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BEST OF LEROS ROUTE (LEROS)

Self-Guided / Day Tour / Cross-Country: Explore Leros by bike in one day! All cultural highlights and greatest trail experiences! Get your free GPS track here!

Elevation: 900 M

Kilometres: 38 KM

Trail Percentage: 25 %

CATEGORIES: CLOSE TO THE SEA, CROSS-COUNTRY, SUITABLE for E-MTB

Technical Difficulty

TECHNIK

Landscape

LANDSCHAFT

DESCRIPTION

Best of Leros Route - A Highlight of each biking vacation on Leros. An Unguided cross-country MTB tour to all main attractions of the island with great trail highlights!

A highlight of every bike holiday on Leros: the individual "Best of Leros Route" leads past all the main attractions including the Windmill Hill, the Castro, the War Cemetery, the Chapel of Agios Isodoros and the Tunnel Museum of Merikia.

This bike tour offers fantastic panoramic views from different perspectives as well as awesome trailer experiences such as the downhill from the Kastro down to Agia Marina and the Lighthouse trail embedded in a unique landscape. A coffee break in Agia Marina and lunch break in the fish tavern on the beach of Gourna are highly recommended. MTB holidays in Greece are great fun!

Route description

The starting point of the "Best of Leros Route" is the port of Lakki. Heading towards Agia Marina on the other side of the island, you will ride on narrow streets. A short downhill through white cube houses will lead you to the bay of Panteli. The route then goes upward to windmills hills with great panoramic views and continues to the crusader castle. A long downhill will bring you to the picturesque fishing port of Agia Marina.

After a well-deserved coffee break, you will cycle on the east coast, past the military cemetery, towards Alinta, before going across the island to the west side of the island. There, you will find the Chapel of Agios Isidoros, in the bay of Gourna, where you can swim or have a lunch break on the beautiful beach.

The tour then continues along the coast to Drymonas, from where you will go into the hinterland and climb up to the Patella peninsula. Via a newly built connecting road you will finally reach the highlight of the tour: the in 2017 built Lighthouse trail. Following the coast to Merikia, you will reach the Tunnel Museum and later continue to the port of Lakki. Alternatively, you can once again take a short climb on the olive trail to end the tour.

FOOD & DRINK ON THE ROAD

ISTION WINE BAR RESTAURANT (LEROS)

ACTIVITIES WITHOUT BIKE

SIGHTSEEING

WAR MUSEUM OF MERIKIA (Leros)
PANTELI CASTLE (LEROS)
AGIOS ISIDOROS CHAPEL (LEROS)

No guided bike tours available

BIKE-FRIENDLY HOTELS

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SARAYA RESORT ALINDA (LEROS)

Just 150 meters from the sandy beach of Alinda bay, the bike-friendly SARAYA RESORT is located at the foot of a mountain.

SARAYA RESORT ALINDA (LEROS)

ADDRESS

Saraya Resort, Alinda 854 00

CONTACT

+30 22470 22451

On the island of Leros, just 150 meters from the sandy beach of Alinda bay, the hotel complex Saraya Resort is located at the foot of a mountain. Your accommodation is a matter of choice between fully furnished apartments with bedrooms and a separated sitting, living room area, and studios.

All rooms at Saraya Resort are luxurious, made of classic high-quality materials and class but at the same time they are "warm" and "friendly", with detailed attention in furniture and washroom comforts, specifically designed according to the hotel‘s requirements and of course all of them equipped with modern facilities. Each one of them has: balconies, with most of them offering view towards the sea, air-conditioning, telephone, television, hair dryer and fully equipped with services that fulfil your daily requirements. As a bike-friendly hotel it offers a safe place for storing your bike as well as a place to clean it or repair minor bike issues, providing you with all the necessary tools for it.

The garden at our resort offers our guests a Mediterranean atmosphere for a relaxing day. The large pool and the surrounding area are available for sports activities, swimming or relaxing. The free sun beds and umbrellas in the lawn area are ideal for relaxing times by sunbathing hours while reading a book. All of this makes also the perfect place for those who seek an alternative way of holidays like mountain biking. Cycling around the breathtaking landscapes of Leros island with your bike can only exceed your expectations about mountain biking in Greece.

For a longer stay on Leros, we recommend also day trips by bike to the neighbouring islands of Patmos and Lipsi.

SARAYA RESORT ALINDA (LEROS)

ADDRESS

Saraya Resort, Alinda 854 00

CONTACT

+30 22470 22451

INDIVIDUAL BIKE TOURS

BEST OF LEROS ROUTE (LEROS)
UNITED NATIONS ROUTE (KOS)
BEST OF PATMOS ROUTE (PATMOS)

ACTIVITIES WITHOUT BIKE

WAR MUSEUM OF MERIKIA (Leros)
AGIOS ISIDOROS CHAPEL (LEROS)
PANTELI CASTLE (LEROS)

SIGHTSEEING

WAR MUSEUM OF MERIKIA (Leros)
AGIOS ISIDOROS CHAPEL (LEROS)
PANTELI CASTLE (LEROS)

RESTAURANTS

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ISTION WINE BAR RESTAURANT (LEROS)

ISTION WINE BAR RESTAURANT (LEROS)

ADDRESS

Agia Marina 854 00, Griechenland

CONTACT

+30 22470 24654

Istion Wine Bar Restaurant is located in the northeastern part of Leros in the area of Ag. Marina. Next to the sea, this restaurant is a beautiful modern, minimal space, with innovative design, yet retaining elements of traditional architecture.

The restaurant serves delicious coffee and pastries, waffles, crepes and ice cream, but there is also a great menu with bike-friendly light meals, such as salads, meat and pasta.

It's not only the location that makes this place unique, but also the very friendly staff who welcomes biker like friends.

ISTION WINE BAR RESTAURANT (LEROS)

ADDRESS

Agia Marina 854 00, Griechenland

CONTACT

+30 22470 24654

INDIVIDUAL BIKE TOURS

BEST OF LEROS ROUTE (LEROS)
BEST OF LEROS ROUTE (LEROS)

ACTIVITIES WITHOUT BIKE

WAR MUSEUM OF MERIKIA (Leros)
AGIOS ISIDOROS CHAPEL (LEROS)
PANTELI CASTLE (LEROS)

SIGHTSEEING

WAR MUSEUM OF MERIKIA (Leros)
AGIOS ISIDOROS CHAPEL (LEROS)
PANTELI CASTLE (LEROS)
No services available

SIGHTSEEING

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PANTELI CASTLE (LEROS)

PANTELI CASTLE (LEROS)

ADDRESS

{37.15568554106641,26.859709284716814}

CONTACT

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

PANTELI CASTLE (LEROS)

ADDRESS

{37.15568554106641,26.859709284716814}

CONTACT

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AGIOS ISIDOROS CHAPEL (LEROS)

AGIOS ISIDOROS CHAPEL (LEROS)

ADDRESS

Paralia Agios Isidoros, Leros 854 00, Griechenland

CONTACT

Agios Isidoros Chapel: Located in the Bay of Gourna, the chapel of Saint Isidore on Leros was built on a cliff about 50 meters from the coast into the sea – a spectacular sight. It is connected to the coast by a narrow bridge, making it easily accessible on foot or by bike. Here, you can admire the most beautiful sunsets on the island - a purely romantic landscape.

They are many legends around this beautiful sea-chapel. One of them has it that the miraculous icon of Saint Isidore, now kept in the church, was caught in the net of a one-handed fisherman. From her rescue from the sea, the icon was so glad that she promised to fulfill the fisherman's wish. He wanted to have a second hand, which she made grow promptly. To show his gratitude, he built the beautiful chapel of Saint Isidore in the place he luckily caught the icon.

Today, this place is known as a romantic spot where many couples celebrate their wedding. If you are exploring Leros by bike, a visit of the Chapel of St. Isidore is worth it.

AGIOS ISIDOROS CHAPEL (LEROS)

ADDRESS

Paralia Agios Isidoros, Leros 854 00, Griechenland

CONTACT

INDIVIDUAL BIKE TOURS

BEST OF LEROS ROUTE (LEROS)
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WAR MUSEUM OF MERIKIA (Leros)

WAR MUSEUM OF MERIKIA (Leros)

ADDRESS

37.1269853,26.8399163

CONTACT

+30 22470 22109

War Museum Of Merikia: A visit το the War Museum of Merikia on Leros Island is indeed promising. The authentic wartime tunnel in Merikia was converted with respect and great care into an exhibition space unique in Greece.

This unusual war museum houses a number of artιfacts found all over the island and in the sea, along with others donated by the Greek Army, such as charts, photographs, weapons, uniforms and a number of other items related to the Second World War.

The War Museum of Merikia is an overwhelming space that bring to life an important piece of the wartime history of this solitary island. If you are interested in the islands history during the Second World War, you shouldn't miss to see this extraordinary museum.

Open: Daily from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

WAR MUSEUM OF MERIKIA (Leros)

ADDRESS

37.1269853,26.8399163

CONTACT

+30 22470 22109

INDIVIDUAL BIKE TOURS

BEST OF LEROS ROUTE (LEROS)

Leros in General

Leros Allgemein

Leros γενικά

In general: Leros is an island of verdant green mountain ridges, fresh springs and Mediterranean woods remains much as it was, and has always been, the island of Artemis, Goddess of Hunting. Green plains of oak, eucalyptus and pine stretch down to the sea. This friendly, peaceful landscape along with the island´s climate offer rest and relaxation for body and soul to all who visit it. Leros has been blessed by nature with rich and distinctive scenery. Deep blue, crystal clear waters, clean beaches and the mountains with their lush growth invite the adventurous visitor to explore. The island has much to impress the visitor: an imposing fortress, grand neo-classical mansions, romantic harbors and the main port of Lakki with its unique art-deco style. In late May, the waters have been warmed by the sun to a comfortable temperature and the island begins to awaken from its winter sleep…a glorious time for a stay on this beautiful island… perhaps the best. The comfortable temperatures and calm air from September to mid-October make this period ideal for a relaxed stay.

Bike activities: For bikers of all abilities, the island offers a variety of possibilities with nature trails, but also newly built trails, which can be combined to great varied tours. Highlight of the island are the steps and the trail that leads from the castle to the town of Ag. Marina. Offers a variety of dirt roads, flow and technical trails.

Other outdoor activities: In addition to biking, outdoor fans can also take part in a lot of other activities such as various water sports, hiking, sightseeing, diving or climbing on the nearby neighboring island of Kalymnos.

 

Tourist-Information Leros

Tourist-Information Leros

Τουριστικές πληροφορίες Leros

ADDRESS

ADDRESSE

ΔΙΕΥΘΥΝΣΗ

Leros, 854 00, Greece

CONTACT

KONTAKT

ΕΠΙΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΑ

+30 22420 48222
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By Airplane The island can be reached via Leros airport (LRS).  The island can be reached via domestic flights from Athens with www.aegeanair.com or www.olympicair.com. Taxis and public busses ensure the transfer from the airport to the city of Leros.

By ferry Various ferry companies connect Leros to the continent and to other islands. An overview is available at www.ferries.gr

From/to Athens: Blue Star

From/to Kos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos, Nisyros, Kalymnos, Lipsi, Patmos and Agathonisi: Dodecanisos Seaways

The island of Leros has a public bus network that connects all major island towns.

There are several reliable transfer companies where you can pre-book airport transfers or other trips on the island.

By Airplane The island can be reached via Leros airport (LRS).  The island can be reached via domestic flights from Athens with www.aegeanair.com or www.olympicair.com. Taxis and public busses ensure the transfer from the airport to the city of Leros.

By ferry Various ferry companies connect Leros to the continent and to other islands. An overview is available at www.ferries.gr

From/to Athens: Blue Star

From/to Kos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos, Nisyros, Kalymnos, Lipsi, Patmos and Agathonisi: Dodecanisos Seaways

The island of Leros has a public bus network that connects all major island towns.

There are several reliable transfer companies where you can pre-book airport transfers or other trips on the island.

By Airplane The island can be reached via Leros airport (LRS).  The island can be reached via domestic flights from Athens with www.aegeanair.com or www.olympicair.com. Taxis and public busses ensure the transfer from the airport to the city of Leros.

By ferry Various ferry companies connect Leros to the continent and to other islands. An overview is available at www.ferries.gr

From/to Athens: Blue Star

From/to Kos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos, Nisyros, Kalymnos, Lipsi, Patmos and Agathonisi: Dodecanisos Seaways

The island of Leros has a public bus network that connects all major island towns.

There are several reliable transfer companies where you can pre-book airport transfers or other trips on the island.

By Airplane The island can be reached via Leros airport (LRS).  The island can be reached via domestic flights from Athens with www.aegeanair.com or www.olympicair.com. Taxis and public busses ensure the transfer from the airport to the city of Leros.

By ferry Various ferry companies connect Leros to the continent and to other islands. An overview is available at www.ferries.gr

From/to Athens: Blue Star

From/to Kos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos, Nisyros, Kalymnos, Lipsi, Patmos and Agathonisi: Dodecanisos Seaways

The island of Leros has a public bus network that connects all major island towns.

There are several reliable transfer companies where you can pre-book airport transfers or other trips on the island.

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