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North and South Dodecanese Islands

Today tourism allows us to travel to the cultural centre of civilisation, the Greek Islands, the birthplace of science, art, culture, health and education.

The name "Dodecanese"  meaning "The Twelve Islands", is a large Greek island group in the south eastern Aegean Sea.

This sailing route takes us to so many beautiful towns and small villages and during the day you will be able to visit stunning bays secluded from crowds, where you can swim in the unbelievable turquoise sea.

Whilst enjoying a sailing holiday in Turkey the vessel will sail to the Greek islands meaning that you get to see so much more and at the much more economical prices that sailing from Turkey has to offer.
Some of the many islands that you can sail to are Rhodes, Symi, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Lipsi, Leros, Tilos and Patmos.


Kalymnos, is a Greek island and municipality in the south eastern Aegean Sea. It belongs to the Dodecanese group of islands and is located to the west of the Bodrum peninsula, between the islands of Kos and Lero's.

Also known as the island of the Sponge Divers due to the fact that this has been a long tradition on the island.
The capital of Kalymnos is Pothia,  where most inhabitants live. Chora is the second largest residential area and the former capital of the island.

Kalymnos is a great tourist destination known worldwide for offering activities such as climbing and scuba diving.


There has been a Carian settlement on the island since 11 BC, one of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, known for its sandy beaches and also for its Greek and Roman landmarks, particularly in and around Kos Town.

This harbour town is dominated by the 15th-century Neratzia Castle, South of the castle are the Ancient Agora ruins, with a temple, shrine and columns. The 3rd-century Casa Romana villa has lavish mosaics.

The oldest ruins on the island date from the days of the wine and silk trade and democracy began in the year 336 BC, Kos soon became a protectorate of the Roman and then Byzantiun empire .

Egyptians also used the island as a central stopping point. In 1912 the island passed into the control of the Ottoman Empire. Today, the island makes a living from tourism with many hotels, restaurants and bars.


This small Dodecanese island is located in the north, Patmos is most famous as the island of revelation. According to tradition, it was in a cave here that Saint John the Divine was inspired to write the Book of Revelation.

The Holy Monastery of the Revelation was built in 1088. This monastery is surrounded by strong walls and looks like a fortress, a great place to visit with the paved paths and incredible views of the Aegean Sea. 

In 2006 the island was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.


Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands, known for its beach resorts, ancient ruins and remnants of  occupation by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. The city of Rhodes has an Old Town featuring the medieval Street of the Knights.
The main Castle was Captured by the Ottomans and then held by the Italians, this palace is now a museum.

The Colossus of Rhodes is a statue that was built on the Greek island of Rhodes between 292 and 280 BC. The statue was a depiction of the Greek Titan Helios and was meant to celebrate their victory over the ruler of Cyprus in 305 BC. 

This island is the capital of all the Dodecanese islands and an ideal destination not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday!
With green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted golden beaches Rhodes is truly a blessed place, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan, traditional, numerous cultural and archaeological sites makes it one of the best islands for the perfect holiday.


Symi is also part of the Dodecanese island group, known for its beaches, an annual music festival and for the harbour in Symi Town, surrounded by colourful neo classical houses. 

In Greek mythology, King Island (Symi) is referred to as Nyseros.

The island has been ruled by Spartans, Athenians, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the St. John Knight sovereignty. 
On the southwest coast, the 18th-century Monastery of Archangel Michael of Panormitis is a major Greek Orthodox pilgrimage site with a Byzantine museum.