A thriving and popular resort, offering the best beach on the island with a gently shelving sea and the shade of Tamarisk trees.
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.
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.