They are located in the south eastern part of the Aegean and consist of twelve islands. The Dodecanese is a cluster of islands of unique beauty and great history that every visitor falls in love with.
Many of the islands keep their traditions intact, so even today, there are women on the street dressed in their local costumes. Some are extremely popular, like Rhodes and Kos, and others have a virgin charm, like Kalymnos, Symi, volcanic Nisyros, Kastelorizo, Kasos, Karpathos, Astypalea, Halki, and Lipsi.
Impressive black pebbles await us in the volcanic Nisyros. A bay with imposing rocks hides in exotic Symi. Golden sandy beaches spread to Karpathos and isolated corners host our private sunbathing in Kalymnos, Patmos and Astypalea. The Dodecanese has dozens of crystal clear Karpostal beaches to convince us to visit in the summer.
The Dodecanese form a bridge between Europe and the East and everywhere you’ll see traces of peoples and cultures that made their mark over the centuries: Ionians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and Italians.
The Dodecanese has a rich history, visible everywhere you turn in the form of ancient citadels, famous castles, renowned museums and important archaeological sites and monuments.
Among them are Rhodes’ acropolis (Monte Smith) with its Doric temple, the ancient stadium, the ancient acropolis of Lindos, Ialyssos and ancient Kamiros. On Karpathos, visit ancient Vroukounda and Arkesia and the palaces of Doric Nisyros on the Saria islet.
1. Rhodes: The beautifully preserved mediaeval town of Rhodes, whose world-renowned Old Town has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.
2. Kos: The birthplace of Hippocrates, Kos’ must-sees include the Nerantzia Castle and the Old Town.
3. Astypalaia: The Hora with its windmills and whitewashed homes is reminiscent of a Cycladic settlement.
4. Patmos: The Monastery of St John the Theologian, the picture-perfect Hora with its grand, stately homes and the mystical ambience of the Cave of the Apocalypse, a significant pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians.
5. Karpathos: The village of Olympus, a real treat for the eyes; a 9th century medieval hamlet defying the march of time with its windmills, old stone ovens and picturesque chapels, making it one of the most impressive sights of the Aegean. Don’t miss out on Apella, a beach of unique beauty and nearby rocky Kasos for that special kind of getaway.