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Leros Island Sightseeing

Leros Island Sightseeing

The island of Leros is known for its relaxing atmosphere and the family beaches. Most sightseeing on this small island of Dodecanese is restricted to nice villages, beaches and some interesting places to visit. The most characteristic spots of Leros are the traditional windmill in Agia Marina and the Medieval Castle on top of the hill above Pandeli village. Do not also miss the War Museum in Lakki, housed in a true World War II tunnel and the seaside village of Alinda, with the organized beach and the night bars. From the ports of Lakki and Agia Marina depart excursion boats to close islands, such as Leros and Lipsi.

Xirokambos is an old seaside village. There lies the oldest castle in the history of Leros, the famous castle of Lepida (Paleokastro) found above the settlement.

Lepida Castle (Paleocastro)

Paleokastro or Kastro ton Lepidon is located at the far end of the village, on top of a hill, 70 meters above the sea. Older than the Kastro tis Panagias in Agia Marina, Paleokastro was built on the ruins of an ancient acropolis, dating from 2,500 B.C. Within its walls is the church of Panagia, that dates back to the 4th Century AD. Today one can see its forecourt and a half-destroyed mosaic. According to archeologists, the walls to the north-east are Cyclopean. The reason given is that the stones are square and each one weighs about 500 kilos.