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LEIPSOI

Tradition considers Leipsoi island as the legendary island of Ogygia. At its south, at Kouselio area, where on the walls of the homonymous Panagias Church you will find the marbles of the ancient temple you can see Calypso represented to welcome Odysseus, something that can be confirmed by the islanders. Here, the mythical hero is believed that lived for seven years due to Calypso's prophecy that thus he could become immortal.

The intensive traditional character, the calm life of the 750 citizens and the prosperity create the first picture for the visitor. The peace, the grandeur of silenc, the fresh fish, the marvelous walks through Aravis windmill or the public rangeland among free horses and donkeys are only few of what Calypso's Land offers. The island is also known for the caves in Makronisi and the variety of sandy, rocky and seaweed beaches. Katsadia, Lientou, Kambos, Chochlakoura, Monodentri and Platis Gialos are only a few.

The citizens cultivate olives and grapes, producing excellent oil and wine. During the Venetian Dominion the island's wine had been proposed as the Sacramental Wine at the Communion of the Catholic Church at the Vatican. The citizens also work at the stock raising and the fishery.

The Municipality of Leipsoi are in the middle of the island, underneath the homonymous, leeward gulf.

This scenic settlement with the white houses and the blue windows keeps its insular temper while numerous are the sights each can meet.

Two of the most significant is the Spiritual-Folklorist Museum and the "Odysseus Elytis" library. Continuously you should visit the Tabernacle of Panagia, of the Byzantine architecture type, created by monks of Patmos Island at the end of the 16th century. The Temple is triune and is descried mainly for its low dome and the unequal arcs. A holy heirloom of Panagia's church is Her icon that represents Her holding Jesus not like a child in arms but hung on the Holy Rood, that's why the Church is named as "Panagia tou Charou". At April of 1943 white crinums let by a young lady after they run dry they started to come by juices and blossoms again and burst into flowers at her name day. This miracle is keeping repeating itself until today.

Leipsoi will also attract the sea lovers because of the numerous noes, its other natural beauties and of course with tasty temptations such as "octopus" and the traditional "mizithra" a cheese made from pure goat milk and sea water.

In this island you will also find marvelous beaches. The most popular is Liendos Beach, Kambos, Platis Gialos, a splendid sandy beach, Katsadia at the southwards of the island, Papandria, with the reeds, the beautiful nature and the majestic coasts, the shingle beach of Chochlakoura with the impressive grottos, Tourkomnima, Xirokambos, Monothendri and Kamares, all of them wild, distant beaches that satisfy everyone who explores them.

You should surely visit the "Wine Festival" at August while wine is the main produced commodity with long tradition on producing and export.

Kleidonas is one more big celebration of Leipsoi, honoring St. John the Filler. During the celebration the citizens light fires and the girls bring the so called "Still Water" at the main square of the village and big fiesta follows with songs and dance.

At the cultural agenda of the island you can find events with dance groups, boy-scouts and the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Map of Leipsoi

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