Rhodes is the largest island and capital of the Dodecanese islands complex.Rhodes is also known for The Colossus of Rhodes, a gigantic statue who had each leg on the two sides of the harbor and it is among the seven wonders of the ancient world. The statue stood at the harbor entrance, until a strong earthquake hit Rhodes about 226 BC. The beauty of its capital, its interesting sites, its many Byzantine churches together with its nightlife, the famous cuisine and its long beaches, make Rhodes one of the most popular islands of Greece.
Symi has the most beautiful harbor in Greece. On either side of a steep-sided fjord rise tier upon tier of houses, some white, some pastel yellow, but virtually all with Neo-Classical pediments – a reminder that 100 years ago this was one of Greece’s most prosperous islands. There has been virtually no modern concrete construction here and now these fine old houses are being resurrected for visitors.
A tiny island of Dodecanese, Halki is a relaxing place for a day trip from Rhodes or for short vacations. In fact, there are daily local ferries to Halki from the small port of Ancient Kamiros in Rhodes, allowing to go on the island and return in the same day. Halki is a place to enjoy long walks and secluded beaches.
Tilos is a tiny island of Dodecanese, located between Kos and Rhodes. Away from mass tourism, Tilos island is an alternative destination with secluded beaches and small villages. Livadia is the port of the island and the most tourist place.
Located very close to the coasts of Turkey, Kos island is the second most popular island of Dodecanese after Rhodes. Kos Town is a mixture of Venetian and Ottoman architecture with interesting sightseeing, such as a Medieval Castle, an Ancient Agora, a Roman Odeon and of course the famous Asklepieion, an ancient healing center, in short distance from the Town and great place to visit in your Kos holidays. The most tourist places are located on the southern side of the island, including Kardamena and Kefalos. This is where visitors can find large golden beaches with crystal water.
The endless coasts with the turquoise waters, the vegetation, the affluent water springs, the ancient and medieval monuments, as well as the impressive Italian buildings feature Kos island; the third largest island of Dodecanese complex, located just 4 miles away from the Turkish coasts.
The “Jerusalem of the Aegean”. Patmos has a strong religious past, because it is where Saint John the Divine had his revelation and wrote the Apocalypse. Patmos used to be an important place of pilgrimage and belonged to the Church. From this unique past, the impressive Monastery of Saint John and signs prohibiting nude bathing and topless are remaining. Patmos has many beauties to offer to visitors. One of the most popular beach, Vagia, is considered one of the beaches with the coldest waters in Patmos. It is located in the northeastern part of the island, after the beach of Kampos.
Samos is an island ruled by legend and beauty. It is the island of the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus and the philosopher Epicurus
On the southeastern side of the island and on the location of the ancient city of Samos, lies Pythagorio. There are several archeological sites worth visiting in the area. Visit unique archeological sites and let yourself be charmed by the wonder of nature. Other sites of Pythagorion are the statue of Pythagoras, the Castle of Likourgos, the Church of Metamorphosis, The Ephpalinos Tunnel, the Church of Spiliani with its chapel in the cave, the Roman Baths, The Lake of Glifada. To enjoy the sun and sea in crystal-clear waters.
With its beautiful coves, rocky cliffs, steep valleys and broken canopy of scrub and olive groves, Ikaria looks similar to any number of other Greek islands. But there is one vital difference: people here live much longer than the population on other islands and on the mainland. In fact, people here live on average 10 years longer than those in the rest of Europe and America – around one in three Ikarians lives into their 90s.
The island is also famous for its tradition of panygiria, or festivals.