The Dodecanese Islands are located in the southeast part of the Aegean Sea, and consist of 12 major islands and a series of smaller ones. These islands, some of which are located on the border of Turkey, offer visitors beautiful beaches, quaint villages, clear waters and exciting nightlife.
The islands continue to attract a wide assortment of visitors yearly to sample some of the most culturally and geographically diverse islands in the world. The islands are a mix of sea, mountain and meadows, and because of their close proximity you can basically hop from one to the other.
For those spiritually inclined, we recommend heading out to Patmos, where John the Divine ensconced himself in a cave and wrote the Apocalypse. It is a pilgrimage for both Orthodox and Western Christians, and is seen as the best place to experience Orthodox Easter. Apart from the spirituality, the beaches are top quality and are not a sight to be missed.
Getting There And Around
It is best to get to the Dodecanese Island via air. The islands of Astypalea, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kos, Leros and Rhodes all have direct flights to Athens. Additionally, Rhodes has flights to Astypalea (via Kos and Leros), Iraklio, Kasos (via Karpathos), Thessaloniki, and in summer to Mykonos and Santorini (Thira) in the Cyclades. Seaplane services operate out of Kos and Kalymnos linking those islands with Lavrio on the mainland.