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Sightseeing in Leros Island - what to see. Complete travel guide

The legendary island of Artemis continues to cherish its natural charm and attract travelers from distant lands. Many tourists visit Leros to admire its inherent welcoming and relaxed atmosphere; locals are very friendly and happy to introduce features of their way of life to foreigners. The first settlements appeared on the island back in the prehistoric era, so its history and attractions are unique. There is a variety of interesting museums, as well as archeological areas and historical monuments of different eras.
The Greeks are quite straightforward and sincere in communication. They are emotional, they can touch the interlocutor during a conversation, raise their voice, suddenly start humming … Open
The most visited cultural center of Leros is the Archaeological Museum located in Agia Marina. It can boast hundreds of priceless finds of archaeologists, and museum collection is regularly updated. There are several major archaeological areas nearby, where you can admire ruins of ancient temples and residential buildings, stroll through the streets of prehistoric towns and observe the work of scientists. In addition to the island's capital, Platanos and Pandeli suburbs with their important ancient monuments would be interesting to explore.
As for cultural institutions, it’s certainly worth noting the Ecclesiastical Museum situated in the Castle of Pandeli. This construction is of great historical value, and exhibits are truly unique. There are ancient religious books, religious artifacts and other items associated with religious cults in one way or another. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In the city of Lakkion, which was built by the Italians shortly before the outbreak of World War II, you can see several interesting objects. For example, the church of St. Nicholas, built … Open
Travelers who expect to visit Alinda should definitely look into the Bellenis Museum. It tells the visitors about the culture and traditions of the indigenous population of the island; the museum represents a rich collection of ethnographic and historical exhibits. In Platanos you can visit the mansion of Antonellos with fully preserved decor of yesteryear. The beautiful mansion was turned into a museum, each of its interior items is a priceless cultural artifact.
To the east of Platanos there is the ancient Castle of Leros, a massive and beautiful fortification that protected the island from invaders. Among local religious sites the Church of Christ the Savior is noteworthy. That’s a gorgeous architectural monument built to meet the most vibrant national traditions.
Leros, despite its very small size, will give you quite a lot of opportunities for active pastime. There are usually not too many tourists here, and therefore you can quite comfortably do … Open
One of the oldest religious buildings on the island is the Church of St. John the Divine. The first temple in its place has been founded more than a thousand years ago. Today visitors can admire beautiful mosaics of the 11th century. There are truly mysterious attractions on the island, including the Castle Palokastro. That’s the oldest fortification of Leros; the history of the castle still remains a great mystery to scientists. The fact is that huge stones weighting about 500 kilograms were used for construction. Given the fact that the castle is located in a difficult mountainous terrain, this fact is even more surprising.
There are several old monasteries on the island, which are also available to visit. Fans of natural attractions would enjoy a huge selection of pleasant places for walking. Leros is an ideal holiday destination for those fond of active tourism.
Despite its modest size, the island of Leros has a huge selection of attractive resort villages featuring great beaches. The most picturesque is the coast of the capital, the town of Agia … Open
Despite active development as a popular tourist destination, Leros has managed to keep its calm and peaceful atmosphere. The island is still an ideal vacation destination for everyone who likes idyllic and non-crowded places. There will be no problem finding a deserted and wild beach or a charming place for an unhurried walk. Lakki is the most popular and loud tourist destination on the island. There are also several popular beaches in the town’s suburbs.
Old Platanos house Fans of scuba diving will find it interesting to make a visit to Dodecanese – coastal waters near the village are rich in exotic marine creatures. Beginner divers who only start mastering scuba diving will be able to see colorful fish and many other marine creatures. Experienced divers will also be not disappointed as there are sites for deep diving in the area. Sunken warships are the main landmarks of these diving sites. Fans of event tourism are recommended to visit the island on Easter - this holiday remains one of the most important ones for local people. Local people traditionally cook many interesting and delicious local delicacies, including roasted lamb.
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Survived castles around Leros Island
♥   Castle 'Leros Castle' Leros, 2.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kalymnos Castle' Kalymnos, 25 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Monastery of Saint John the Theologian' Patmos, 31.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Anthimachia Castle' Kos, 46.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Nerantzia Castle' Kos, 48.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Leros Island from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

From the series “Seven Wonders of the World”
When the king Mausolus died, the tomb has not been completed yet. Construction of the mausoleum was finished only in 350 BC. A grand building lasted nearly 2 000 years. During that time, the structure has experienced many important historical events, including numerous attacks by pirates and the conquest. The mausoleum was fully destroyed in the 15th century. Maltese took marble slabs and used them for the construction of the fortress, which bore the name of St. Peter. In 1966, fragments of bas-reliefs and statues of the once majestic tomb were found during archaeological investigations. As so, scientists managed to restore its image as closely as possible. … Read further
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