The Dodecannese in south-eastern Aegean is made up of 12 major islands and more than 150 smaller islands, with the main tourist stops being Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos and Chalki. The islands here belong to the Southern Sporades island group and a visit to any one of these will have you enjoying crystal clear waters, relaxing on the sandy beaches or taking a walk along pebbly ones, exploring archaeology dating back centuries, and getting to know the history of monuments and traditional settlements.
Rhodes is by far one of the most popular islands in the Dodecannese with its superb Old City which is surrounded by medieval walls with seven gates, the Palace of the Grand Master and Mandráki, an ancient harbour. Rhodes is known as the island of Knights and has an intriguing history dating back to its construction in 407 BC. is an ideal holiday destination whether you’re looking to simply sit back and relax, or take on a world of adventure as you explore the rich green valleys and hills and beautiful golden beaches.
Patmos is the “island of the Apocalypse” and is popular amongst pilgrims as it is said the “Book of Revelations” was written by John the Theologian in one of the island’s caves. On Patmos you will also find the medieval settlement Hóra, with its narrow, maze-like alleys and stone-built houses; and explore the largest settlement on the island Skála where you can enjoy local produce, accommodation and fresh fish tavernas. If you’re visiting the beach, Kámpos is popular with sea sports and fishing, while Psili Ammos is accessible only by boat, providing you with a remote experience you will never forget.
Tilos is a haven for flora and fauna with its dense forest ranges, valleys and mountains. The island is basically an ecological park and the island is covered in hills and plains, picturesque villages and beautiful beaches. Tilos is also known as the last place in Europe where elephants lived, with the dwarf-elephant living on the island until some 4,000 years ago. Meyálo Horió is the island’s capital and its worth visiting the medieval castle (built in the location of ancient Tilos) to enjoy breathtaking views. Head to the Erystos coast for a swim, visit the deserted village of Mikro Chorio and the charming seaside village Aghios Antonios.