Excursions in Leros

Leros island has much to offer. You can go for walks and excursions to Lakki, Krithoni, Parteni, Myloi, Plaka,Vourlidia and many other walks. For those who have a boat then the island is really a paradise to get to know it by the sea. The islet of Agia Kyriaki opposite Panteli is a popular destination for fishing and for gathering sea urchins and cockles and whelks. Climb up the stairs to the church of holly Sunday andhave a rest in a small cool room nest to the church. you can make a picnic on the rocks or outside the chapel.
Pigianousa the next island near Ayia Kyriaki, it is also another place for excursions combined with bathing, diving and you will definitely take out many sea urchins. Leaving Pigianousa just opposite, there is a stunning fine gravel beach created by the fine gravel that the torrents descend in winter. Crystal clear waters and above all peace because the beach is only accessible by boat.
Vourlidia is 500 meters away and you can go by boat or by car taking the upper road to the right of Agyra turn as you come from Lakki.

Another beautiful area for excursion is Saint Isidorus. You can go by car. The chapel is located on a small island that joins with the land by a small lane as a bridge. From there you will have a wonderful view of Gourna Bay and the Aegean Sea. for swimming there are several sandy beaches with fine sand and pebbles towards Kokkali and Gourna.
At the end of Gourna Bay there is another place ideal for a day trip, it is called Drimonas. It is a small fishing village with a small beach and a tavern to enjoy fresh fish or ouzo.

Plefouti is another area very popular in Leros for excursions and swimming. An excursion to Plefouti can be combined with a visit to the ancient fort that might have been a temple dedicated to Artemis and is just before the Leros Airport. Do not miss the church of Agia Kioura at Partheni where all frescoes have been made by political exiles at the time of the dictatorship. In Plefouti you will swim and relax under the trees of the beach.

A wonderful journey if you have a car or motorbike is the one that passes over the hills in the center of Leros starting from Lakki to Gourna through Plaka and the route from the left turn of the road to Ankara to Myli where you will have a magnificent view of the rural Leros with green slopes, farmhouses and fields on the slopes. The view of the Aegean as you go down to Gourna is a magic especially the sunset that has nothing to jealous of the sunsets in the Cyclades Islands.

In Lakki towards the entry of the bay there are countless points for picnics and a trip to the west towards Merkies and Katsouni the cape that is located in edge of the bay of the port of Lakki.
The whole area is covered with pine trees and you will find plenty of isolated bays ideal for swimming, diving, fishing and nudism. On the ridge of Katsouni you will find the ruins of the fortifications of the Italians from the Second World War and the bases of anti-aircraft guns.

Panagia Kavouradena in Xerokambos is another place where you can go for excursions, visit the small chapel built on the rock and camp on the small beach right next to you, you can swim and gather crabs. The excursion can be combined with a visit to the prehistoric Paliokastro, over which there are ruins of Cyclopean walls and the Virgin Mary’s chapel.

The Barbarossa excursion boat in the summer makes daily trips to the small islands north of Leros such as Marathi, Aspronisia, Tiganakia and Lipsi.

Every day there is a different route and you can find it in the mornings at Barbarossa anchorage in Agia Marina before 11 am. In the excursion you will swim and taste meze , tomatoes and salted macerel with ouzo, which you offer free of charge, then you will go to eat in one of the islets or in Marathi or Lipsos.

An excursion to Barbarossa is for those who want to experience the smaller islands. You can also make with the same boat the nightlife tour of Leros with a full moon

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