Beautiful Leros is an island of 29 square miles, close to the Turkish coastline, offering peacefulness but with an enjoyable buzz.

Description

Numerous charmingly hidden-away sandy coves are to be found along the coastline, cafes and eateries abound, and the stunning marina lined with luxury yachts offers a touch of sophistication. The marina occupies an enclosed bay with a mouth only 500 metres across, one of the largest natural harbours in the Mediterranean.  

The beautiful green contours of Leros are lightly peppered with cubed white villas and holiday homes between small sandy coves, olive groves, figs, carobs, tobacco, fruit and grapes. Travel the excellent roads lined with eucalyptus and pine, to discover the beautiful beaches and visit all the island’s resorts in no time at all.

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. 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 in the serene interior of an ancient monastery or church, then choose between the Monastery of Agios Sofronios and the churches of Agios Saranta or Agios Isidoros. 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.

Make the most of your trip Things to see & do

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, Platanos 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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Transport

By Ferry: Daily ferries connect Leros with mainland port Piraeus (about 8 hrs) as well as the other islands of Syros, Patmos, Kalymnos, Kos and  Rhodes.  

By Taxi: Low fare taxis are the main mode of transport on the island.

Weather

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