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Leros Gulet Charter Guide

According to Greek mythology, Leros was considered as the island of Artemis, the goddess of forests and hunting. It is an ideal place for quiet holidays. The houses, built in the Italian architectural style, catch the eye. Take your pick among the beaches of crystal-clear waters and visit the towering castle of Panagia on Apityki hill. Coves protected from the elements, hills, large expanses of pine trees and olive groves, and low plains with freshwater streams complete the picture. The history of Leros begins in Neolithic times. In antiquity, the island was an Ionian settlement. In early Christian times (5th-7th c.) settlements began to spread along the coastline.

The island was occupied by the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John from 1309 to 1522, when it was conquered by the Turks. In 1912, the island came under the Italian rule. The Italians took full advantage of the island’s strategic position and natural harbour. Leros was typically integrated in Greece in 1948. During the Civil War and in the years of dictatorship (1967–1974), Leros used to be a place of exile. There are ferries to Piraeus, to the islands of the North and East Aegean, and to a number of other Dodecanese Islands. There are also flights to Leros from the Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport. Area: 54 sq. Km; coastline: 71 km; population: 8,500.

Agia Marina
Agia Marina, the capital town of Leros, is built on Agia Marina bay. This used to be the island’s port area prior to the present harbour location (Lakki). It comprises the areas of Agia Marina, Platanos (Leros’ oldest quarter) and Panteli (with a small beach). The above areas feature graceful old mansions with stone or wooden balconies, whitewashed yard walls and narrow, picturesque alleys. Brouzi, the old Roman fort, lies at the side of the town where there are remarkable pieces of mosaic art, arch-shaped constructions, and the ruins of an aqueduct which ran as a shipyard until 1988. On the other side of the town there is a historic windmill which appears to be rising weightless out of the waters. Agia Marina attracts most of the island’s visitors since there are many bars, cafeterias, tavernas and traditional coffeshops there.

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