Located in the southern Aegean Sea, Leros boasts a fascinating history. The island was an Italian base and once home to a famous mental asylum, which later became a penal colony. Today Leros is one of Greece’s most sophisticated holiday destinations, with friendly and relaxed resorts offering picturesque seclusion. Neoclassical mansions and whitewashed houses line the beautiful landscape, which is complemented by the pleasant fragrance of tamarisk and eucalyptus trees.
Reasons to Visit
Holidays to Leros offer a tranquil break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with unspoilt villages and beaches retaining their traditional Greek charm. Warm water temperatures help colourful marine life to thrive in the turquoise sea surrounding Leros, making snorkelling a popular pastime on the island. The vibrant resort of Alinda offers a range of water sports to test your nerve, while the sleepy village of Krithoni provides a quieter sunbathing experience. Package Leros holidays are also fantastic for enjoying freshly-caught fish and seafood, with fishing remaining an integral part of life on the island. Choose from Lerian specialities such as mizithra cheese and pastous kolious, or indulge your sweet tooth with a sip of the delicious almond drink, soumada.
Things to See and Do
Cheap holidays to Leros are ideal for anyone looking to explore fascinating cultural attractions in beautiful surroundings. Leros was an important strategic point during World War II and suffered heavy bombing from both the Germans and the Allies, leaving a number of wartime relics dotted across the scenic countryside. Why not spend an afternoon at Lakki’s war museum to learn more about the island’s fascinating history. Leros holidays are also a great choice for keen walkers, with a maze of trails running along the rugged coastline and leading into the lush interior. Spectacular sunset views can be found at both the Byzantine castle above the tiny settlement of Pandeli, or the pretty church of Agios Isidoros in Alinda.
The beach resort of Alinda is a great choice for a family package holiday to Leros. Sand and shingle provides a soft blanket for a day of sun worshipping, whilst children can paddle safely in warm and shallow waters. Refreshing coastal breezes make windsurfing a popular activity for older children and adults at this resort.
Leros enjoys a long summer season from June to September, when the island basks in glorious sunshine and balmy temperatures. Cheap Leros holidays during the cooler spring months are ideal for visitors looking to explore the island’s cultural attractions and fertile scenery.
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|Krithoni Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|