Leros Island, Greece
Leros is the birth place of Artemis, the goddess of hunting. A beautiful island with crystal clear blue waters and ideal for scuba diving fans since Leros has many ship wrecks since the Second World War.
Situated between Patmos and Kalimnos, Leros is an island of small fertile valleys sandwiched between rolling green hills, deep coves and pretty beaches. Leros. topography has given rise to many villages. The most important is the capital, Agia Marina - united with two other villages, Platanos and Pandeli, on the back side of the hill - a collection of little white houses, neoclassical buildings and narrow alleyways. It starts at the seaside and gradually climbs up the sides of the hill, whose summit is dominated by the sombre remains of a Byzantine castle. Of special significance during Byzantine times, its shape is that given it by the Knights of St. John, who arrived on Leros in the 14th century. Still standing today are the circuit wall and the church of Our Lady within it. Laki, 3 kilometres south of Agia Marina, is the island.s port. It is built at the back of a deep, practically enclosed bay, whose mouth is only 500 metres wide.
This is one of the largest and best natural harbours in the Mediterranean. Alinda, Xirokambos, and Partheni are charming seaside villages, while you.ll find wonderful swimming at the beaches of Agia Marina, Pandeli, Vromolitho, Alinda, Laki, Merikia, and Xirokambos, to name a few.
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
Port Authority: 22470 22.224
Police: 22470 22.222
Municipality: 22470 23.711
Taxi: 22470 22.550
Historical Folklore Museum: 22470 24.225, 22470 25.040
First Aid: 22470 23.251