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    An Enchanting Visit To Leros, Greece

    An Enchanting Visit To Leros, Greece

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    The small, idyllic island of Leros might not get a lot of press, but that’s all the more reason it should be at the top of your travel itinerary.

    Leros Greece

    Located in the Dodecanese island chain, Leros is overflowing with rich history and culture. Between the Virgin of Panteli Castle perched high up on a cliff to the romantic cobblestone lanes and boisterous, local taverns, Leros boasts an authenticity far removed from the other Greek islands that receive millions of tourists each year.

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    What’s more, with countless opportunities for delicious seaside dining, fantastic bays and beaches to explore, and Leros’ interesting WWII history, there’s no shortage of things to keep you as busy (or relaxed) as your heart desires.

    Leros Greece

    Leros was under the control of the Turks and later the Italians before finally becoming a part of Greece in 1948. For years after this time, Leros served primarily as a destination for exiles. All of these factors have contributed to the unique atmosphere and history you’ll find here today.

    For the ultimate visit to Leros, we recommend a stay at Hotel Archontiko Angelou. Tucked away in a quiet garden, this historic Bed and Breakfast is as enchanting as can be. You’ll want to allow plenty of time to linger over breakfast on the terrace with fellow guests or escape into a quiet nook to finally read that book you’ve been lugging around. At Hotel Archontiko Angelou, you can’t help but want to slow down and appreciate the natural beauty surrounding you.

    Archontiko Angelou Hotel Leros Greece

    One of the best parts about Hotel Archontiko Angelou is its rich history, entirely fitting for a picture-perfect Leros experience.

    This long-time hotel has been in the same family since 1895 though it started out as a family home. Aikaterini Cambouropoulos built the grand residence for his daughter, Marika. Marika went on to marry Stavros Angelous, and together with their six children, the Egyptian family used the home for their summer vacations. The house has stayed in the family, and in the mid-1970s, the youngest son, Lolos, decided to convert the summer home into an intimate hotel. The current owner, Marianna (Lolos’ daughter), ensures everyone who visits feels like they are returning home, too.

    Archontiko Angelou Hotel Leros Greece

    Though the appearance of the home has changed slightly over the decades, the structure still echoes with a fairy-tale like history. The rooms are comfortable with modern amenities while retaining a feel of an era now long gone. Don’t expect air conditioning or ultra-luxe amenities, but that’s all part of what makes Archontiko Angelou such a special place.

    Archontiko Angelou Hotel Leros Greece

    Just a short walk away from the hotel is the lovely Alinda Bay. Here you’ll find many charming cafes and tavernas on the beach, ideal for enjoying a glass of Greek wine in the late afternoon. The Castle of Panagia stands upon the hill in full view of the crystal clear water of the bay, adding a unique touch to the already idyllic setting. While Alinda Bay is the closest, Leros is a small island, making it easy to explore with just a scooter or rental car. We recommend leaving plenty of time to get lost and find your own hidden gems.

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    During your stay at Archontiko Angelou, don’t miss a visit to nearby Psaropoula. One of the oldest restaurants in Leros, here you’ll also have one of the loveliest views on the island. We opted to enjoy a few drinks on the terrace, but if you prefer a waterfront table and dinner, be sure to make a reservation in advance.

    If you’re looking for a Greek island that is overflowing with character — but not crowded with tourists — then look no further than a visit to Leros. You won’t be disappointed. 

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