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Map of Leipsi.
Map of Leipsi.


The Island Leipsi (Lipsi):

Leipsi is the name given to a group of small islands, the largest of which is also called Leipsi. It is 182 nautical miles from Piraeus, 17 nautical miles east of Patmos and 6,5 north of Leros (Agia Marina). It has an area of 15,98 km² and a coastline of 35,1 km.
Leipsi is a small idyllic island with sandy beaches, a picturesque village and many churches. It has long been famous for its red wine.

Leipsi, Lipsi or Leipsos:
This, at the back of a safe anchorage, is the island's village and port. The port has two piers: on the left the broad new pier and on the right the old one for smaller vessels and caïques.
The village stands on rising ground, its white houses climbing to the large Church of St John. The interior of this church is painstakingly decorated, while in a carved wooden shrine is the wonder-working icon of Our Lady the Black - early 16thcentury - the name being a reference to the dark colour of the icon. Tradition relates that a beam of light indicated the bush where the icon was found and that the first little church on the site was built in the 18thcentury. The new church was built in 1931. Its feast day is on 22 September.

As we descend the few broad steps, we come to a small square which houses the post office, OTE, a library of around 1.000 volumes and the cultural centre. Behind it is the municipality building, the first floor of which accommodates the island's museum. This was founded by Archimandrite Nikiphoros Koumoundoros, who also donated the building. Amongst the more interesting exhibits are: a white marble column capital (4thcentury BC), earthenware vessels found in a tomb of the 2ndcentury BC, a marble grave slab 0,45 x 0,45 m. depicting the wife and daughter of the deceased, fragments of marble from ancient temples and early Christian Churches, Greek crosses, objects from churches, icons and local costumes.


A sandy beach, the nearest one to the village, on the left, behind a low hill.

Kyravasilainas or Kambou:
A sandy beach, a continuation in the same direction of the Lentous beach.

Platys Yalos:
We follow the same road and take the right fork. After about 300 metres the path on the left, next to the stone wall, brings us to the Church of Our Lady of the Cross. A monk lives next to this.
A path from this point leads to the beach. This route is one of the most attractive on the island.

If we go inland in a south-easterly direction, we take the first turn on the right and follow the footpath signposted. Here there is a sand and pebble beach. There is space for rough camping, a taverna and a few rooms for rent.

We take the same route and the second turn to the right, following the signposted path. A turn to the right on the path leads to the Church of Our Lady 'tou Charou'. This was built in the early 17thcentury by monks from Patmos in the Byzantine style. It is three-aisled with three sanctuaries, the central one of which is decorated with a depiction of the Blessed Virgin holding the dead body of her crucified Son, hence the reference to 'Charos' - = death - in the name. Its feast day is on 23 August, when a fair is held.

As the path goes on to Hochlakoura, it passes trough a vineyyard where the renowned wine of Leipsi is produced and where it can be bought. The beach is of pebbles.

The path inland goes northwards and then right to the east and the Lefka islands. On the left we come to a tree standing on its own - Monodendri = single tree - on a rocky headland.
There is a pebble beach which is, unofficially, used by nudists.

Text from Davaris Publications. - Greek Islands: DODECANESE.

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