Levita, the Greek island where only one family lives

    Between Kos and Patmos, there is a small unknown island, where the land is hard and wild.
    Levita, the Greek island where only one family lives

    During world war II, levite It was an Italian outpost defending the Dodecanese. A small unknown island, among the best known Kos and Patmos, where the land is hard and wild. However, an entire family of eight lives there all year round. Originally from Patmos, she moved here where she lives on a farm with goats and sheep. Except in the summer months, no one ever lands on the coast.




    The family also runs one. tavern open to tourists – Levitha Tavern – and there are many sailors who love stopping at Levitha when passing through in the summer. The fish here is always fresh. The boys are in charge of achieving it by going fishing.

    Once you reach the coast, you go up the mountain along the paths between the rocks until you reach the restaurant.

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    Levitha, in the middle of nowhere, is evocative uncontaminated and silent island, the large fjord to the south, which in addition to the eastern bay, has a beautiful solitary anchorage with avery clear water with a thousand shades of blue and green. Less than ten square kilometers of rocks, small farm fields and inlets.




    Its coasts are very steep and it is quite aentry where ships anchor sheltered from the Aegean winds. Despite its small size, the coast measures almost 35 km. There's also some beautiful beaches where to stop to relax and take a bath.


    But in Greece the archaeological aspect cannot be missing. Here, underground and on the seabed, there is always something to discover. And in fact they were also found in Levitha in 2009. five very old shipwrecks two thousand years ago. Next to them, there is also an even more precious object: a 400-kilogram granite pole dating from the XNUMXth century BC. and that it was used to anchor boats, and also for large ships, which docked on the island. Numerous amphorae dating back to the XNUMXrd century BC were also found everywhere, evidently used for the transport of goods and merchandise such as wine, for example.



    Therefore, Levita must have played a very important role in ancient times. You wouldn't believe it today. We find it cited, however, in several ancient texts. Ovid refers to it in his "Metamorphoses" and in the "Ars Amatoria", which narrates the events of Daedalus and Icarus who, during their flight from Crete, flew over "Lebynthos", the ancient name of the Levite. But the island was also mentioned by Pliny the Elder and by the ancient geographers Stefano Byzantino, Pomponius Mela and Strabo.

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