The Dodecanese Islands

The Dodecanese Islands are a group of more than 150 islands. Of these, 12 are considered to be the main islands with the remainder being smaller and largely uninhabited islands. In fact, of 163 islands only 26 are currently inhabited. The 12 main islands are Rhodes, Astypalia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kos, Leros, Nysiros, Patmos, Symi, Tilos and Halki. Like the other surrounding islands, there are many sites of historical interest including churches, temples, and ruined buildings spanning many decades and even centuries.


Rhodes, the largest and potentially most significant of the Dodecanese islands features the Colossus of Rhodes (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) and a World Heritage Site (Old Town of the City of Rhodes). Other historical sites include the temple of Colossus and the Acropolis of Lindos. There are many beaches and coastal retreats around the island. Stegna Beach and Ladiko Beach are among the most famous of these.


Kos is another popular destination for visitors to the Dodecanese islands. As well as offering rich historical background, a fervent tourist centre has grown on this island. In the main town, also called Kos, there are many whitewashed hotels, local tavernas, and other tourist buildings. A string of nightclubs and bars has become known by tourists from around the world as “barstreet”.


Patmos is a luxurious Island that has everything to offer the visitor. Exquisite harbours or secluded anchorages can be found for the traveller using their own yacht. Patmos also offers three world heritage sites - the main town, the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, and the Cave of the Apocalypse.


Karpathos is the second largest, and possibly the most traditional, of all the Dodecanese islands. While its beaches and clean seas do make it a popular destination for visitors, especially around the main port of Pigadia, the buildings and culture remain true to the heritage and history of the Island. If you want an authentic stay then Karpathos is a very good choice of Greek Island.


Another Island that combines a vibrant nightlife with traditional views and architecture is Leros. While it is only a small Island with a population of less than 10,000, there is a collection of bars, nightclubs, and other venues around Alinda Bay. Most of the action centres around Agia Marina. Also near this area is the well known Faros Bar, which has been built into the rocks.

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