Leros is a small and pretty island and as it has gone all but unnoticed by mass tourism, it has been able to preserve much of its traditional way of life. There is little on the island to hint at its colourful past, but Leros has been inhabited since Neolithic times and has seen its fair share of historical “action”. It was of strategic importance during World War II as it had large, well-sheltered bays that served as naval bases: imagine that! Of course there are no signs that Leros was inhabited by battle ships today, as all you will find here are tourists, enjoying the sun, or lounging beneath the shady awnings of their yachts.

Lakki is the main harbour on Leros and the gateway for further exploration of the island, beginning with Platanos, where visitors flock to enjoy the bars and nightlife huddled alongside the ruins of a massive 15th century fortress which crowns one of two hills, straddled by neo-classical houses.

We recommend you take your evening meal -- with or without Ouzo to accompany the "mezze" or "mezedes" -- in one of the local tavernas. Afterwards, in order to walk off the extra calories, take a stroll around Platanos because even this minute sampling of life on Leros, will guarantee you some very happy memories..


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