Holidays in Dodecanese Islands

The Dodecanese islands are located on the south eastern side of the Aegean Sea. This island group consists of large tourist islands, such as Rhodes and Kos, as well as tiny, secluded islands, such as Tilos and Nisyros. The common characteristics of the Dodecanese islands are the Medieval architecture of villages and the numerous Medieval castles. The most famous Medieval town in Dodecanese is the Old Town of Rhodes, one of the best preserved Medieval towns in Europe.

As they are located far from Athens, the Dodecanese islands can be reached by plane or on a long ferry trip from the port of Piraeus, the main port of the Greek capital. As most of the islands are located close to each other, many visitors choose to combine two or three islands in one holiday. The most secluded islands of Dodecanese are Karpathos and Kasos, which are geographically found close to Crete. Here is our
Dodecanese islands travel guide with all useful tourist information plus a wide range of Dodecanese hotels.
Karpathos in Dodecanese, Greece

Karpathos is a large island located on the southern side of Dodecanese. This is a very special island for holidays. It attracts families with kids looking for relaxing places, romantic couples, hikers and windsurfers. The most characteristic spots of Karpathos island are the exotic beaches: Kyra Panagia and Apella are the two most photographed beaches, while a fantastic place not to miss is the picturesque village of Olympos. Karpathos is also a nice destination for hiking and windsurfing.

Patmos in Dodecanese, Greece

Patmos is a small island of Dodecanese with very special character. Apart from the traditional style and the cozy beaches, Patmos is famous around the world as the place where Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation (or else the Apocalypse). Over the last years, Patmos island is a popular stop for cruise liners in the Aegean Sea with thousands of people coming to see the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of Saint John. The capital town of Patmos is Chora, while the most tourist place and port town is Skala.

Kalymnos in Dodecanese, Greece

Kalymnos is among the most special islands of Greece. With sleepy seaside villages and lovely beaches, Kalymnos is a favorite destination for families with kids and people who need a quiet place to unwind. Most of all, Kalymnos stands out for the wild landscape and the huge rocky mountain in the centre of the island. This is why it attracts many rock climbers from all over the world. The neighboring island of Telendos is also worth a visit to swim in isolate beaches, usually frequented by naturists.

Leros in Dodecanese, Greece

Leros is a small island of Dodecanese, geographically located close to other Greek island destinations such as Kalymnos, Patmos and Kos. Leros island provides a calm destination for family holidays and is also convenient for day trips or island hopping. Alinda, Agia Marina and Lakki are among the best places to stay in Leros, while interesting sightseeing includes small chapels and a Medieval Castle with fantastic sea view. Leros can be accessible by ferry or plane from Athens.