A goddess in the endless blue
A true beauty, the island of Leros relaxes its visitor with its green hills, the beautiful sandy beaches, the picturesque villages and the historical monuments. This small paradise on the edge of the Aegean keeps its identity offering rest, good food, magical surroundings, hospitable people, away from the busy tourist destinations.
The island's particular geographical landscape is a combination of small hills and innumerable coves. Laki Bay is the largest natural harbor in the Eastern Mediterranean. There are many islands scattered around Leros such as Agia Kyriaki, Pianousa, Archangelos and Glaronisia.
Ancient Greek writers have recorded that on the northern coast of Leros the goddess Artemis was worshiped. The traces of the sanctuary dedicated to Artemis were located south of the present settlement of Partheni and date back to Hellenistic times.
Although the island is small it has many settlements and beaches for every taste. In Alinda, Panteli, Xerokampos, Blefouti, Two Lissaria, Vromolithos and Gourna are the organized beaches of the island. In most of them, there are taverns where you can taste fresh fish. Also, there are countless small isolated beaches that you will probably find easier either by boat or hiking.
The Castle of Panagia (or Panteli Castle) is Byzantine and was built in the 10th or 11th centuries. It is located at an altitude of about 600 meters. In 1300, the Knights of St. John defeated Leros, and they used the castle after some reinforcement work done.
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