Leros

Leros: Why go

Off the international tourist trail, its sleepy bays sought out by Greek yachtsmen and discerning travellers, Leros is a lovely unspoilt island, alive 365 days a year with a permanent population of 8,000. Leros has long been the butt of jokes in Greece, partly because of its name (lera means 'rogue' in Greek), partly because of its mental health associations (the hospital itself is unintrusive). But those who like a little gentle exploring will love it here, and getting about is fairly easy. Most people hire mopeds, great fun, but the local buses are very good. The best way to explore Leros is to follow your nose - and there aren’t enough roads to get lost!

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