Holidays In Alinda
Alinda Holidays at a Glance
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A thriving and popular resort, petite Alinda brings you the best beach on the island with a gently shelving sea and the shade of Tamarisk trees. The coastline is dotted with hidden coves and pretty bays to ring the changes, but, with its slightly quieter, neighbour, Crithoni, you’ll find all you need here for an untroubled, relaxing break.
Who goes to Alinda?
While not the place for wild nights out, perhaps, Alinda has appeal for all age groups. It’s got all the traditional Greek elements with the feel of an established resort. Young families love the clean, shallow sea and pretty beaches.
Key Facts - Alinda
- Dialing Code00 30
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration3 - 4 hours (Approx)
In a deep bay on the east of the island, Alinda is one of the most popular resorts on Leros. Along with near neighbour, Crithoni, the majority of holidaymakers to the island head in this direction. And if Alinda is your choice, perhaps you already know it’s because they’ll have bagged the best beach on the island. It’s long and narrow, but the soft sand and pebbles border a clear, shallow sea. Above all, shade is offered by an attractive line of tamarisk trees running parallel to the beach, as well as from the inevitable parasols with sunbeds. There’s no excuse for burning here.
The surroundings are lush with vegetation, the hills rising away into the distance bearing cloaks of pine forests and olive groves. Further coves and bays are within walking distance, too. For a change of scene, wander a couple of meters to pretty Panagies or Lisgaria where the grey-green leaves of Eucalyptus trees make an attractive back drop. Stop for a drink or for lunch at one of the smattering of tavernas here. Beautiful Kithoni bay also enjoys the protection of Eucalyptus and Tamarisk trees.
To meet demand, a variety of holiday accommodation is available from modern hotels to rooms to rent, with villas and flats in between. Alinda is also served by all the facilities regular holidaymakers expect to find: restaurants, cafes, mini-markets, transport for hire and a variety of watersports to break up a day’s sunbathing on the beach.
The chief local attraction here is the Belenis Castle Tower founded by a wealthy Leros family in 1925. A restored, stone-built mansion, it now houses a fascinating folklore museum. Elsewhere within is a delightful courtyard used as a venue for local festivals taking place during the summer months. But, if no Greek holiday is complete for you without some time spent cooling off in the serene interior of an ancient monastery or church, then this area won’t disappoint. Choose between the Monastery of Agios Sofronios and the churches of Agios Saranta or Agios Isidoros, which sits atop a rock. Nearby are the remains of some ancient stone dwellings.
The island capital Platinos, overlooked by a castle on a hill, lies on the south side of the bay, a brief taxi-ride away. With its striking, richly-coloured Italianate buildings, it is a lovely place to spend the day. It offers some chic boutiques and, where it connects with the picture-postcard port of Agia Marina, there are waterfront cafes and bakeries to tempt you in for a baklava or spanakopita perhaps.
Festivals: The traditional festival of Agia Marina takes place on 17th of July and the festival of the Virgin Mary on 15th of August. During the first 10 days of August, the popular Wine Festival is held in Xirokambos, while the Alinta Nautical Games also take place in August.
Lakki cinema: Chill out in front of the big screen in Lakki’s cinema, a preserved building simultaneously reminiscent of a stone amphitheatre and the vast Odeon cinema buildings of post-war Britain.
Archaeology Museum On the road to Platanos near the Marina, this 19th-century building houses a collection of artefacts found on Leros and nearby.
WWII War cemetery On the waterfront at Krithoni, neighbour to Alinta. Leros was the scene of some fierce fighting between British and German forces after Italy’s surrender. The cemetry contains the remains of nearly two hundred British and allied forces.
Temple of Artemis: On the marshy north coast of Leros, feel the touch of time when you visit this unexcavated site while Artemis was worship. To the south of the settlement Partheni, in the church of Agios Georgios evidence of a chancel dedicated to Artemis was found dating back to the Hellenistic Period.
Sporty action: There is a football pitch at Lakki and a basketball court at Pandeli. You will also find diving centres for underwater exploration. Give it a go!
Hiking: A good network of paths makes exploring the hills and fertile valleys or Leros a good way to spend a day or two.
Watersports: With deep, sheltered natural bays, such as the picturesque Lakki Harbour, a coastline 82 kms long and clear waters over volcanic rock, Leros lends itself easily to activities such as sailing, scuba diving, and windsurfing.
Go Fishing: Try your luck casting your line at one of the plentiful fishing spots on Leros. Hire a boat or hook up with one of the island’s fishermen for a real taste of the sea.
Eating/Drinking During Alinda Holidays
On Leros you will find many restaurants, fish taverns, bakeries and confectioneries with traditional Lerian sweets, coffee shops, discos bars and clubs. There is no shortage of traditional tavernas to enjoy the unrivalled deliciousness of authentic Greek cuisine. Try local fish dishes such as koukouvades, fish marinated with rosemary, fresh octopus on the grill, saganaki mussels, salted mackerel, sea urchins, fouskes and fish soup. Other tasty dishes are goat meat in lemon sauce, stuffed cabbage and the local mizithra cheese. There are a number of irresistible desserts which could be accompanied by diasogala, a sweet drink like the soumada, found only find in Leros. Make a night of it by visiting one of the many bars and nightclubs in the main resorts of Agia Marina Pandeli, Lakki and Alinta as well, enjoying live folk music, traditional songs, or european disco.
Getting Around on Alinda Holidays
Daily ferries connect Leros with mainland port Piraeus (about 8 hrs) as well as the other islands of Syros, Patmos, Kalymnos, Kos and Rhodes. The journey by ferry from Leros to Kalymnos is 1hr, to Kos 1,5hrs, to Rhodes 6 hrs and to Siros 5 hrs. Olympic holidaymakers will arrive in Leros by ferry from Kalymnos.
Low fare taxis are the main mode of transport on the island, though there is a bus service connecting the villages and the beaches, running from Platanos. Cars, scooters and boat are available for hire.
Alinda Holidays Shopping
The main shopping centre is in Platanos: Fresh produce and locally produced goods such as honey and cheese, among other non-perishable goods can be bought at one of the island’s three traditional markets. These are at Agia Marina, Planatos and Lakki. There are also grocery stores surrounding the markets. For souvenirs, check out the local folk art shops for fine, traditionally hand-woven fabrics, embroidered goods and ceramics. Jewellery can be purchased in the boutiques round and about. You will also find alcohol, clothes and shoes imported from overseas sold at low prices.
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