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Agia Marina Leros

The port of Agia Marina is one of two large harbours on Leros (the other is at Lakki) and the main tourist centre and the port of call for most ferries and excursion boats.Cafes line the quayside which eventually leads to a narrow shingle beach, a thin and scruffy strip sharp sand littered with debris and backed by a bare concrete wall.

There is compensation in the sweeping views across the bay and a picturesque windmill perched on a causeway at the northern end.The warren of whitewashed back streets is marred by the stream of traffic that squeezes through alleyways and makes crossing the roads a head spinning pain.

Cafes have turned upmarket in recent years, with soft cushioned settees and internet access a much flaunted addition to cappuccino and ciabatta on the menus.The cafes have the charm of brightly painted boats bobbing at the quayside and fishing nets sprawled to dry at your feet.

The whitewashed homes of Agia Marina sprawl up the hillside to merge with Platanos, while the impressive Byzantine castle stand aloof on the treeless skyline of Apityki, visible from virtually everywhere on Leros.

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