SPECIALS/EVENTS IN THE AEGEAN SEA
PANTELI CASTLE (LEROS)
The Byzantine-era imposing Panteli Fortress in Agia Marina on Leros is one of the island’s absolute highlights. On its western side is the small Panagia Church, the religious symbol of Leros.
Panteli Castle Leros: The Byzantine-era imposing Panteli Fortress in Agia Marina on Leros is one of the island's absolute highlights. On its western side is the small Panagia Church, the religious symbol of Leros.
The imposing and spectacular Panteli Fortress was built in the Middle Ages in Byzantine times on the Apitiki hill to protect the inhabitants of Leros from pirate attacks. It can be reached either on foot on a hiking trail over approximately 500 steps from the port of Agia Marina or by bike via a serpentine road past the picturesque windmills hill.
The religious symbol of the island, the Panagia church, stands on the west side of the fortress. According to legend, the Panagia icon can do wonders: she came out of the sea, stood between two candles in the black powder chamber of the fortress and was not displaced despite the efforts of the then Agas. The church bell, made of bronze and silver, is the work of Russian master craftsmen. Equally impressive is the icon wall from 1745.
The Panteli Fortress offers a great panoramic view of the whole island and the surrounding Aegean Sea. You will be rewarded for the scenic, but quite exhaustive driveway with a sensational downhill stage to Agia Marina, where you can enjoy a coffee break in the picturesque fishing port after visiting the Kastro.
Open: from Tuesday to Sunday 9 am - 6 pm
Closed: on Monday