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The Island of LEROS
We live on the island of Leros and find that this is the
most genuine and pleasant of islands; everyone
"loves" their particular island for many reasons, here
are a few aspects of Leros that make it a special place
37o 07,76" N. 26o 51,40" E
Ayia Marina, a small coastal settlement and one of the two harbors in the island, has expanded with time and joined up with Platanos, the oldest settlement and the capital of the island.It is the administrative and commercial center and has the most tourist activity.
From afar it looks like a small city spread out in an amphitheatrical shape between two mountain slopes with white houses which stretch from the waterfront all the way to the foot of Kastro. (Fortress)
Many traditional two-story houses have been preserved in Platanos
and among them are numerous mansions so densely built that they
create narrow, picturesque lanes which lure the visitor down them.
To savour the nostalgic atmosphere of the old town, Avlaki with its
fountainswith the pure water from the Paliaskloupi spring, or to visit
the old windmill.
Town-Hall is housed in two neoclassical buildings and next to it is an
authentic traditional coffeehouse, the "Lerian Club" one of the few that
have survived today.Platanos and Ayia Marina, now indissolubly
connected communities have the largest market on the island. It is a
beautiful, small and hospitable town which has a lot to offer you, from
its modern stores, where you can buy anything yourheart desires, to
he beguiling view from the fabulous Panayia Kastro. Built on top of
Apityki hill, it stands commandingly above Ayia Marina, controlling
the entire region with a panoramic view over the boundless blue
Aegean Sea from Patmos to Kalymnos and beyond to the shores of
Asia Minor. If you enjoy aromantic hike, you can reach it by ascending
through the neighborhoods of Platanos going toward Ayia Paraskevi
and from there you take the path with its approximately 500 stairs.
For those in a hurry there is a comfortable automobile road. The
Byzantine castle which was founded on the ruins of the ancient
acropolis of Leros in the 7th century A .D. and completed during the
time of Knights of St. John and the Venetians, is well- maintained.
In its time it was impregnable with three ramparts and offered a sure
refuge to the inhabitants during periods of hostile incursions.small
coastal settlement and one of the two harbors in the island, has
expanded with time and joined up with Platanos, the oldest settlement
and the capital of the island.