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Dodecanese Islands Sailing

Dodecanese Island Hopping

Cruise and sailing trip to the Dodecanese. The complex of the Dodecanese is characterized by the combination of big and very small islands. With Rhodes and Kos being the most well-known islands, there are many travelers who choose the Dodecanese for a sailing trip.


Although the big islands are the ones that have a wide reputation and attract many visitors. But the smaller islands are the ones that stand out for their beauty and tranquility. Οn these islands the visitor will simply anchor his boat in order to enjoy his vacations! The Dodecanese is an ideal sailing destination for those who are interested in discovering the historical and cultural aspects of the islands they visit, due to their long history.

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Dodecanese Sailing Itineraries

Although Kos, which has the longest marina, is the most popular destination for a sailing trip in the Dodecanese. A few other islands like Leros, Symi, Kalymnos, and Patmos also attract many boats, especially during the summer months. A fairly common phenomenon is many of the vessels in the area to sail and approach the coasts of Turkey or even reach Cyprus. A cruise to Cyprus or along Turkey motivates many sailors to combine their trip with a visit to the Dodecanese.  Dodecanese Sailing Itinerary has a variety of mooring and anchorage options available, in either marinas, harbors or in well protected anchorages.


The strong summer wind (Meltemi) also affects the islands of the Dodecanese. But the ripple does not have the same intensity and therefore the conditions are better than the ones in the Aegean sea. In Spring and Autumn the wind is less strong and blows from the South-East. These islands are a sailor’s paradise of more than 163 islands and islets. You will find on each island uncounted beautiful beaches and bays that you should not miss.


The name “Dodecanese”, meaning “The Twelve Islands”, denotes today an island group in the southeastern Aegean Sea, comprising fifteen major islands (Agathonisi, Astypalaia, Chalki, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, and Tilos) and 93 smaller.

  • The Dodecanese are well-known for:

    their climate, long history, the spacy marina of Kos and the anchorages in Turkey.

  • Dodecanese Main Islands

    Agathonisi, Astypalaia, Chalki, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, and Tilos

  • Coasts & Countries

    Turkey, Cyprus

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