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Links to useful information

Websites specifically about Leros

This is the website for the municipality of Leros. The site has recently been updated and is now available in English, Italian, Russian and Chinese as well as Greek. There are some nice photographs.

www.leros.org has plenty of photos as well as information about the culture of Leros – particularly the traditional songs and dances of the island. There are some good pages on the history of the island, including some incredible clips from German newsreels of 1943.

The Italian Friendship Association of Leros aims to promote Italian-Hellenic cultural exchange. They hold film festivals and have regular exhibitions as well as promoting Greek language lessons and Greek dancing.

Alinda, Leros

A welcoming taverna on the beach in Alinda

Other sites with information about Leros

Hans Huisman has compiled this fantastic website about the Greek islands and rates Leros among his favourites. In particular, he rates the people of Leros 10 out of 10 for friendliness. If you venture into these pages, you could be lost (in the nicest possible way) for hours.

Go to this site for some wonderful 360-degree panoramas of places on Leros. There are fantastic views from the castle as well as panoramas of the beaches of Vromolithos, Gourna, Alinda, Xerokampos, views of Lakki, and of Agia Marina and Pandeli at night and so on. There are also interiors of some interesting churches and a special section showing the annual commemoration of the sinking of the Greek destroyer Queen Olga.

Church in Drymonas, Leros

The view across Gourna bay from Agios Giorgios, Drymonas

Travelling in Greece

The official site of the Greek National Tourism Organisation is very useful. Here, you can download maps of Athens and brochures on Greek gastronomy, sailing in Greece, culture and so on. I particularly liked the Pilgrims' map which features Leros's very own Panagia Kavouradena – the church of Our Lady of the Crabs in Xerokampos.

They also started a You Tube channel in 2020: Greece from Home. As well as 'traveling' around Greece, you can watch videos about Greek cooking, learn about Greek mythology, music and more…

Matt Barrett's website is a comprehensive guide to travelling around Greece. It has all sorts of useful information – places to go, the weather, food, culture. You'll find plenty here to whet your appetite. He even has separate sites for Athens and Greek food.

Pandeli harbour, Leros

Looking down to Pandeli harbour from Spilia

Online newspapers and videos

There is an English-language version of the Greek daily newspaper, Kathimerini.

Keep Talking Greece has up-to-date news about Greece (in English).

There are now many videos about Leros on You Tube – easy to find if you type 'Leros' into the search bar – but here are a couple you may not have seen:

Here's a boat trip from Kos to Patmos via Kalymnos, Leros and Lipsi:

And here's a wonderful video about Lerian music and dance (taken from a Greek TV series called Salt of the Earth):