Located between Patmos and Kalymnos, Leros is a stunning island in the Dodecanese. The island is relatively small and isolated, and well worth discovering.
Its position on the Aegean makes it a perfect destination for those wanting to discover more than one island at a time.
Frequent ferry routes allow you not only to reach Patmos and Kalymnos, but also the tiny Lipsi, Kos, or Rhodes.
Greek mythology tells us that Leros was the place goddess Artemis would choose for hunting, due to the quantity of wild deer there.
Unspoiled and relaxing, the island has plenty of bays and coves for those seeking complete isolation and tranquility.
Lush green valleys combine with a dry hilly landscape, and breathtaking cliffs hang over the sea.
Leros is home to unspoiled beauty
The ancient capital of Leros, Platanos, is located against the hills, right next to the village of Agia Marina.
Platanos owes its name to an ancient plane tree dating back to 1765 there. A must-see landmark of Leros is the impressive Medieval Castle of Panteli, built during the 11th century.
Other spots that shouldn’t be missed include the Turkish baths, and the church of Agia Paraskevi, the ancient cathedral of the city.
Platanos is home to countless well-preserved neoclassical buildings that are still standing and are worth a visit.
Among them are the governor’s house and the public market, as well as the town hall and the public library.
A walk along the narrow paths allows visitors to discover many traditional Greek cafés, water fountains, and iconic windmills.
Also, the village of Lakki deserves some attention. This coastal town is nothing like what you would expect from any Greek harbor.
Visitors will find a well-planned settlement built in the architectural style known as Italian razionalismo, which was popular in the 1930s.
Lakki’s original name was Porto Lago and its large natural bay was the feature that attracted the Italian occupying forces at the beginning of the 20th century.
Porto Lago remains today as a tangible evidence of the Italian attempt to convert the Dodecanese into a satellite of Italy.
Over the last decade or so, the island has developed as a diving destination, attracting people eager to discover some of the many ancient shipwrecks that have been found in the surrounding sea.
Leros is also a great destination for hiking fans, and beautiful trails take the visitor to special spots, such as the Lighthouse.
To reach the island you can choose a ferry departing from Athens. However, Leros also features an airport that allows you get to Athens, as well as other islands, in less than an hour.