One of the smallest and most relaxing islands of Dodecanese is Leros. Located on the south eastern side of the Aegean Sea, Leros is a great destination for families with kids and tourists who need a peaceful place to unwind. The ferries to Leros run 4 times per week from Athens while there is also daily ferry connection from larger close islands, such as Rhodes and Kos. Ferries from Leros to other small islands like Lipsi and Nisyros are also available.
What to do in Leros
The most popular things to do in Leros is swimming and sightseeing. Spend your day at the beautiful beaches of the island, some organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, seaside taverns and beach cafes, or even totally secluded. In the evening, head to the picturesque villages of the island, where you can walk around paved paths and enjoy a traditional dinner by the waterfront.
The most picturesque villages of Leros are Lakki and Agia Marina. Especially in Agia Marina you shall find the most photographed spot of the island: an old restored windmill at a paved walkway in the sea and a famous restaurant next to it. Lakki distinguishes for its Italian architecture, a remain from the Italian occupation of the Dodecanese islands until the late 1940s.
Nice beaches in Leros are Vromolithos and Alinda, two organized beaches with accommodation, taverns and shops. Alinda is also a vivid nightlife spot on the island.
What to see
Although Leros is a small island, it has some interesting sightseeing. The most famous sight in Leros is the Medieval Castle above the villages of Platanos/Pandeli. This strong castle offers a breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea. A road with restored windmills leads up to the castle.
Another very interesting sight to visit in Leros is the War Museum. This museum is found outside Lakki and is housed in an old tunnel that was built by the Italians and was in use during World War II. This museum opened in 2005 and is truly a special place to visit in Leros.
How to go: flights and ferries to Leros
There are ferries to Leros from the port of Piraeus in Athens 4 times per week. The trip from Athens to Leros is long and lasts from 10 to 13 hours, depending on the vessel and the intermediate stops. There are also daily ferries to Leros from close islands, such as Rhodes, Kos and Patmos, which run the route in much less time.
The island of Leros also has an airport on the northern side. This airport is small and receives only flights from Athens 3-4 times per week.
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