The atmosphere is more authentic than touristy, in spite of being in one of the most popular parts of Leros
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.
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 neoclassical 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.