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The Dodecanese Islands are the most popular international destination in Greece, holding a prominent place in the history of Greek tourism.
Its variety in landscape, clean beaches, quaint settlements, historical monuments and modern Greek lifestyle have promoted the area to the most popular international destination in Greece.
The Group is divided into three zones, each with a varying tourist development pace. The largest islands of Rhodes and Kos boast excellent tourist infrastructure, a wide range of accommodation ranging from luxurious hotel units to inexpensive self-catering rental rooms, as well as an infinite selection of night entertainment, activities and sports.
The smaller and still developing islands have contemporary tourist units, absolutely in harmony with the island environment. They have developed into a refuge for eclectic visitors seeking rejuvenation through an authentic experience in island life.
Symi
The islands are interconnected with frequent flights and sea-schedules; there are frequent connections between the larger islands and major cities on the mainland.
Geography, cultural tradition and the high quality level of available tourist services and infrastructure have promoted the area to an ideal destination for incentive tourism. Already flourishing on Rhodes and Kos, the congress market in the Dodecanese was asserted with the successful informal and formal ministerial meetings held here during the Greek EU presidency.
Kastelorizo
The small distances between islands, the organised upgrading of the marinas and a notable offer of yachts for rent offer ideal sea escapades. An ultra-modern marina is operating on Kos, while a new marina and other relative installations are under construction on Rhodes and a number of smaller islands.
There is a wide range of sports available, including wind-surfing, diving, climbing, all made possible by a suitable natural environment and the operation of appropriate services and infrastructure.
Leros
There is still room for further development in religious tourism. Patmos, where the Book of the Revelations was written by John the Baptist, has turned into a very popular destination for visitors on a pilgrimage.
The variety and uniqueness of the area’s cultural resources are owed to a continuous human presence since the prehistoric times. The cultural influences, distinguished in the buildings, architecture, music, tradition and language paint the history of the Eastern Mediterranean where the coexistence of elements of Greek classical and Byzantine culture with western-like and eastern characteristics creates a strong comparative advantage.
Both Rhodes and Kos have a long tradition in therapeutic tourism that will be reactivated through the renovation and operation of relative centres under contemporary standards. A large number of thalassotherapy units operate in leading hotels.
Kos