Leros, known as The Island of the Goddess of the Hunt, or the island of Artemis, is often considered one of the most appealing destinations in the Dodecanese archipelago. This island is located nearby several other attractive destinations, such as, for example, Lipsi, Agia Kyriaki, Marathi Island, Patmos, Farmakos, and Athens, which as at about eleven hours by ferry.
One of the first historical events known about Leros dates from around the year 1195 BC, when this island participated in the Trojan War leaded by the grandchildren of Hercules. As a result of this war, Leros became controlled by the Spartans, being later rules by Alexander the Great along with most of the other islands of the Dodecanese. Some coins related to Alexander the Great and which were discovered in the island demonstrate this fact as well as that he probably actually spent some time in this destination as well.
Throughout its entire and long history, Leros went through a large number of relevant events, many of which left an important impact in it, its traditions and constructions. This island has been controlled by many different rules and gone through several wars. During the year 1948, and along with the other islands of the Dodecanese, Leros became again part of Greece, after approximately 400 years of different rulers.
This destination offers beautiful landscapes and, due to the wide offer of attractions it has, is perfect for all those tourists who wish to have a tranquil vacation as well as to those who would like to enjoy exciting activities. While being in this island, visitors can meet beautiful beaches and amazing sea landscapes, as well as they can have fun at several nightclubs, bars and pubs, or enjoy a traditional dish at a local restaurant in front of the sea.
Tourists who enjoy cultural activities should make sure of visiting the Leros War Museum. The Leros War Museum, located in the town of Lakki, is situated in an old tunnel that was created during World War II by the Italians, and exhibits a variety of war objects, such as helmets, uniforms, and photos related to the role the island had in it.