Levitha is not the most obvious choice for anyone visiting Greece. It doesn’t have the party lifestyle of Crete, it’s not as geared-up for tourists as Rhodes, and it lacks some of the distinctive elegance that draws so many to Santorini. Levitha is small, relatively uninhabited, and there are no hotels, resorts, water parks, horse riding schools, or car rentals to greet you.
However, Levitha has something that few other Greek islands have, something that every tourist can appreciate and that no one will forget in a hurry. Levitha has charm—it’s a modest island inhabited by a single family that operates more like a large family estate than a Greek island.
But don’t think for a minute that you’re somehow trespassing by visiting Levitha, because that’s simply not the case. Not only are the islanders more than happy to greet tourists, but they greet thousands of them every year and welcome them to their family restaurant. They are personal tour guides, chefs, servers, and locals all rolled into one.
The great thing about Levitha is that it feels like you’re visiting friends, and if you’re been to the island more than once then you might be—the islanders never forget a friendly face.
We have included stops at Levitha on several of our sample sailing itineraries. It may have seemed like an odd choice at first glance (although hopefully not for anyone who has read what we wrote above) but it’s the perfect island to visit after experiencing the hustle and bustle of islands like Kos and Rhodes.
It’s like stopping off to see old friends after taking a road trip to a busy city. No matter where you go, if you have some time to spare and you want to see a different, friendlier and more humble side of the Greek islands, then make time for a visit to Levitha.