The Dodecanese are a group of 15 larger plus 150 smaller Greek islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean, off the coast of Turkey's Anatolia, of which 26 are inhabited. This island group generally defines the eastern limit of the Sea of Crete. They belong to the wider Southern Sporades island group.
Rhodes has been the area's dominant island since antiquity. Of the others, Kos and Patmos are historically the more important; the remaining twelve are Agathonisi, Astypalaia, Halki, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Leipsoi, Leros, Nisyros, Symi, Tilos, and Kastellorizo. Other islands in the chain include Alimia, Arkoi, Farmakonisi, Gyali, Kinaros, Levitha, Marathos, Nimos, Pserimos, Saria, Strongyli and Syrna.
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The Greek treasury of the Mediterranean has been attracting travelers for thousands of years. There is an amazing balance between ancient monuments and modern entertainment. People go to Rhodes for a family beach holiday on the sunny coast, for extreme sports, for fun parties in nightclubs, for mind-blowing legends about ancient wonders, and for impressive nature. Rhodes is located in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, southeast of mainland Greece. It is 77 km long and 37 km wide.
Rhodes town. The island's administrative center is located in the north, on the shores of the Strait of Rhodes. It was here that one of the Seven Wonders of the World was located. Tourists are attracted here by the Old Town with its historical monuments. It houses the Rhodes fortress built by the Knights Hospitaller, the port of Mandraki, an ancient theater, a mosque, and a wonderful palace. There is also something to do in the modern part - spend time in nightclubs, try local cuisine in restaurants, and go shopping.
Faliraki. A young and active resort in the east of the island. People come here for the beaches with the purest sand, which have more than a dozen Blue Flag awards. In addition, Faliraki is famous for its vibrant nightlife with clubs, restaurants, bars, and casinos. During the day, tourists here can go shopping in the top shopping centers of Rhodes and visit the largest water park in Greece.
Lindos. A village in the southeast of the island, which is located on the site of the ancient city-state of Linda. Traces of former grandeur can still be seen here - they harmoniously coexist with modern architecture and beaches. Cars cannot pass through the narrow streets between the miniature white houses of Lindos, which creates a special atmosphere, referring to several centuries ago.
Ialyssos. A resort in the north of Rhodes, ten kilometers from the administrative center. It has everything that adults go to this island for - ruins, beautiful beaches, restaurants, nightclubs and opportunities for active sports.
Ixia. The village is next to Ialyssos, but they are often considered together. This is the center of business tourism, where people come for conferences, meetings, and negotiations. For ordinary vacationers, there are also all the possibilities here - large hotel complexes, food establishments, shops, and the right winds for windsurfing and parasailing.
Kos. The area of the island of Kos is 28 times smaller than Crete and 5 times smaller than neighboring Rhodes. Kos is called the "Garden of Eden" in Greece. The island is truly heavenly. Its beautiful beaches seem endless. Landscapes of fantastic beauty open literally at every step. The richness of nature is successfully complemented by traditional Greek elegant architecture. Holidays on the island of Kos are snow-white sand and azure sea, blooming gardens and ancient monuments. European service is perfectly combined with Greek hospitality.
Karpathos. The second largest island in the Dodecanese chain is notable for its bright contrasts - green hilly mountains and dozens of beaches, magical seascapes, and picturesque villages that keep their customs and traditions, homemade recipes, and trendy cafe bars. Karpathos is one of the most remote Greek islands. There are so many beaches on the island that it's just dizzying.
Patmos. The charming and majestic island of Patmos is located at the northernmost point of the Dodecanese. Picturesque villages, dazzling white houses, small churches, narrow streets, and the majestic stone monastery of St. John the Evangelist command respect and reverence from all visitors. The island provides travelers with magnificent views of winding coastlines and wonderful beaches.