From antiquity to the present-day, Lerians have received a vast range of influences
from both strangers and intimates who have passed through the island. Always present at
critical historical events, they have consistently managed to isolate the positive and to maintain a pure tradition.
Christianity found fertile ground there and developed from its earliest period. Later
Hosios Christodoulos inspired the inhabitants with deep Christian feeling.
House-proud people, warm, open-hearted and hospitable, Lerians have always loved their
land and whatever has linked them to it. As islanders most of them have always been able
sailors and fisherman. Few are farmers as the island is also small and there is little
But among them there were worthy artisans and master craftsmen who built the sailing
craft as well as the houses. That is why today there are dozens of traditional settlements
scattered around the island. They have low-ceilinged little houses, with many small beams,
small windows, dazzling white walls and blue door and window frames which during the past
made a strange impression on the conquerors of that time, something like the Greek flag.
Bearing witness to a temperament that does not take easily to being burdened with a yoke.
A temperament that does not forget. A people with an unsubdued spirit.
Present-day Lerians love and cultivate their traditions and things of the mind and
spirit. The Folk and Historical Museum of The Press and Printing of Leros, with its rare
exhibits, is today housed in the renovated Belenis tower. In the Archaeological Museum are
displayed noteworthy finds that include inscriptions, funerary steles, coins, mosaics and
The cultural and artistic events that are organized every summer (July 15-August 30) by
the Municipality, in close cooperation with local societies, include good concerts and
theatrical performances, sea sport competitions, painting exhibitions and lectures.
Leros is a hospitable place ready to welcome new people, and learn new ways while
remaining true and human. Modern Lerians, without betraying their customs and their
traditions, have managed to combine them with the positive features of contemporary life.
Thus on the one hand you will find on Leros fishermen spreading their nets out on the pier
while further out a jet ski will be tearing through the sea. You will find yourself before
modern tourist units that offer the full range of comforts in complete harmony with the
islands natural environment.