Village altitude 200 m
Village land area 0,07 km2
Region averege altitude 197 m, mountain
Region land area 5,7 km2
Population 2011: 415, 2001: 528, 1940: 1.258 inhabitants.
Area per person 170 m² per person.
Economy relies mainly on agriculture (mainly viticulture, olives and vegetables).
Leka village (Greek: Λέκα) is located at the northwestern part of the island, at the northeastern foothills of the Kerkis mountain. The distances are: from Samos town 35 km, from Karlovasi town 4 Km, from Pythagorio town 38 Km and from Marathokampos village 9 Km.
Administratively consists the local communities of Leka, which belongs to Karlovasi municipal unit, of West Samos Municipality with Karlovasi capital.
It’s built in a green landscape with excellent northeast view to Aegean sea till the Asia Minor coast and Karlovasi town lying below. It’s one of the oldest and largest villages at the Karlovasi district. The beautiful square with the big plane tree, the traditional cafes and the great views, coupled with hospitable people, the beautiful traditional houses and several mansions, will surely impress you.top
History & name
The village was created in the early 18th century. Probably, the first inhabitants of the village were from Peloponnese, and they migrated there after Samos was repopulated (after 1550).
The name derives from its first inhabitant, named Lekas, who came to Samos to escape from the persecution of the Turks, probably around 1715.top
One settlement belongs to Leka village. That is the settlement of Agios Panteleimon with 7 inhabitants, at the northwest of the village, at a distance of 1.5 Km. It was named after its church, while earlier it was named Sourley (or Tsourley), from the name of its first inhabitant, named Stamoulos Sourlis. It is of the oldest settlements and reported by the census of 1828. It’s built near the bed of the Kastania torrent, with abundant water surrounded by steep mountains and lush vegetation. From Leka, you can walk up there and continue (3 km more) to the beach Potami, near Karlovasi (you can also go by car, but the road is unpaved and narrow).top
- Visit the Church “Agios Ioannis Baptistis” (=Saint John the Baptist), the pride of the village.
- Drink coffee or have a snack in the traditional cafes at the village square.
- The biggest social event of the village it’s the feast of “Agios Ioannis Baptists” at August 29, one of the largest in Samos.
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