Are you planning a vacation
in Greece? Have you thought of exploring the Greek isles? The best way to see the Greek islands is to sail them in your own sailing boat. There are a lot of yacht charter companies offering sailing boats for charter. Many flotilla itineraries include special events like beach parties and fun regattas, and give you the chance to mix with other sailors.
The Dodecanese (Twelve Islands or Dodekanes) is the most southerly group of islands in the Greek archipelago. Visit Rhodes and Kos, islands full of history and nice beaches, Symi and Patmos is islands uncorrupted from the civilization. Did you know that “Dodecanese” means “twelve islands” in Greek and that is why these groups of islands sometime is called “Twelve Islands”.
The 14 Dodecanese islands captivated travelers since Odysseus. You will find a wonderful mix of architectural styles of eastern and western civilizations. Almost every island has its classical remains, its Crusaders’ castle, and its traditional villages.
The Meltemi wind has its peak in July and August. It starts irregularly
in June, blows more strongly in July through to September and again sporadic
in October These northerly winds do affect any travel plan and consider a one-way charter from Kos to Rhodes during July to September.
Usually sailing charter companies in Dodecanese have their bases in either Rhodes or Kos.
Kos is overlooked,dominated
by a Crusader castle and known as the place of birth of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. The nice harbor at Kos city is a popular place to put a yacht. The harbor is filled with sights and sounds both day and night as visitors party on boats just off the coast, and in bars, restaurants and clubs located on the harbor itself. The island of Kos is populated by nearly 180,000 people, many of them still living the old-fashioned lives of Greek fishermen.
Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese. Rhodes has everything from nice beaches to a lush, green interior, a capital full of energetic and noisy activity and one of the top sunshine records in the region. The rock-rose is so productive here that it has been called the ‘Island of Roses’ and whiles the northern coast is famous for its lively tourist resorts the south offers nice beaches and a slower, more simple pace of life.