Those who wander are not lost. J.R.R.Tolkien
Leros is ideally suited for those wishing to explore and looking to combine a holiday with their favorite exercise, walking. The island offers both short and long routes around its various villages and bays.
There are delightful, unspoilt examples of archetypal Greek island settlements (Agia Marina - Platanos- Agia Paraskevi-Christ) with their narrow, cobbled streets, unique aromas and stunning images. You will be taken back in time. The Castle stands majestically, gazing around the island and the vastness of the Aegean, guarding inside its walls the Church of the Virgin Mary.
The masterpiece of architecture, the town of Lakki, designed on paper from scratch and built by the Italians during the early modern movement of Italian rationalism, constitutes a particular sample with great architectural and historical value. The cyclic market with its clock, the Hotel and Cinema complex, the Primary School, and the Poseidonio are just some examples together with many private houses.
For lovers of natural beauty there are many hillside paths, overlooking the sea, leading to various monuments and historical sites scattered amongst the fertile land of the island, some from antiquity but many from the newer, dark days of the Second World War (outposts, gun emplacements, caves and tunnels.) Easily reached are the island’s war museums, both municipal and private (the Tunnel Museum, and the Paraponiari Museum in Agia Irini).
Favourite destinations are the island’s churches and chapels, offering some splendid architecture and rewarding not just for seasoned walkers but also for those seeking tranquility and seclusion, with just the blue sea and sky as background. Nice examples are: The Castle of Virgin Mary, St. Isidore (Kokali area), Panagia Kavouradena (Xirokampos), St. Eustatius (Katsouni), Saint Barbara (Agia Marina), the Prophet Elias (Alinda), St. Kioura (Partheni), St Virgin Mary of Gourlomata (Drymonas), St. George (Drymona ), the Monastery of the Angels (St. Petros), St. Nicholas of Meraloudi (near the Windmills).
The spring months up to June and the autumn period September/October provide ideal weather conditions for these activities in nature, with beautiful sunshine and comfortable temperatures.
Leros has a Mediterranean flora and a wild, shrubby vegetation. Apart from agricultural crops apparent everywhere, there are roads lined with eucalyptus, small pine forests and rocky hills. You will find wild herbs like oregano, chamomile, sage, rosemary, savory, thyme, pennyroyal, lavender. Flowers such aspyramidal orchid, balms, cyclamen and the famous tropical fruit, guava, brought from Egypt, which in Greece thrives only on Leros. The aromas and colours of nature, especially in the spring, make a priceless panel of incomparable beauty.
Our office can provide visitors, groups or individual walkers, with information material and leaflets listing many interesting routes and a suitably marked island map. There is also the possibility to provide an experienced escort to guide you along the numerous tracks and trails of Leros.
“Walk with us and explore the intricacies of Leros!”