On the one hand, the nature, the deep blue sea, the indented coastlines, the low altitudes – on the other hand, the humble human presence, the terraces, the olive groves, the chapels, the vineyards well-known for their wine and a whole settlement above the harbor. This is Leipsoi, a dot in the vast Southeastern Aegean, light but important, ascetic but joyful for the residents and those choosing Leipsoi for their vacations. Everyone who searches a philosophical meaning in life, as well as anyone who wants to make conversations, wander around, relax, swim and enjoy the tranquility that this place generously offers will certainly visit it.
Do not miss tasting the specialties of Leipsoi, especially black pilaf (rice in fresh squid ink), stuffed squid in the oven, lamb in lemon sauce, “giaprakia orfana” (stuffed vine leaves without mince) and local bean soup (with orzo or other pasta). The local bread is also delicious, kneaded with yeast, anise, nutmeg (sometimes with mastic), necessarily baked in wood oven. Bread rolls are of equally excellent quality (with barley, wheat or self-knot), as well as pitaroudia and cheese pies.
Local cheese varieties are exquisite, the most distinguishing of which are myzithra made of goat milk and sea water and touloumotyri. You should not leave before you taste the local sweets: pougkaki, moustalevria, honeyed diples and of course teaspoon sweets of cherry tomato, grape and quince.
Leipsoi are included in Resevil, the network of wine producing cities in Europe.
The island’s tradition in viticulture and wine production counts many years. In fact, during the Italian dominance, the local sweet wine Αnama filled the Holy Communion chalices in the Vatican. Today, two local varieties are mainly cultivated and these are Fokiano, a wine of long history that produces red wines and sweet wines of high alcohol level (from 16 to 20 degrees) and Victoria of vines with horizontal spread of their root system that produce a great white table wine.
From Piraeus port take the ferry that goes directly to Leipsoi every Tuesday. It leaves Piraeus at 15.00 and arrives at the island at 00.45 of the following day.
In the summer months, the island is connected with ferry itineraries to Leros and Patmos even four times a day, with hydrofoils or catamaran speedboats.
There are also ferries to Samos, Ikaria, Kalymnos, Kos and Rhodes.
The nearest airport in Leipsoi is the international airport “Ippokratis” in Kos.
The asphalt road network of Leipsoi is 14km long and the traffic is sparse. Municipal buses travel regularly between Chora and the most popular beaches of the island. Near the port you can rent cars and motorbikes. All distances can be also easily accessed on foot.
There is a branch of the National Bank of Greece operating in Chora.
Municipality of Leipsoi:
+30 22470 41333
+30 22470 41250 / 22470 41185
Port Authority of Leipsoi:
+30 22470 41133
Port Authority of Leros:
+30 22470 22224
Port Authority of Patmos:
+30 22470 34131
Port Authority of Kalymnos:
+30 22430 29304
Port Authority of Rhodes:
+30 22410 28888
+ 30 22470 41204
+30 22470 41222