|The Dodecanese group of islands numbers a total of 13 islands lined up in the Eastern Aegean, whose strategic position made them vulnerable to a greater large list of invaders than the rest of Greece: Egyptians, the Knights of St John, Turks and Italians have all done their bit as conquerors. Rhodes is the largest and most cosmopolitan of the Dodecanese islands and its capital town is the largest inhabited medieval settlement in Europe. Other popular islands in the Dodecanese include Kos, Symi and Patmos, while the unspoilt Lipsi and Tilos have fantastic beaches without large crowds. Agathonisi, Kastellorizo and Kassos are great places to experience traditional, serene island life.
Several islands of the Dodecanese, especially Rhodes, were settled by the ancient Greeks and figured prominently in Hellenic civilisation for many centuries. Nowadays, tourism is of major economic significance to the islands, as they all feature sunny skies, beautiful beaches and perfect tourist infrastructure and an endless list of holiday choices.
|The Dodecanese is a complex of over 163 islands and islets, of which 26 are inhabited, situated at the easternmost part of Greece, at the borders of Europe. Almost every island has its Classical remains, its Crusaders? Castle, and its traditional villages in a region where eastern and western cultures have wonderfully blended for many centuries. The most popular tourist destinations are Rhodes, Kos and Patmos, while the unspoilt Symi, Halki, Leros and Kalymnos are equally delightful without being crowded. Karpathos, Nisiros, Kastellorizo, Kassos and many other islands of the archipelago are ideal places to experience traditional, serene island life.
|Access to Rhodes and Kos is easy, with airliners serving both domestic and international transportation, connecting the region directly with most major European cities. Frequent domestic flights are also available, throughout the year, to the airports of Karpathos, Kassos and Leros.
Every major island in the Dodecanese has regular sea connections with Piraeus, Thessaloniki and Crete. Most of the islands are inter-connected with boats, hydrofoils and even traditional caiques, while some international ferry link are available mainly from Rhodes to Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt and Israel.