Leros island Greece

About Leros

The island of Leros is located in the northern Dodecanese a few miles south of Patmos while to the south it is separated by a relatively narrow sea route with Kalymnos. This is a special place that captivates the visitor with its authentic beauty. The island is located at the southeastern tip of the Aegean, in the Dodecanese and the first impression it gives you is that it is a small embroidery, a piece of lace with so many coves to shape it. Besides, it is characteristic that the length of its shores reaches 71 kilometers while its area is estimated at 54 square kilometers.

The geographical relief of the island is characterised by small hills and innumerable coves with the largest being the bay of Laki which is the largest natural port in the eastern Mediterranean, for this reason the Italians in 1932 established their main port in the Dodecanese. Other large bays are Alinda, Gourna, Vromolithos, the bay of Partheni and Blefouti and Panteli.The highest altitude is located in Klidi (around 300 m), other mountains in Leros are Skoubarda and Diapori in the south and Apitiki in the east.

Many small islands are scattered around Leros such as Agia Kyriaki and Pianousa opposite Panteli, Archangelos in the north and Glaronissia with the Leriko island between Leros and Kalymnos.

The island of Leros is green and in the interior there is agricultural production, there are countless vines, figs, prickly pears, Guavas (found only in Leros), crops with vegetables and many roads are covered with eucalyptus and pines.

There are plenty of tamarisk trees on the beaches that offer shade to vacationers. There is even a small river that starts from the Imerovigli hill and flows into the bay of Gourna. The beauty of Leros compensates the visitor who made the long journey to reach this island. Mild terrain, green plains, shores for all tastes and the dazzling light of the Aegean compose a wonderful setting.

Do not miss a walk in Agios Isidoros, the small church that looks like a postcard, as it stands only on a small island connected by a narrow strip with the mainland. Very beautiful and picturesque is the Panagia of Kavourodaina, built on a rock near Xirokampos.

Leros, although small, has many settlements and beaches. The capital Platanos is located in the east of the island below the mountain Apitiki and the castle of Panagia. Agia Marina the second port and co-capital is located in the north just a few minutes walk from Platanos as well as the picturesque Panteli in the south.Apitiki separates the bay of Alinda from the bay of Pantelios and Vromolithos.

Unlike other Aegean islands where the main resource is Tourism, Leros relies to a large extent on the public services that exist on the island which has 3 hospitals, a port, two high schools and several primary schools, and it is a fact that many of the inhabitants Leros are from other areas of Greece who work on the island. In Leros you will find all kinds of shops, boutiques, large supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers, bookstores, gift shops, mobile telephony, electronics, shopping and car items, garages and gas stations, building and sanitary materials, pharmacies and medical centers. In the morning in the fish market of Agia Marina you will find fresh fish brought by boats and trawlers.

You will come to Leros by ferry from Piraeus or by daily flights of Olympic airlines. The island is connected to all the Dodecanese by Catamaran and ferries . Small cruise boats will take you on excursions to the nearby islands.


West of Agia Marina the road goes to Krithoni and Alinda and from there to Gourna, Kamara, Airport, Partheni and Blefouti while to the south of Platanos the road goes to Panteli, Spilia, Vromolithos, Tourkopigado (left) and Ag continues to Lakki, Xirokampos in the south and Merkies located in the west of Lakki. From Lakki starts from the height of PIKPA the road to Gourna Agios Isidoros and Kamara which is a beautiful route. Also the road that goes to Merkies reaches the entrance of the bay at Cape Katsouni from where you can admire panoramic views of the Aegean up to Kalymnos and Kos.

The road network started by the Italians and perfected in later years is quite good, apart from the entrance to Platanos in Spilia where the road narrows and the turn from Agia Marina to Alinda where in summer there is a lot of traffic especially when local ships arrive. all other roads are relatively comfortable.

There are many beaches in Leros, almost for every taste, organised you will find in Alinda, Panteli, Vromolithos and Gourna, Xirokampos, Blefouti, Dyo Lisgaria. In many there are taverns and canteens as well as umbrellas with sunbeds. Most have sand or pebbles. But if you want to explore the island you will discover countless small beaches just for you, especially if you have a boat or you like hiking. You will find other small beaches towards Tourkopigado and Vourlidia opposite Panteli. The road after Merkies to the mouth of the port will lead you to countless small bays and secluded beaches.

Leros in recent years has experienced a good tourist development, the Municipality has done several development projects on the island such as pedestrian walks, restorations of traditional buildings, biological cleaning and new roads.

For many years the Psychiatric Hospital and the political prisoners of the junta were a stigma for this beautiful island, but today all this is past and for many Greek and foreign visitors, Leros has become the established holiday island. Many have not bought cottages and villas.

From the 70’s tourists began to arrive on the island mainly from Scandinavia and followed by Germans and Italians, in recent years the Greeks who discovered this little paradise in the Dodecanese have the first place.

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The island has several tourist units, hotels, rooms, studios, furnished apartments and a campsite. A very interesting nightlife in winter and summer with several bars and cafes, countless dining options in traditional fish taverns, restaurants, grills and ouzo. In Leros you will find a cinema, playgrounds, football and basketball courts, bowling alleys, water sports, museums and libraries.Every summer several events are organised such as traditional dances, concerts, sports, regattas, traditional weddings and festivals in various parts of the island. Leros hides architectural marvels. Lakki, the port of the island, has to show a unique interwar architectural complex in Europe. See the old officers’ residences, the Town Hall, the Hotel Rome and the roundabout with the Clock Tower. The War Museum is next in line in a military tunnel in Merikia that has been restored and houses exhibits from the time when Leros was an Italian base. You will reach the well-preserved Byzantine castle of Panteli (Panagia tou Kastrou) either by asphalt road or via a path with 500 steps! Also note the Folklore Museum at Bellenis Tower in Alinda.

For those who love fishing and diving, Leros is the right island. You can fish with a rod and a fly from many beaches. The fish are abundant and the waters are crystal clear. Every summer the island receives a large number of yachts and yachts, especially in the bays of Pantelios and Vromolithos and in the marinas of Lakki. Leros neither can nor wants to attract everyone and charms those who consciously seek diversity and peace on vacation. Get ready for a dip in the clear waters of its -mainly pebble- creeks but also for a trip back in time, which will take you back to the time of the Italian occupation, through the interwar buildings in Lakki and the Egyptian mansions that stretch along the coastal road, between Krithoniou and Alindon, and tell their own story.

Ιf we assume that Leros can be returned in two days (which is admittedly a good thing), then the question is how many memories fit in the visitor’s diary. And yet there are many! Lakki, as we said before, combines the architectural trends of the ’30s with Aegean elements. The old residences of the officers (unfortunately, they have begun to deteriorate), the town hall, the Hotel of Rome and the circular Market with the Clock Tower are some of the places that deserve our attention. Just outside the city to the east, in Merikia, the Leros War Museum (or Merikia Tunnel) presents exhibits from the time when the island was an Italian base, while its premises still include the military museum park and its underground ammunition Italian  depots.