Agia Marina is one of the three
ports of Leros, if you include Xerokambos.
I have always arrived in Agia Marina, and each time I have enjoyed the
approach. The village is set beautifully between two hills, the houses
climb gently up towards the two hills. Above the village, on the mountain
top, lies a proud castle. It
is a beautiful view. You almost believe that you have arrived at a port
in the Cyclades, if it were not for the colourful two-storied neoclassical
Agia Marina is the oldest inhabited village on Leros and it was
formerly the island's capital. In a sense, one can say that it still is
the capital of Leros, because the village is attached to Platanos.
However, Agia Marina is the island's administrative and commercial centre.
Along the waterfront and in the adjacent streets are shops, travel agencies,
restaurants, cafes and bars. It is a lively fishing port where fishermen
sell their catch to prospective buyers. In short, Agia Marina is the liveliest
village on Leros.
What I like most of Agia Marina is Mylos Fish Restaurant on the
waterfront next to an old windmill. A restaurant can not have a better
location than this. The view towards Agia Marina and out over the bay
is formidable, and if you get tired of that view, you can always rest
your eyes on the lovely windmill. The restaurant is so popular that you
sometimes have to reserve a table.