a quick 45-minute flight from Athens and flights also arrive from Rhodes, Kos, and Astypalea. Because the island is located on the main north-south ferry route between Rhodes and Piraeus, many visitors stop here via ferry as well.
Platanos, near the center of the island, is the capital of Leros. This peaceful village is known for its photogenic port of Agia Marina to the north, which offers bakeries, waterfront cafes, and a number of boutiques. On the edge of Agia Marina is a modern Archaeological Museum that includes exhibits and artefacts including inscriptions, grave markers, coins, mosaics, and vessels that date back to the island’s pre-historic period to medieval times. Overlooking Platanos on the hill is the Pandeli Castle that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The church inside of the kastro has impressive frescoes and icons. Running south from the Pandeli Castle is a string of pretty windmills. Visitors can drive to the castle or walk up the lengthy, scenic staircase.
North of Platanos are the villages of Krithoni and Alinda, which are near each other along Alinda Bay. Alinda is a popular destination in the summer and becomes quite lively. It’s where the beach considered to be the best on Leros is located. Krithoni is much quieter and is where you’ll find a war cemetery that contains the graves of British, Canadian, and South African soldiers. The northernmost area of Leros is where the airport is located, but outside of that the area is very quiet and full of small fishing communities.
South of Platanos is Pandeli, a pretty village with a beach on Pandeli Bay. Just south of Pandeli is Vromolithos. Overlooking Vromolithos Beach, where the water is a beautiful turquoise, is one of the best views in all of Greece.
Lakki on Lakki Bay is very quiet. The cafes on the waterfront attract those that make a stop at the nearby marina. Heading west from Lakki towards Merikia is the War Museum, also known as “Tunnel Museum”. Inaugurated in August 2005, it holds significant exhibits from the WWII period and draws a substantial number of visitors from around the world. The tunnel was built by the Italian army and played a role in a decisive battle on the island.
Xirokambos is a village in the southernmost area of Leros on Xironkambos Bay. This resort area offers plenty of hotels and restaurants along the beach. The Bay is a particularly good spot for snorkeling. Nearby, the ruined fortress of Paleokastro offers pretty views of the Bay below.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com