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Leros - Lakki and the south and west of the island - Lakki to Katsouni

Lakki to Katsouni
(Southwest, 4km)
The road which climbs over the rise above the ferry landing jetty closely follows the north shore of the bay of Lakki­, passing the attractive cove of Koulouki, and reaches Merikia (1.5km from Lakki­), where the pebble beach, shaded by huge eucalyptus trees, is backed with empty wharfs and naval building dating from the Italian Occupation. The valley of hills, both natural and artificial, inland from here is perforated everywhere with war time tunnels, galleries and ammunition deposits: one of these now houses a small War Museum (generally open daily in summer only 10.30–1; T. 22470 22109 for information), whose entrance is marked by a compound containing a fighter-jet, armoured car and other vehicles. This is a collection of memorabilia relating to the Dodecanese Campaign and the Battle of Leros in 1943. Beyond on the hill to the left, 200m inland, is an interesting Late Mediaeval church: the western end (?narthex) of the original structure, cut down into the rock, has partly collapsed. In the domed crossing, the chapel of Aghios Zachari­as has survived. As so often on Leros, the hanging bell here is a converted war relic. Beyond Merikia, 400m after the asphalt ends, the road rounds a corner and ruined Italian military buildings are seen on the hillside opposite. Below in the valley is the double church of Aghios Spyridon and Aghia Paraskevi­. An ungainly concrete porch of the 1970s hides the fact that this a 14th century building. The north chapel has paintings of different periods on both its north and south walls: on the north wall there is a smaller St George with Dragon at a lower level (14th century) with the superimposed larger figure painted later; on the south wall, the Archangel’s face has been destroyed during the Turkish occupation. The track ends at Katsouni, a small fish-farming community by the entrance to the bay.


Leros Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.


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access

Leros Island, Greece.

By air: Leros has a small airport at the north end of the island (12km from Lakkí), to which Olympic Air operates a daily (morning) summer service. There is also a flight three times weekly to Astypalaia, Kos and Rhodes.
By boat: Two main ports are used on the island: the daily services by catamaran (Dodecanese Express), and four times weekly by car ferry (F/B Nisos Kalymnos) that ply the route between (Rhodes, Kos) Kalymnos and Patmos (Samos) call at Lakki; from the same port there are late-night ferries to and from Piraeus, four times weekly.
The faster Flying Dolphins on the routes linking the Dodecanese Islands, use the port of Aghia Marina on the east coast of the island: these run daily in summer only. There are also local services to Lipsi and Pat mos from Aghia Marina, and from Xerókambos to Myrtiés on Kalymnos. The latter is worth taking simply for the beauty of the scenery along the way.

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eating

Leros Island, Greece.

Some of Leros"s best eating places are mezé tavernas, serving a wide variety of small dishes to be taken together with an ouzo or wine.
The mezedepoleion "Dimitris" has the most imaginative selection: it is signposted from a bend on the main Lakkí Aghia Marina road above the north end of Vromólithos Bay, and is hidden away beside the steps that lead down from the road. It has a terrace with a pleasant view.
To Koulouki, beside the shore at Koulouki Bay, just to the southwest of Lakkí, similarly serves hot and cold mezé on a peaceful terrace. For a shore-side setting of great beauty and for good quality fish,
To Kima, on the eastern side of Xerókambos Bay is a reliable taverna.
Locals, especially on Sundays, like to eat in the bay of Pandéli (south of the castle). There are three fish restaurants here; of these, Patímenos, is the most original and thoughtful in the presentation of its dishes, as well as the least expensive. But the liveliest experience and best value is represented by the small café, which produces a remarkable variety of mezés—situated in the tiny "square" just in from the shore at Pandéli, where the one-way system turns sharply back up to Platanos and Aghia Marina.

Leros Travel Guide

lodging

Leros Island, Greece.

One of the dozen nicest places to stay in all the Greek islands is on Leros, and is to be recommended above all else: the *Hotel Archontiko Angelou (T. 22470 22749 or mobile 6944 908182, www. hotel-angelou-leros.com) in Alínda is a fine 19th century neoclassical mansion set in its own gardens a little way back from the shore. The rooms are comfortable and beautifully appointed without being over-decorated, the breakfast is excellent, and the setting in every way a delight. Price is moderate: a rental car is advisable.
At the southern end of the island, in Xerókambos, the studio-rooms at Villa Maria (T. 22470 27827) are very simple indeed, but are given life by the burgeoning flowers all around: the lodgings are peaceful, inexpensive and pleasant.

Leros Travel Guide

practical info

Leros Island, Greece.

85 400 Leros: area 54sq km
perimeter 82km
resident population 8087
max. altitude 326m.
Port Authorities: Lakkí, T. 22470 22224
Aghia Marina, T. 22470 23256.
Travel and information: Lakki, Aegean Travel, T. 22470 26000, www.aegeantravel.gr
Aghia Marina, Kastis Travel, T. 22470 22140, www. kastis.eu

Leros Travel Guide

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