Leros island Greece
The island of Leros is located in the northern Dodecanese a few miles south of Patmos, while in the south it is separated from a relatively narrow sea passage with Kalymnos. The geographical relief of the island is characterized by small hills and innumerable coves with the bay of Laki, the largest natural harbour in the eastern Mediterranean, for that reason the Italians created their main naval ship in the Dodecanese in 1932. Other big bays are Alinda, Gourna, Vromolithos, the bay of Partheni and Blefouti and Panteli.
The highest altitude is in Klidi (about 300 m), other mountains in Leros are Skoumbarda and Diapori in the south and Aliki in the east.
Many small islands are scattered around Leros such as Agia Kyriaki and Pianousa opposite Panteli, Archangelos in the north and Glaronisia between Leros and Kalymnos.
Leros like most of the Greek islands is an island of small fertile valleys sandwiched between rolling green hills, deep coves and pretty beaches Leros topography has given rise to many villages. The most capital of Leros is Agia Marina – united with the two other villages. Platanos and Panteli, on the back side of the hill – a collection of little white houses, neoclassical buildings and narrow alleyways It starts at the seaside and gradually climbs up the sides of the hill, whose summit is dominated by the remains of a Byzantine castle of special significance during Byzantine times donated to bishop Christodoulos of Patmos from the Emperor Alexios Komninos, its shape is that given it by the Knights of St John, who arrived in Leros in the 14th century Still standing today are the circuit wall and the church of Our Lady within it .Laki, 3 kilometres south of Agia Marina is the islands port. It is built at the back of a deep, practically enclosed bay, whose mouth is only 500 metres wide This is one of the largest and best natural harbours in the Mediterranean sea.
Alinda, Xirokambos, and Partheni are charming seaside villages, while you’ll find wonderful swimming at the beaches of Agia Marina, Pandeli, Vromolitho, Alinda, Laki, Merikia, and Xirokambos, to name a few. Leros has an Airport at Partheni which connects daily the island with Athens Greece the Capital city of Greece. Leros island has also daily connections by ferry boats and hydrofoils to Piraeus and most of the Greek islands of Dodecanese like Patmos ,Lipsi,Samos,Kos,Rhodes,Symi and Nisyros. There are weekly connection as well with some of the islands of the Cyclades like Syros and Amorgos, from Syros the visitors can visit some of the upmarket islands of the Cyclades like Mykonos, Tinos, Ios, Paros, Naxos or Santorini. As Leros has maintained its genuine traditional character, it is in the position to offer the highest quality of tourist services to every visitor. Modern hotel complexes, apartments for rent and guest houses, which come up to the highest expectations, have all been created with respect to the environment and the history and tradition of Leros. Here, away from the noisy towns and the stressful pace of life and even further away from crowed large tourist areas, the visitor finds the peace and recreation he is looking for.