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Lakki in Leros

Lakki is the largest village on Leros with about 2,000 inhabitants. When you arrive to the village you are met by wide boulevards, large squares and remarkable buildings that do not feel Greek at all. Lakki differ from all other Greek towns and villages I have been to, and it is thanks to, or because of, the Italian occupation of Leros between 1912 and 1943.

 

The special architecture in Lakki. Leros.

The special architecture in Lakki.

 

 

The bay of Lakki is one of the best natural harbours in Greece. The bay is deep and so large that you can almost imagine that it is a lake. A perfect base for a military fleet in other words. The Italians liked the large bay, and the island's strategic location, so they decided to build a town here in the early 1930s with monumental buildings, wide streets and large parks and squares. The architecture was in the neoclassical style. They named the town Portolago.

 

The harbor promenade and port in Lakki. Leros.


The harbor promenade in Lakki.


Much water have flowed in and out of the bay of Lakki since then. The name of the town was later on changed to Lakki, and the town began to decay. I was met by a pitiable sight when I came here the first time. Many, if not all, Italian - once so grandiose - buildings was in miserable condition. Today, many of the buildings have been restored and you are met by a more cheerful sight.

 

Lakki. Leros.

Lakki.

 

Of course all imaginable facilities is available in Lakki. There is also hotels if you want to stay overnight. Many think that Lakki is a horrible village with its strange buildings and wide streets. I myself like Lakki just owing to that the village is so different from other Greek villages. All this strangeness has a certain charm that at least I'm attracted to. Book hotel in Lakki here »


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