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First glance

In the ancient Greek language, “Leros” means mild, gentle. In fact, it seems that this description about this island is still true, as it has a gentle development of tourism, smooth rocks, fertile valleys and enclosed coves. The shape of the island reminds us of an ideogram. Moreover, on this island you can find a medieval castle in Agia Marina, early Italian modernism in Lakki, gold beaches, Byzantine chapels, watermills, mansions, as well as shipwrecks. Nevertheless, Leros has inadvertently been stigmatized for many decades. This has been happening since 1985, when the psychotherapy centre started working and additionally, since 1987, when the island was used by the Greek military junta as an internal exile for any political opponents. This “stigmatization” has though vanished shortly before the end of the 20th century. However, it turned out that it has protected the island from the massive influx of tourists, fully confirming the old saying “every cloud has a silver lining”. 


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