An Italian naval base for 30 years and once home to a notorious mental asylum, later a penal colony, the island of Leros Greece has been a late arrival on the Greek island holiday scene.
But Leros has been quickly making up for lost ground and the island is now one of the more sought after destinations among the Greek islands, and growing in popularity, with visitor numbers rising each year.
Leros is located among the north Dodecanese group, just off the Turkish coast between Kos and Samos and, although ferry connections are good, the island airport can take only small domestic flights.
Leros has a long coastline with many deeply indented bays. None contain memorable beaches but they do offer that tranquil, picturesque charm that has unfortunately vanished from many Greek island resorts.
Cappuccino may have replaced Greek coffee in the pavement cafes but craft shops and bakeries still prevail over trinket stalls and fast food takeaways in the narrow streets.
For those seeking serene surroundings and prefer to escape the holiday hustle and bustle, Leros has much to offer the holiday visitor.