The Dodecanese are one of the sunniest regions in Europe and are ideal for an island-hopping holiday. The best-known islands include Rhodes and Kos, but Patmos, Symi and Karpathos are also popular destinations. In addition to numerous Ancient Greek sites and fabulous beaches, the Dodecanese offer varied nature, fantastic food and, for the adventurous, even the possibility of discovering unknown and mostly undeveloped islands.
Both Rhodes and Kos are suitable starting points for island hopping – both destinations can be reached directly from BER.
The Dodecanese archipelago is home to some beautiful and almost deserted islands off the beaten tourist track. These islands are characterised by their unspoilt nature, secluded beaches and small, tranquil villages. Here visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of the Greek islands and become familiar with their authentic way of life. Some of the completely uninhabited islands can also be explored: day trips and guided boat tours are offered from almost all inhabited islands, for example from Kos to the islands of Tragonisi and Strongyli or from Rhodes to Alimia and Saria.
1. Prasonisi Beach on the southern tip of Rhodes offers spectacular sunset views
2. Livadia Beach on Tilos is known for its beautiful sunsets
3. The quiet Agios Theologos Beach on Kos also offers breathtaking sunsets
4. It’s worth getting up early to see the sunrise in the pretty bay of Agia Marina on Symi
5. The flat Tsambika Beach on Rhodes is perfect for a fantastic view of the sunrise
1. From Rhodes you can reach Symi, one of the most beautiful islands in the Dodecanese
2. From Symi the journey continues to the tranquil island of Halki
3. The next stop is Karpathos, the “Caribbean of the Dodecanese”
4. From Karpathos you can take a detour to the pristine, small neighbouring island of Kasos
5. From Rhodes you can also reach Tilos and Nisyros in 2-3 hours by ferry
1. The hiking and climbing paradise of Kalymnos is just a 30-minute ferry ride from Kos
2. From Kalymnos the ferry goes to the easy-going island of Leros
3. From Leros the journey continues to the holy island of Patmos
4. From Patmos, there are short trips to the pretty little islands of Lipsi and Arki
5. There is a direct ferry connection from Kos or Kalymnos to the picturesque island of Astypalea
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