SAILING IN DODECANESE ISLANDS
The Dodecanese Island complex lies in the south-eastern Aegean Sea. Although its name literally means 12 (dodeca) islands (nisia), it actually consists of 14 main islands (Rhodes, Kos, Patmos, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Astypalaia, Leros, Nisyros, Symi, Tilos, Halki, Lipsi, Kasos, Kastelorizo) and numerous smaller islets.
Being the remotest Greek island group, the Dodecanese islands became part of Modern Greece not earlier than 1948, Nevertheless, locals retained a very strong Greek identity and are famous for their hospitality and laid-back lifestyle. The islands' history has left a legacy of important and diverse archaeological sites, impressive Byzantine churches and medieval castles, which make each island very unique.
The Dodecanese island complex with its 163 islands and islets is a true sailing paradise and a great yachting destination all year round due its mild climate. In fact, it is considered to be the sunniest corner of Greece and its climate is commonly considered to be the best in the Mediterranean.
The prevailing wind during the summer (June to September) is the so called "Meltemi" wind, that blows from the North West with average forces of 4-6 BFT and occasionally with forces of 7 or even 8 BFT. This occurs mainly during July and August, when the "Meltemi" wind reaches its full strength. At that time, attention needs to be taken especially in the lesser protected area between Astypalea and Karpathos. During spring and autumn, the wind is much milder, blowing at forces of 2-4 BFT from the southeast.
The Dodecanese island complex is a perfect yachting destination all year round due to its exceptional mild weather. 14 main islands and more than 160 islets give you endless flexibility in choosing a route that suits you.
Marina Mandraki on Rhodes and Marina Kos are the two main charter bases from where you can start your trip. Both of the islands have an international airport, thus can easily be reached.
Popular destinations that can be reached during a one-week charter, starting in Rhodes are the following: Symi, Nissiros, Kos, Tilos, and Chalki. Starting in Kos you might consider Kalymnos, Leros, Agathonisi, and Patmos if you want to sail north or Nissiros, Tilos, Chalki, Rhodes, and Symi if you want to sail south.