The island complex of Dodecanese in south-eastern Aegean is the sunniest corner in Greece. The name Dodecanese actually means twelve islands in Greek, as this is the number of the largest islands of the complex. Twelve large islands and numerous smaller ones with crystal clear waters, sandy or pebbly beaches, important archaeological finds, imposing Byzantine and medieval monuments and unique traditional settlements are waiting to be discovered. The Dodecanese islands are located on the south eastern side of Greece, between Cyclades and the coasts of Turkey. Less popular than Cyclades and with a different style, these greek islands distinguish for their Medieval architecture and the peaceful beaches.
The architecture of villages in Dodecanese do not have the bright colors of the Cyclades islands. They have more earthy colors and their architecture is Medieval, with strong Venetian castles on top of hills and old towns with paved streets, arches and elegant mansions. The Old Town of Rhodes is the most famous village and among the best-preserved Medieval towns in Europe. Many seaside villages are tourist developed, while the mountainous villages keep their traditional character intact. Very interesting villages to visit, apart from Rhodes Town, are Lindos in Rhodes, Zia in Kos, Skala in Patmos.
The beaches in Dodecanese islands stand out for their relaxing atmosphere and the crystal water. Some beaches are organized, while others are secluded. However, they are all clean and each one offers something special to visitors. The busiest beaches are found in Rhodes and Kos, while the island of Karpathos has the most exotic waters with a fabulous dark blue color. The beaches in the rest of the group are peaceful and great for families. The Dodecanese is a popular destination for thrill seekers and lovers of water sports.
Due to the long Venetian occupation, these islands have a strong Medieval style and many interesting monuments. The Dodecanese has a rich history, visible everywhere you turn: ancient citadels, famous castles, renowned museums and important archaeological sites and monuments. Travelers who are interested in Greek mythology and ancient ruins will have a field day here. The islands also are a perfect destination for those who want to chill out in less crowded destinations where they can hike, walk on pebble beaches and absorb a colorful local culture.
Endless beaches and unexplored islets, castles and ancient civilisations, cosmopolitan but at the same time unspoilt, these quintessentially Greek islands are above all charming and hospitable. It is an enchanted world where the sun paints pictures and the sea gives life. The mild winters and refreshing summers give the Dodecanese one of the healthiest climates in the Mediteranean. At the crossroads of three continents the Dodecanese are a powerful pole of attraction for visitors who come to them in order to enjoy the healthy climate, the sun and the sparkling clean sea. To spend their holiday the way they want to, either in a cosmopolitan environment or on a quiet shore.