Built on the slopes of Apitiki Hill in the shadow of the Castle of Our Lady, the old capital of the island takes visitors on a journey back in time. Its quaint alleyways are lined with traditional houses and neoclassical buildings of the interwar period, with marble balconies and tiled roofs. In the neighbourhood of “Avlaki”, ornate fountains flow with water from the Paliaskloupi spring, while the road up to the castle passes six picturesque windmills.
The shipwrecks of Leros
A remarkable underwater museum awaits diving enthusiasts on the Leros seabed. These are the wrecks of warships and aircraft that were sunk and shot down during World War II, testifying to the strategic importance of the island at that time. The most famous is the British destroyer Queen Olga, sunk in the harbour at Lakki.
Saint Isidore at Kokkali
Built on a rocky islet 50 metres from Kokkali Beach, this pretty white chapel offers one of the island’s most gorgeous sunsets.
This medieval castle stands on top of Apitiki Hill, above the town of Platanos, offering stupendous sea views from its battlements. Visitors can see three courtyards with coats of arms of the Knights of St. John, as well as five churches, including the imposing Our Lady of the Castle (1719).
The small islands around Leros
Don’t miss the opportunity to make a day trip to the nearby islands of Aspronisia, Tiganakia and Marathi. These three destinations have the landscapes and atmosphere of an exotic paradise and take the breath away with their unexpected beauty.
The War Museum
Occupying a restored military tunnel from World War II, this evocative museum takes visitors back to the historic Battle of Leros through rare documents and mementoes. In the area around the tunnel, there is a park with military vehicles, aeroplanes, weaponry and other items.
The Archaeological Museum
Housed in a neoclassical building of 1882 in Agia Marina, this museum contains finds excavated on Leros and dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages.
Designed by the Italians during their occupation of the Dodecanese, the town of Lakki was known as Porto Lagos in the 1930s. It has the wide avenues, large squares and architecture representative of early Italian modernism. Don’t miss the primary school on the seafront, the cinema, the Leros Hotel, the open-air market, and the clock tower.
The Church of Saint Kioura
This historic church looks down over Partheni Bay, and testifies to the presence here of political prisoners exiled to Leros by Greece’s military dictatorship. They included many artists who in 1969 and 1970 painted its walls with unique murals that took a somewhat unorthodox approach to religious art.
The Historical and Folklore Museum
Located in the striking Bellenis Tower (1925-1927), a grand residence in Alinda, the museum tells the fascinating story of the island through collections of objects and works of art.