Dodecanese

An archipelago of contrasts
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Holiday in the Dodecanese region

The multitude of islands in the Dodecanese Archipelago are heaven on earth for those who like to explore. Each individual island has its own unique character and welcomes visitors in its very own special way. The Dodecanese islands tend to be blessed with fantastic beaches and, maybe due to their proximity to the coast of Turkey, have managed to remain unaffected by the hustle and bustle of Athens.

As ferry connections between the islands are frequent and reliable, you can easily visit as many of the Dodecanese islands as you like in one holiday. This allows you to sample the entire range of exceptionally beautiful scenery and impressive architecture to be found in the archipelago. The islands of Kos, Karpathos and Rhodes are the best-known holiday destinations in the Dodecanese region and are served by regular flights from German airports. They also offer excellent ferry connections to minor islands in the Dodecanese and to the island of Samos.

Other highlights for sight-seers in the Dodecanese include Nisyros with its volcano, Patmos with its spectacular fortress and the cave where the Apocalypse of St John is said to have occurred, rocky Kalymnos with its sponge diving tradition, and beautiful Leros that is particularly popular with Greek holiday makers.

Islands for a Dodecanese holiday

Kalymnos
Kalymnos holiday
Kalymnos

Rugged, rocky and bare - the Island of sponge divers

Karpathos
Karpathos holiday
Karpathos

Strong winds, glorious beaches - a paradise for surfers

Kastellorizo
Kastellorizo holiday
Kastellorizo

A tiny island with the most beautiful harbour

Kos
Kos holiday
Kos

Home of Hippocrates and sensational archaeological site

Leros
Leros holiday
Leros

Authentic little island with plenty of flair

Lipsi
Lipsi holiday
Lipsi

A small, secluded island with hardly any tourism

Nisyros
Nisyros holiday
Nisyros

Best-known for its volcano and its beautiful capital

Patmos
Patmos holiday
Patmos

Place of pilgrimage for many Christians but also very popular with young people

Rhodes
Rhodes holiday
Rhodes

An island steeped in history

Symi
Symi holiday
Symi

One of the most scenic harbours in the Aegean

Tilos
Tilos holiday
Tilos

A hikers’ paradise of peaceful solitude