Steeped in history and mythology, Leros is an island that many visitors fall in love with but few people actually know about. Apart from its great beaches and cozy hotels, the island does offer some good hikes, interesting museums and a handful of attractions, along with small villages and towns that are both dreamy and friendly. You can also go scuba diving with a chance to discover some old shipwrecks, while inland you’re in for a treat in terms of gastronomy and souvenir shopping.
If you’re into museums, the Deposito Di Guerra military museum lends intriguing insights in the island’s recent past from the World War II era. Another war museum in Lakki, situated in a tunnel built by the Italians during WWII is also a great visit for history buffs. The Historical and Folklore Museum near Alinda is yet another attraction with connections to WWII, complete with old maps and instruments from the era. The Archeological Museum in the town of Agia Marina takes you back much further down in history, with objects and finds from the prehistoric, geometric and classical eras.
Remains of a formidable medieval castle, built over an Ancient Greek temple, lie on the hill above Pandeli. The castle considered a key landmark of Leros, although there are remains of an even older castle, that of Paleokastro, in the area of Xirokambos. Do visit the Church of Agios Isidoros (recommended for sunset visit), lying on a little island that’s connected to the big island with a walkway. The Church of Panagia Kavouradena built on a cliffside also offers great views and photo opportunities.
Naturally, there are many beaches that surround the island, such as the family friendly Alinda beach, Agia Marina beach, Ksirokambos beach and Tonnys beach. For the more adventurous, head to the more secluded beaches of Blefoutis, Merikia and Dioliskaria, but do take an umbrella and suncream with you. Leros is unknown, friendly, surprising and magical in its own way. You might even make it your personal favorite!