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Dodecanese

The Dodecanese islands are located in the southeast part of the Aegean Sea and consist of twelve major islands and a number of smaller islands: Astypalea, Leros, Lipsi, Nisyros, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Patmos, Rhodes, Tilos…
Some of those Greek Islands are located at the border to Turkey.
They have everything to offer to the visitors: whitewashed houses, beautiful beaches with crystal waters, charming villages, exciting nightlife and more…

Astypalea is a small island that belongs to the Dodecanese Greek Islands.
It is located between Kos and Amorgos. Because of its small size, tourism is not much developed but it doesn’t lack the basic facilities.
However, the island worths a visit as it offers peace and transquility to its visitors as well as excellent natural beauty.

Halki is a small island of Dodecanese, very close to Rhodes.
The island distinguishes for its traditional architecture and the crystal beaches.
As tourism is not much developed, it is a perfect destination for some peace and privacy.
Note that Halki is known around the world as the island of peace and friendship, due to the annual gathering of the young people of the world.

Kalymnos is an island close to the coast of western Turkey, located between Kos and Leros.
The economy of this island was based on sponge fishing in the past.
The island opened its borders to tourism only recently, after the extinction of this activity, and became famous for the rock climbing.
This is why the inhabitants have kept their traditional way of life and customs, which is giving to the island a unique atmosphere and a lot of charm.

Karpathos is one of the beautiful Greek islands of the Dodecanese located between Rhodes and Crete.
Only the southern part of this island has been open to the slowly increasing tourism and has all the needed facilities for a pleasant holiday.
The northern part is totally unspoiled and very authentic, with various traditional and picturesque villages.
Apart from its lovely villages, the island has many beautiful beaches and very friendly inhabitants.

Kos is the third largest  island of the Dodecanese group and the second most popular and touristy island after Rhodes.
It is located between Kalymnos and Nysiros. It is very well organised and has everything in terms of tourism infrastructure.
The various charms and beauties of the island are not visible at the first sight but, after a while, the picturesque villages and the fine beaches amaze all visitors.

Leros lies in the south-east part of the Aegean Sea, between the Greek islands of Patmos and Kalymnos.
Used as a naval base by Germans and Italians and as a prison for political dissidents during the Greek dictatorship, the Greek Island has just recently been open to tourism.
This explains its lack of touristy facilities and its unspoiled and authentic character.
It is ideal for relax and calm holidays in Greece.

Patmos is one of the Dodecanese islands located north of Leros.
It is one of the most religious Greek Islands because it is where Saint John the Divine had its revelation and wrote the Apocalypse.
It used to be an important place of pilgrimage and belonged to the Church.
From this unique past, the impressive Monastery of Saint John and signs prohibiting nude bathing and topless are remaining.
It has many beauties to offer to visitors.

Rhodes  is the biggest island of the Dodecanese archipelago and is the capital of the group.
It is world known for its colossus.
It is located between Karpathos and Kos and it is, along Santorini and Mykonos, one of the most famous islands of Greece.
The capital lies outside and within the walls of a very well preserved Venetian castle, built by the Knights of Saint John.
Its interesting sites and its many Byzantine churches make this Rhodes one of the most popular islands of Greece.

Simi is a small island located between Rhodes and Kos. The island is one of those perfect Greek Islands if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing vacation with charming villages with traditional architecture and fine beaches.
The island is also famous for the Monastery of Archangel Michael, in the village of Panormitis, and for its wild landscape.

Tilos also belongs to the Dodecanese archipelago and is geographically located between Kos and Rhodes.
It is a small and remote island, which is visited by campers and people who seek for some peace.
Although its few inhabitants are making efforts to attract tourism, fortunately the island hasn’t lost its traditional and picturesque character.

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