The Dodecanese are a group of twelve islands that form a myriad of unexplored beaches and islets, castles and ancient civilizations, all in a cosmopolitan but at the same time unspoiled environment, apart from its hospitable and charming inhabitants.
These islands are on the southeastern edge of the Aegean, jewels of all sizes that decorate the sea: the Dodecanese forms a bridge between Europe and the East, and that is why you can see remains of peoples and cultures that have left a mark on over the centuries: Ionians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and Italians. Each island has its own character and all offer a lot of opportunities for relaxation, excursions, adventures and gastronomic delights, all with the dazzling beauty of the beaches in the background.
While in the Dodecanese, you will find it difficult to choose from the infinite number of beaches. Each one is special in its own way. If you feel active, you can enjoy diving, snorkeling and all kinds of water sports. If on the contrary, you are looking for something more tranquil and intimate, you will be able to sunbathe, swim and relax in any of its coves.
The Dodecanese has a rich history that is still visible today: the ancient citadels, castles, renowned museums and important archaeological sites and monuments. Among them are the Acropolis of Rhodes (Monte Smith), with its Doric temple, the old stadium, the ancient acropolis of Lindos, Ialisos and the ancient Kamiros. In Karpathos, you will find the ancient Vroukounda and Artesia, and the Doric-style palaces on the islet of Saria. It is also interesting to visit exhibitions and monuments such as: in Rhodes the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Archaeological Museum and the aquarium; In Patmos a manor house that has been converted into an exceptional gallery (the Nikolaidis mansion); In Nisyros the Volcanic Museum.
For lovers of water sports and adventure, you will find the Dodecanese the most appropriate place. Among its different islands, it is Rhodes who heads the list, either because it is the best place to practice windsurfing in the region of Prassoni. Also, in Kos from the beach you can see rows and rows of windsurfers from distance. On the other hand, Karpathos is ideal for trekking for its trails of exceptional beauty that are next to mountain cliffs overlooking the sea. Kalymnos is also a paradise for climbers, as it has some of the best climbing routes in Europe. Both professional climbers and aspirants come here from anywhere in the world for one reason: to challenge themselves at 60 climbing sites and 1,300 marked trails. For those who prefer the depths of the sea, they can learn from the best in the business: the well-known sponge fishermen of Kalymnos.
For those who are interested in gastronomy, the Dodecanese will surprise you. Rhodes, is the main island in the Aegean Sea that produces wine, has dozens of vineyards and countless good wines to taste. In the villages of the island, there are a great variety of local dishes that are waiting for your enjoyment and delight. It is worth noting the melekouni of Rhodes (a sesame bar with honey), which is served at weddings and baptisms. In Kassos, you will be tempted to try the mizithra (traditional cheese), and in Kalymnos, you will want to try the mosouri (lamb stuffed with rice), just like the Dorians did. In Symi, do not leave without trying the fried shrimp, small, tasty and accompanied with flakes of chili. In this way, your small gastronomic route in this corner of the Aegean will be unforgettable!