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Situated between Patmos and Kalimnos, Leros is an island of small fertile íalleys sandwiched between rolling green hills, deep coves and pretty beaches.

Leros' topography has given rise to many villages. The most important is the capital, Agia Marina - united with two other villages, Platanos and Pandeli, 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 sombre remains of a Âyzantine castle. Of special significance duéing Byzantine times, its shape is that given it by the Knights of St. John, who arrived in Leros in the l4th century. Still standing today are the circuit wall and the church of Our Lady within it.

Laki, 3 kilometres south of Agia Ìarina, is the island's port. It is built at the back of a deep, practically enclosed bay, whose mouth is ïnly 500 metres wide. This is one of the largest and best natural harbours in the Mediterranean.

Alinda, Xirokambos, and Partheni are charming seaside villages, while you'll fénd wonderful swimming at the beaches of Agia Marina, Pandeli, Vromolitho, Alinda, Laki, Merikia, and Xirokambos, to name a few.

HOW ÔÏ GET THERE
By plane from Athens
By ferry from Piraeus
For information about flights call Olympic Airways, Athens, tel.: 010/9666666; for information on ship routes call Piraeus Harbourmaster, tel.: 010/4226000

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Area code 02470
Olympic Airways 22.844, 24.144
Airport 22.777
Harbourmaster 23.256
Police 22.222
Municipality 22.255, 22.937
Taxi 23.070
First Aid 23.251

 

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