Car Hire on Leros
Hiring a car on Leros
You can use buses or taxi to
visit various places of interest around Leros but you may want to hire a
car, scooter or bicycle to explore far flung corners of the island at
your leisure. There are plenty of places where you can hire a vehicle -
prices depend on the season, model and duration of the rental contract.
Many firms offer motorbikes and
mopeds for hire but before you commit yourself to this particular mode
of transport check that your travel insurance covers you for motorbike
accidents because many policies don't. And remember that wearing a
helmet is compulsory in
if you're riding anything over 49 cc.
With the freedom of your own set
of wheels you'll be able to visit the huge lake-like bays which indent
the 77-kilometre coastline of Leros and explore the island's many
different beaches, pretty fishing harbours and secluded coves. The
island has a decent enough road network connecting all the main seaside
resorts, villages and historic sites.
From the main
you can follow the road west along the northern edge of vast
(one of the biggest natural harbours in the
). Or drive to
at the southern tip of the island where you can visit the ruined
Paleokastro fortress or take an excursion boat over to the nearby
Drive for three kilometres north
east of Lakki and you'll come to the capital Platanos which is the
island's main shopping centre. It's an interesting place to explore for
an hour or two and you can climb the stepped path from the village to
the Byzantine Castle of Our Lady - worth the effort if only for the
views from the battlements. Take the potholed road up to the castle if
you don't fancy the walk.
The road from Platanos lead one
kilometre north to the bustling
which is one of the best places to eat on the island. Or drive south
down to the picturesque fishing
and the lovely neighbouring beach at Vromolithos.
The road to the
of Platanos winds around
where you'll find the island's busiest beaches and the Allied War Graves
Cemetery on the waterfront at Krithoni. Relatives of those who lost
their loved ones in the 1943 Battle of Leros still make the pilgrimage
to the well-kept cemetery which contains the graves of 179 British, two
Canadian and two South African servicemen.
From Alinda you can drive the
short distance over to the west coast which boasts the longest sandy
beach on Leros in unspoilt but windswept
The road north leads to the twin
bays of Partheni and Blefoutis and the ruins of the
(the goddess of hunting who reputedly made her home on the island).
There's not much to see in terms of an insight into the life of a
goddess but the views are wonderful.
Day Visits Leros
Night Life Leros