Dodecanese Islands

The Dodecanese Islands are located in the westernmost part of the Aegean Sea, actually closer to Turkey than to the Greek mainland. Since the word "dodeka" means "twelve" in Greek, we would love to tell you that the archipelago consists of twelve islands. In reality, however, there are many more, more than 150 to be exact, the majority of which are uninhabited. The name comes from the 12 most important islands in the group.

The best-known islands, and without doubt, the most popular with travellers, are Rhodes, Karpathos, Kos, Astypalaia, Leros, Kassos, Symi and Kalymnos. They all have the pleasure of being located in the sunniest region of Europe and, with 3000 hours of sunshine a year, are among the most popular tourism destinations. No matter which island and which season you choose for your trip, a varied holiday including fantastic beaches, traditional villages and picturesque sunsets awaits you everywhere.

Dodecanese Islands Boutique hotels

The Dodecanese Islands are perfect for an extended holiday, whether with family, friends or your partner. We look for the best hotels and accommodations in the Dodecanese Islands and only include hotels with that certain something in our programme. Stay in a romantic hotel with a sea view, a beautiful, small bed & breakfast or an extraordinary boutique hotel with a special connection to nature. The advantage of a small island: here you are always close to the sea.

Dodecanese Islands activities

On the Dodecanese Islands there is something going on all year round. Thanks to the good weather, they are by far not only a destination for the summer, but for the whole year. Numerous beaches await your visit for a day of swimming and sunbathing. A wide golden sandy beach, a secluded rocky bay or a beach with dark volcanic sand - no wishes remain unfulfilled here. Of course, there are also many opportunities to try out various water sports.

But there is plenty to discover in the interior of the islands, too. For example, on Rhodes, the largest and most touristy Dodecanese Island, you will find the Valley of the Butterflies or the Valley of the Seven Springs, where you can hike and immerse yourself in nature. On Astypalaia, don't miss the picturesque town of Chora, with its white cottages that climb up the hillside. The colourful flowers everywhere you look complete the typical Greek postcard motif.

In general, of course, the smaller and more unknown the island, the more authentic your holiday experience will be. But even on Rhodes, you will undoubtedly discover your personal favourite places.