Leros in the Dodecanese is a good-sized island with a population of over 8,000. It's one of those places that's become a popular holiday destination for Greeks but is less well-known to overseas travellers, even though it's an attractive island and has its own airport. It also has some good beaches, an impressive castle, a few museums, good dining and hotel options, and several towns and villages worth exploring.
A Leros Cat Waits for a Fishing Boat!
Getting to Leros
Flights to Leros
Leros has its own airport and there are several flights per week from Athens (one hour), and a few a week from Rhodes, Kos, and Astypalaia.
Ferries to Leros
There's a daily ferry from Piraeus to Leros, the journey taking about eight hours. There's also a daily ferry from Kos, with a journey time of just over three hours on the slow ferry or less than an hour on the fast connection. Other islands with several ferry connections per week in summer include Kalymnos, Patmos and Lipsi, all less than an hour away.
Ferries in Greece
Ferries in Greece has an excellent and very thorough website where, in addition to checking ferry schedules and times, you can also book tickets and get lots of useful information about travelling by ferry in Greece.
What to Do on Leros
Platanos is the island capital, and adjoins the port of Agia Marina. Here there's an Archaeological Museum, and also the remains of a magnificent medieval castle. Pandeli Castle is an impressive place with fantastic views all around. Inside the imposing walls is a beautiful church.
Not far from Platanos but on the other side of the island is the town of Lakki, where there are more hotels and restaurants, and a War Museum. North of Agia Marina is Alinda, which has a lovely beach and also a Historic and Folklore Museum.
Where to Stay on Leros
Other Dodecanese pages
Travel information on Kasos in the Dodecanese group of Greek islands, including flight and ferry information from Greece Travel Secrets.
Symi (or Simi) is a small island in the Dodecanese near Rhodes with regular ferry connections, hotels, rooms to rent, beaches, tavernas.
Travel and vacation information about the Dodecanese islands of Rhodes, Symi, Kos, Patmos, Halki, Tilos, Karpathos, Leros, Lipsi, Astipalea.
Wild Abandon by Jennifer Barclay and published by Bradt Guides is A Journey to Deserted Places of the Dodecanese islands in Greece, including Rhodes and Kos.
Tilos is a small island in the Dodecanese between Rhodes and Kos with regular ferry connections, hotels, rooms to rent, beaches, tavernas and ancient remains.
Patmos in the Dodecanese islands is famous for the monasteries of St John and the Apocalypse and on this page you can also read about flights and ferries
Greece Travel Secrets helps celebrate a feast day on Astipalia in the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven.
Nisyros is a unique volcanic island in the Dodecanese and easily reached on day trips from Kos Town and Kardamena.
Mermaid Singing by Charmian Clift is a fine example of 1950s travel writing about the Greek island of Kalymnos in the Dodecanese.
Travel information on Lipsi in the Dodecanese group of Greek islands, including flight and ferry information from Greece Travel Secrets.
Kos in the Dodecanese islands of Greece has good beaches and night-life, and archaeological remains.
Travel information on Kastellorizo in the Dodecanese group of Greek islands, including flight and ferry information from Greece Travel Secrets.
Karpathos in the Dodecanese islands of Greece is noted for its traditions, its music, and mountain villages like Olympos.
Kalymnos in Greece in the Dodecanese islands is most famous for its history of sponge fishing, and see here information about flights and ferries.
Travel information on Halki in the Dodecanese group of Greek islands, including flight and ferry information from Greece Travel Secrets.
Astypalaia in the Dodecanese islands of Greece is a largely unspoilt island with good beaches.
Arki is a small island in the Dodecanese close to Lipsi, with beaches and tavernas with rooms to rent and ferry connections with Patmos, Samos and Marathi.
Agathonisi is a small island in the Dodecanese with quiet beaches, a few hotels, pensions and rooms to rent.
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