Exploring Greek Military Areas on Leros


Tuesday 10 September, 2013 by Uncle Spike

We had hired a tiny little Kia Picanto to explore the Greek island of Leros one summer. Yep, this was it… but what a little star that car was! By the way, we called it Eugene 🙂




Having taken us all over the island on all the ‘nice’ roads, here are some of the places a Kia Picanto perhaps shouldn’t go, or rather, where a Kia Picanto wouldn’t normally go! Yes, Eugene had a bit of an off-road streak in him, with a fetish for creating clouds of red dust, hitting the rocky unmade mountain roads and causing yet more testing of the handbrake!






Ah yes, and then there’s this…. this link will show you a short video of how Eugene took us into some forbidden territory… 😀


After a few kilometres, we were greeted by these sights….






It was at this point that we thought, “Hmm, perhaps time to turn around”!

Leros is quite militarily significant to Greece, with a violent history of invasions, battles and occupations, not least, a major battle during WW2 when the Nazi’s defeated the Allied forces of Italy and Britain, fighting over the fact that the Italian navy had their Mediterranean fleet based there. Nowadays it is quieter, but it’s very very close to the Turkish mainland, with whom there is a slightly less than cordial relationship at the best of times, and as we were three Turkish passports holders, the thought of being challenged by the Greek army, right on their turf, was perhaps foolhardy at best

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The story continues in…

“Eugene Goes To Town”

17 thoughts on “Exploring Greek Military Areas on Leros

  1. tchistorygal says:

    What an exciting, but scary adventure! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sue Slaght says:

    Eugene looked to be on quite the adventure in that video! Yikes! Yes I would say time to turn around for sure.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. […] taken us to see the delights of the coastline, the tiny inland churches, as well as an offroad adventure into Greek military areas […]


  4. […] adventure continued into military areas too, […]


  5. […] This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is an ‘off-road’ adventure in a little Kia hire car we had last year on the Greek island of Leros. Think we stumbled into forbidden areas 🙂 – read the story and see the video here […]


  6. […] This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is something I guess I wasn’t supposed to see…. some abandoned military vehicles on the Greek island of Leros. You see, we were taking a little hire car for an off-road bit of fun and wandered on to some military training area – oops. Read the full story here of how much fun one can have in a pint-sized Kia Picanto […]


  7. […] This is a continuation of the posts entitled Picanto Capers! (part one) and (part two)… […]


  8. raiz1972 says:

    Would love to see that place I love anything to do with ww2


  9. No wonder my car rental insurance is so expensive. 😉


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