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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.

The War Memorial in Lakki, Leros, commemorates the attack of German bombers on the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga (Queen Olga), during the Second World War.

War Memorial

The ship was sunk in the Gulf of Lakki on September 26th, 1943, killing its commander, 6 officers, 65 sailors and other members of the crew. The monument is located at the waterfront of Lakki, against a backdrop of buildings belonging to the period of the Italian occupation of Leros. It is a moving reminder of the battle of Leros in 1943 against the German and the Italian conquerors.

Every year, a three-day memorial service and a naval festival with a memorial parade, beginning on the 26th of September, are held in memory of the sinking of HMS Queen Olga. Navy guards, musicians, locals, and school children take part in the festivities. Close to the war monument, there is another memorial dedicated to the British warship HMS Intrepid that was sunk on the day following the sinking of HMS Queen Olga.