Sailing area : Dodecanese

Sailing area: Dodecanese

The Dodecanese is a Greek archipelago comprising 160 islands located in the Aegean Sea. Its name literally means "Twelve Islands", namely Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kassos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Leros, Nissiros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi and Tilos. These are the southernmost islands of Greece with a culture that reflects the intermingling of several civilisations.

Sailing in the Dodecanese from Rhodes

The Dodecanese is the ideal destination for sailing in the Aegean Sea. The Meltem blows at strength of about 5 to 7 on the Beaufort scale and allows you to travel faster from May to September.  With your boat hire from Rhodes, make your way to Tilos, Kos, Kalimnos, Leros, Kassos, and, finally, Karpathos.

Places of interest in the Dodecanese:

Before embarking for your cruise, we recommend that you visit the town of Rhodes. In the old town, you will discover the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes with its huge fortress dating from the 14th century. You can then walk around the streets admiring the landscape and ramparts of Rhodes. Among some of the places to visit, we recommend Rhodes aquarium, or Rodini Rhodos park, where you will find unusual plants and several species of animals living in liberty. Also, pay a visit to the archaeological museum where you will find the marble sculpture of Aphrodite holding her hair in her hands, Mycenaean jewellery, pottery and Kouros.  A fan of curiosities? Make your way to Petaloudes, about 25 km from Rhodes town, where you will be amazed by Rhodes’ valley of butterflies. Indeed, you will find many butterflies specific to the region there attracted by the trees which exude a special sap. A natural show not to be missed! Then, return to the port and set your sights on Tilos!
When you arrive in Tilos, you will discover an unusual island with few inhabitants and an authentic charm. It is the perfect place for relaxing: fishing enthusiasts will be able to abandon themselves to their sport on this calm and peaceful island and windsurfers or other water sport fans will also have plenty to keep them amused: windsurfing, water-skiing, and paddleboarding are on the programme! Want to escape the crowds? Pay a visit to Charkadio cave where you will find 7,000 year old fossils!
Then, continue your trip with the island of Kos, where there are many superb things to see! Firstly, the old town of Kos with its archaeological sites that will delight those who love ancient Greece. Then, to the west of the town, the old Agora, the Kos marketplace, then the Casa Romana, a building with magnificent mosaics, and also the old Odeon where music competitions were held. Kos also has a very busy nightlife with many bars, clubs and beautiful beaches. Now, time to pay a visit to Leros, a mountainous island with many hilltop villages and magnificent coves! It is an island of character that has preserved its authenticity and is protected from mass tourism. With its generous relief and fertile valleys, Leros is particularly popular with walkers. It offers two marinas: one in Lakki and the other in Partheni, each of which has a very large reception capacity. In Pandeli and Vromolithous, you will be able to drop anchor for the night. Sailing enthusiasts will be able to take lessons in Lakki as well as scuba diving lessons in Xerokampos. Many water sports are available: windsurfing, jet skiing, diving and underwater fishing. In September, the fishermen's festival is celebrated on the village square of Pandeli with grilled fish and a great deal of wine. Make a note in your diary!
Stop off in Kassos! It is an island with a typically Greek pace of life, so if you are looking to relax, it is the perfect island. The island's capital, Fri, is very picturesque with its stone houses and church. You will also discover Emborios and its church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Ellinokamara with its archaeological caves dating from Neolithic times.
Finally, end your cruise with Karpathos, a large mountainous and wild island with a strong character and traditions that are still very much alive. Offering a wild and preserved natural environment, Karpathos offers you the chance to discover authentic villages and superb beaches. Walkers will appreciate the hilltop paths that offer breathtaking viewpoints and the relief that rises to an altitude of 1,200 metres. Magnificent white sand beaches and turquoise waters and very attractive coves also await you, in particular Ahata, a magnificent cove with limpid waters surrounded by cliffs.
Do not wait to book your boat rental: We hire boats from catamarans to luxury yachts. Do not hesitate to contact us. It will be our pleasure to help you!

Worth knowing/Advice

Remember: there are customs fees if you navigate in Turkish waters Excellent sailing conditions from April to October A range of anchorages: at anchors or in the docks of small traditional ports. Nearly non-existent tides

The ports in this sailing area

Kos, Rhodes, Samos ...


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When to travel?

Starting in the spring, the Meltemi wind picks up speed as the season wears on.


10-20 knots
15-20 knots


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