The Dodecanese is a group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea and is located off the southwest coast of Turkey, to the South of the island of Samos and the northeast of the island of Crete.
The name Dodecanese is derived from the Greek word which stands for the number 12, as the Dodecanese archipelago consists of 12 islands: Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Patmos, Tilos, Simi, Leros, Astypalaia, Nisyros, Kasos and Khalki.
The archipelago also hosts some other 150 smaller islands.
The island of Kos is a renowned yachting area in the Dodecanese archipelago and offers some excellent cruising conditions to any yacht charter crew. The Kos island marina is also well-known internationally and was rebuilt a couple of years ago and is considered as the most modern and best maintained marina in the entire Greece.
The famous resorts of Rhodes and Kos are dotted with long stretches of white sandy beaches and numerous bars, while the island of Lipsi and Tilos are more secluded and have some seductive beaches.
The remote islands of Agathonisi, Arki, Kasos and Kastellorizo are renowned for their traditional island life and you will be fascinated by their extraordinary volcanic landscapes and history that has endowed the islands with a wealth of diverse archaeological remains.
If you happen to be in the area during the first week of October, you will have the occasion to see the famous Dodecanese Cup, an international sailing competition which usually takes place on the island of Kos.
You can also explore the beautiful harbors of Rhodes and Samos. Rhodes Island should be on the top of your visiting list. It is the biggest of the Dodecanese archipelago and once in the area you will see the famous Colossus of Rhodes (35m long), which forms part of the Seven wonders of the Ancient World.
Its capital city, also called Rhodes lies on the northeast of the island and the port is located in front of the Old town. Only a few steps from board, you will find Rhode’s tangled small streets lined with numerous bars, restaurants and shops.
There is also the island of Simi which is worth a visit for every sailor on his way from Kos to the South of the archipelago.