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Lovely seaside villages
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We stayed at Platanos, the capital of Leros, a very charming town with stunning views of the bays and fishing villages below. We climbed uphill to the Kastro, passing by lovely houses bathed in colorful blooms whose scents filled the hillside path leading up to the Kastro.

The castle was a Byzantine fortress which was used as a military observation post. We visited the church of Kyra tou Kastrou inside the castle. There were at least 370 steps up the winding road to the Kastro- took the wind out of our sails. We climbed down and sat for a while at the Platanos Cafe, a perfectly relaxing place on the edge of Platanos Square.

In the afternoon, we walked to Agia Marina, the seaside quarter of Platanos and a picturesque village with narrow streets either side of which stood pretty white houses with wooden or stone balconies decked with brightly colored flowers.

We also walked to the charming seaside village of Panteli. The pebbled beach of Panteli was lined with taverns and we sat outside one of them (Zorbas), a quaint one and typically Greek. We watched the goings on at the tiny fishing harbor at the end of the beach and saw the fishermen tend to their nets and colorful fishing boats. The seafood was great and an astounding variety too- octopus, prawns, squid, and other fish. Some live lobsters in a tank outside the tavern looked very appetizing indeed.

One day, we took the bus to Lakki (4km from Platanos) to check out the largest natural harbor in Greece. Also visit the War Museum outside Lakki, which is housed in a real war tunnel.



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Nice wrecks for diving
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We went to Leros three years ago with a group of scube divers. My husband is diving and apparently this is one of the developing scuba diving destinations in Greece. He usually goes to Naxos or Corfu to dive, but as he said Leroswas very interesting, too! Apparently there are many old shipwrecks in the sea bottom around the island and divers love to discover new wrecks!

While he was busy with his fish and submerged ships, I rented a motorbike and went swimming. Alinda, Agia Marina and Xirolambos were nice, sandy beaches. There were not many people in June so they came up very relaxing. I was impressed by the war museum near the port and I loved the promenade up to the Castle in Padeli.

In the evenings, all the group we had dinners in small taverns by the sea and the moon was reflecting on the water!! It was such a lovely island, like all places in Greece. I am always happy if we spent summers in the Greek islands. We come back home with a wonderful feeling of relaxation.



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Put variety in menus
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Holidays on Leros can be combined with visiting other close islands, like Kalymnos or Patmos. At least, that is what we did. We went to Leros by plane and then hopped by boat to these two islands. There are boats every day and the trip will not take more than an hour.

Leros is a quiet island with very beautiful and wild landscape. We stayed in Agia Marina, where most hotels are found. This is also the most popular beach on Leros. Pandeli is famous for the castle and walking there in the evening is a relaxing experience. Alinda has a lot of bars, so best for the youth.

You will find a lot of nice taverns in Leros but I ish there was more variety in the menu. This is the only problem with food in Greece: everything is excellent, but all taverns seem to have the same dishes. Maybe Greek chefs should have more imagination and add local dishes in the menu. In Leros, it is a must to sit in the restaurant next to the windmill in Agia Marins, but you can also find delicious restaurants everywhere else.



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Every day is a pleasure
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We like it that Leros is so beautiful and unspoilt. We visited the island for the third time this summer so pretty much we knew where to stay, where to go or what to do. For us, every day on Leros is a pleasure! We travel with two kids with us and we feel safe to let them run around or play in the sea. We generally feel safe in every small Greek island, except for the very popular.

In Leros, we always stay in Agia Marina in Maria Studios and we usually swim there. In the evening, you can climb up the Castle or just read a magazine in the lovely square of Platanos. Give a try to the restaurant by the mill in Agia Marina, its location is the highlight of Leros. We always have good food in Greece, the entire family loves it. Maybe the prices should go down a bit, to attract even more tourists.

Also visit the War Museum close to the port. It is located in the woods and actually we learned about it this summer. Why don't you advertise it more? The museum is housed in underground corridors that were used as storehouses in second world war. It is a special experience and I am glad that my kids lived it and learned something more about history.



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Windy and romantic
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Leros was just I expected it, a nice tiny island. We spent three days in Leros and another three days in Patmos this summer and loved both places. Greece always surprises me with the different landscapes. Every island has something different and doesn't look like the other. Lerosin particular was very windy and had very few greenery. The soil was very wild and stony. Walk to the castle in Pandeli but go in the evening because in the day it is too hot. Stay there to see the sunset.

For nightlife, the place to be is Alinda. There are some clubs there in a row along the seaside, all young people go there when it gets dark and stay till the morning. I saw some lovely beach parties there and teenagers swimming at night, singing with guitars and laughing loud. Really nice atmosphere!! Beaches on Leros was fine and clean, but not very sandy, actually they were a mixture of sand and pebbles. Food was great in every single restaurant.



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Mostly famous for its sights
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The top thing on Leros are the villages and the food, not the beaches. Most beaches are isolate and rocky, so I didn't swim much during the four days I stayed on the island. However, I saw many lovely sights. The Castle was very beautiful. You will probably not find many tourists up there, especially if it is summer, so you can sit and enjoy the view for as long as you want. Another great place to see is the War Museum, which is actually set in the real undergound place where the battles were held. Really interesting and spooky! The rest of the island is great for walking around, with a cold drink at one hand and a camera on the other.


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olivera wrote on Oct 03, 2009

The Alinda beach is wonderful and my husband and I really enjoyed swimming there. No rocks! We spent 25 days at Leros and now we are familiar with all cute corners. Warmly recommend Aghia Marina, Aghios Isidoros and some of the authentic fishermen villages.


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Many picturesque places to walk
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I personally loved Leros! We went there for a weekned from Rhodes, but I wish we had stayed more. There aren't many sights to see, except for the Castle mainly and the War Museum in Lakki, but there are many picturesque places to walk around, as the path with the windmills that leads to the Castle and the sea marina to the church of Agios Isidoros at the sunset. Truly romantic scene! The beaches on Leros are not the best as they are short and too pebbled, but that was no problem to us, as the island had so many other beauties that you will not miss swimming.



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Re Nothing special
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Of course Leros hasn't got the beaches these more commercialised islands do. Leros is not a sit on the beach all day island, there is more culture out there. I do suggest if you want a beach to sit on all day, then take yourself off to beach crowded Kos or Crete etc. Leros was never famed for its nightlife or tourism but for the shear beauty of its simplicity and the fantastic tavernas with food geared up for locals, a flying visit by boat for a day on the island is not enough to capture the culture of the island and the warmth of its islanders.



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Nothing special
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No great beaches on Leros. It is a nice island to relax and enjoy a day in the sun walking or driving, but its beaches have nothing to compare with the endless, sandy beaches of other islands. For me, the best was Alinda because it was somehow broader but still it had a long way to reach the organized beaches of Rhodes or Kos, for example.



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I want to go back
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We had never heard of Leros until two friends spent a week there last year and recommended us to go. It was indeed a great island. I have to say I didn't enjoy the beaches very much because they were quite rocky but the whole vide of Leros hit me the moment I stepped foot on the island. We stayed in Alinda, a traditional fishing village which unfortunately had no ATMs and this caused us some problems since we had to go to Platanos to withdraw money. However, all the rest was excellent. Great food, hospitable people, lovely countryside. Leros is certainly an island I want to go back some day.



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