Dodekanisa Islands (Rhodes - Kos - Karpathos - Patmos)
The Dodecanese is a complex of islands with unique beauty and great history. The complex of Dodecanese islands is known for its beautyful islands and their great history. Many of them retain their traditions intact until today. Through their history, they were the crossroad between the East and the West.
The cosmopolitan island of Rhodes offers its visitors a large variety of sights and activities. From the many important monuments such as the castle of the Knights, its rich natural environment, its beautiful beaches and the island's tourist infrastructure, can all be found by the visitor who wants a variety of options.
The island of Kos, also part of the Dodecanese, is worth visiting for its rich history, many archeological sites and monuments. The island is a popular holiday destination for families, groups and couples, as it offers many different options for entertainment, nightlife, food, activities and accommodation.
In addition, an island of a great interest is Patmos. Also, known worldwide as the "Holy Island". It was on Patmos island where Evangelist John wrote the Apocalypse. Patmos is an ideal destination for the lovers of natural landscapes and beauty.
Karpathos is another island of the Dodecanese with unspoiled beauty. It has a rich history that dates back to over 6000 years, from the Neolithic era and the time of Homer. According to legend Karpathos participated in the war against Troy. The island is known for the summer winds called Meltemia which are strong in the Southern Side of Karpathos, giving great pleasure to the surfers. Homer called it the windswept island. The island's crystal-clear waters and their serenity is an attraction for the Mediterranean seal Monachus - Monachus that lives and breeds in the rock caves of the island. The Island’s natural beauty, enchanting beaches, and unspoiled landscape, make Karpathos the ideal destination for a quiet vacation.
The Dodecanese islands has a special gastronomic interest, and each local dish is unique. Rhodes local cuisine is based on fish. These traditional dishes are, trachanas with fish, cuttlefish cooked in its own ink with grated tomatoes and dill and zucchini flowers fried and stuffed with goat cheese. Then there is the local sweet melekouni with sesame, traditionally offered at weddings and baptisms. The traditional dishes from the island of Kos are the dolmadakia, which are wrapped in vine leaves and the pasha macarouna, made from layers of leaf, minced meat and cheese called mizithra. On the Patmos island, apart from the fish dishes, the traditional dishes are the octopus stew and the goat kapama, which is served with a thick spaghetti or french-fries and cinnamon. The traditional sweet from the island of Kos looks like pouches and is filled with walnuts and honey. Furthermore, in Karpathos island, the local gastronomic dish is the unique handmade macarouna.
Tourism and Agrotourism
All the Dodecanese offer important archeological sites, sights and museums. On the island of Rhodes, we have the medieval city with its walls, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even the Valley of the Butterflies is something unique like the Acropolis of Lindos. On the island of Kos, the old town and the castle stand out. On Patmos island the Monastery of Agios Ioannis the Theologian, and the Chora of the island are the main attractions. In Karpathos, a medieval settlement of the 9th century with windmills, old wood fire ovens and small churches impresses any visitor.
In the Dodecanese islands complex, Agrotourism is also available. The guests participate in various agricultural or livestock farming activities such as in fruits and vegetables harvesting, cheese products production and so on.
Culture and History
The Dodecanese islands complex is the birthplace of the great Greek Cleovoulos Lindios, the founder of Medicine, Hippocrates the Kos, Theocritus, the bucolic poet of antiquity, as well as other outstanding personalities of Greek letters, arts and sciences.
Since the Byzantine period, the Dodecanese islands natives faithfully followed Christianity and Hellenism. However, due to their location, there were many conquerors such as the Persians, Arabs, Venetians, Genoese, Italians, Turks and others that wanted to dominate the Aegean Sea. This patchwork of civilizations has left an indelible mark on all these islands. The many archaeological findings are the proof of these periods in the history. However, the islands’ natives kept and maintained their Greek nationality, language and Greek Orthodox religion.
Their culture is special and unique. The visitors will feel the aroma of a different era and become a part of each island's history regardless how many years have gone by.