The island of Artemis could not have a history less than the most ancient times, but a history that from antiquity until today leaves indelible elements that are each an attraction in itself.
You divide the island with three imaginary, but also road axes.
One axis is between the two ports of the island, Lakki (the main and largest port of the island) and Agia Marina (smaller port where the catamarans moor).
On this axis and starting from Agia Marina, you can find the archaeological museum of the island with many exhibits from the classical period and the early Christian period.
Going up to the hill Pitiki one encounters the Byzantine castle of Leros, a Byzantine creation which is preserved in excellent condition and houses inside the church of Panagia, whose construction began in 1669 and with continuous interventions in the 18th and 19th century. its current form. Inside the church and in a prominent position dominates the image of the Virgin Infant which was created in 1732.
Continuing the imaginary road axis, one ends up in the main port of the island. In Lakki. Lakki is a city that was built from scratch during the Italian occupation of the Dodecanese in the largest natural port of the Mediterranean and was built in the context of Italian architecture of the time. In Lakki, which is the commercial center of the island, you can admire buildings from 1920-1930 in the style of Italian rationalism. It should be noted that Lakki according to the relevant studies is said to have the highest concentration of art deco buildings after Miami.
Continuing from Lakki you will find the village of Merikia where the famous war museum is located, a tunnel of Merikia which is a unique exhibition space for Greece. On the opposite side and behind the hill where the old psychiatric hospital is located in Xirokampos is the picturesque church of Panagia Kavouradaina.
On the axis Lakki - Airport - Alinda, is Partheni. In Partheni is the temple of Artemis. In an open archeological site there are the ruins of the ancient temple. In the same area there is the chapel of Agia Matrona-Kioura with frescoes by the prisoners of the dictatorship.
Descending to Alinda, in the bay of Gourna is the church of Agios Isidoros built on an island.
Arriving in Alinda and before enjoying his coffee or ouzo on the sea, one must visit the tower of Bellenis, a holiday home built in 1925 by the national benefactor Paris Belenis and today a museum with many exhibits.