Holidays In Pandeli
Pandeli Holidays at a Glance
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A pretty working fishing village with a friendly atmosphere, Pandeli is the perfect place to slow down to the pace of Greek island life. You won’t encounter over-exuberant young people or over-developed tourism here. Instead you’ll wander a labyrinth of old streets flanked by unpretentious whitewashed walls and splashes of floral colour. Gaze out at the tamarisk, olive and pine over the hillside, and the glistening sea in the bay. The scent on the air may be hibiscus and bougainvillea, or kalamari frying in a welcoming taverna with retsina to wash it down. Relax and drink in the experience.
Who goes to Pandeli?
Couples of all ages will enjoy the romance and tranquillity of this traditional Greek fishing village. It’s also ideal for young families with its welcoming atmosphere, and abundance of pretty coves, beaches, and nearby towns to visit.
Key Facts - Pandeli
- Dialing Code00 30
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration3 - 4 hours (Approx)
Built along the curve of the bay, Pandeli resembles an amphitheatre of dwellings, looking down into the blue of the Aegean below where sailboats and private yachts are moored. It is one of the oldest fishing villages on Leros, and the local population still work the waters daily bringing in hauls of fish to supply the many tavernas that line the quayside, or knitting their nets in the sunshine. The backdrop is of steep hills and greenery, crowned with the ancient Byzantine Castle of Panagia which glows gold in the sunset. Add to that the enchanting little line of traditional windmills adorning the hilltop like a gap-toothed grin and you can understand why Panteli is regarded as one of the most picturesque spots on the island. Paths and alleyways lined with traditional cubed white houses wiggle their way up the hillside from the waterfront affording some wonderful views out to sea as they go. In the heart of the village are some old-style kafeneia where friendly old locals sip strong, sweet coffee, twinkly eyes in leathery faces watching the world go by with enviable nonchalance.
The beach at Pandeli is sand and pebble and protected by the shade of tamarisk trees. It has a taverna serving fresh fish and cold drinks. In the same sweep of bay is sandy Vromolithos beach around which hotels, apartments and shops have been built with a choice of restaurants and bars to try. It’s an altogether bigger affair with sunbeds and parasols lined up on the sand next to a clear, crystalline sea but with no less charm, nonetheless.
Travel in either direction up or down this coast, and you’ll come across yet more coves and bays, hidden away and inviting. It’s a perfect place to explore. You can hire a car or, even better a scooter, from the island capital of Platanos, a couple of kilometres north of Pandeli. You may decide to stay there a while strolling among the souvenir shops or chilling out in one of the many tavernas. You may even be tempted to book a day out a little further afield by hopping on a ferry departing from the adjacent harbour of Agia Maria, heading for one of a number of neighbouring islands, for a complete change of scene.
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 Pandeli 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 Pandeli 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.
Pandeli 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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