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Holidays In Crithoni

Crithoni Holidays at a Glance

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A quiet, pretty little resort in the bay of Alinda where the white of the dwellings contrasts with the green of the trees and flowering shrubs. The atmosphere is more authentic than touristy, in spite of being in one of the most popular parts of Leros. There’s plenty of history to discover and numerous hidden coves to explore nearby. And you don’t have to go far to find the fun of watersports or a good number of lovely little taverns and kafeneia in which to while away an hour or two.

Who goes to Crithoni?

Crithoni is the place to come for an unhurried and relaxing break.  As such it’s perfect for couples, young or old, or families seeking safe, sandy beaches where children can play and parents can unwind.

Key Facts - Crithoni

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration3 - 4 hours (Approx)

Green and serene, Crithoni sits between Alinta and Agia Marina. It straggles up from the coast into the hills with cubed, white homes and luxury villas, small churches and older dwellings typical of Leros. For tourists to this pretty resort, there are some luxury hotels and apartments, restaurants and entertainment venues. While the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, it has an air that local life would happily go on in its own unhurried way, tourists or not.

There are one or two points of historical interest in Crithoni: here you’ll find a neo-classical mansion, Patriarchio, where occasionally the Patriarch of Alexandria, Sofronios used to stay. In its courtyard, the small church of Agios Sofronios was built. At the waterfront is a touching reminder of a more turbulent past with a cemetery for some of the dead from the Second World War. The numerous hidden coves and bays of the island made Leros a convenient place to quietly drop anchor for a brief respite from the fighting. However, there was a bitter battle on the island between German and British forces after the Italians had surrendered, and the battle of Leros is commemorated every September.

The small, pretty bay of Crithoni fringed with eucalyptus and tamarisk trees is in the direction of Alinda. Beyond both is Dio Liskaria Beach, a few minutes by car or scooter. It sits between large rocks has beautiful turquoise water and a taverna. Around the coast, in Alinda itself, you’ll find a good choice of eateries and places just to sit and enjoy the sunshine with a cafe and a pastry, and a beautiful shaded beach with safe swimming perfect for a day out with children. Here you can hire canoes and motorboats, or wander round the fascinating Folklore Museum to see more reminders of WW11, or more ancient relics dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze ages.

Head in the other direction from Crithoni to reach Agia Marina, a small but pretty port on the outskirts of the island capital, Platanos, and overlooked by a Knight’s Castle. 

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 Crithoni 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 Crithoni 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. 

Crithoni 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.  

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Kos 20 24 27 29 29 26 21
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Kos 8 10 12 14 13 10 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

 Leros Holidays - 5 Day Forecast

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