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Destinations Kos
Destinations Rhodos
Destinations Samos
Destinations Kastelorizo
Destinations Kalymnos

See the map below for the Dodecanese sailing area in Greece.

Sailing Dodecanese islands in Greece

Located at the South-Eastern end of Greece, the Dodecanese is a group of islands in the Aegean Sea. Although this area consists of 163 total islands and islets, of which 26 are inhabited, only twelve (Dodeca) of those are the major ones - giving the area its name.  The barren landscape (Rhodos and Kos are excluded!) along with the cultivate green are the main characteristics of this destination. Offering stunning beauty and very good facilities, the Dodecanese islands are among the most cosmopolitan holiday spots in the Mediterranean.

Sail Dodecanese islands in Greece, Aegean

The climate, around the Dodecanese islands, is dry and warm (sometimes very warm!) with average temperatures from 18 (64,4F) to 31 (87,8F) degrees celsius from April to October. During the summer period in the Dodecanese, Meltemi is the prevailing wind blowing from North-West at force 4-6. On the contrary, in spring and autumn the winds are usually less strong than in the open Aegean Sea blowing from South-East.

Moderate to advanced sailing skills are required to sail the Dodecanese islands!

Lying to the East of the Cyclades islands, off the Southwest coast of Turkey, Dodecanese islands offer some of the most interesting sailing itineraries. If you wish to discover something out of the common “twelve islands”, Kastelorizo is your place. It is situated at the extreme South-Eastern corner of Greece, at a distance of 72 miles from Rhodes and 1 mile from the Turkish coast. Even though Kastelorizo island has very few inhabitants (50 inhabited houses), they are all very hospitable and wait on the port to welcome the tourists. It is worth sailing there! Due to the Dodecaneses proximity to Turkey sailors can sail the Turkish coast as well (after going through the customs procedure).

The history of the Dodecanese islands is very rich and has been much influenced by two different civilizations: in 1522 the islands were occupied by the Turks and in 1912 by the Italians. Thousands of places of interest attract many sightseeing lovers around the year. Archaeological and folk art museums, castles and medieval buildings are only some examples.

Kos marina in the Dodecanese sailing area, Greece

Kos Marina in Kos island, the old Mandraki harbour in Rhodos island as well as the Pythagorion marina in Samos island are the charter bases for Galazio Sailing & the Dodecanese. All these three bases are close to airports/ ports with daily ferry connections to and from Athens (Piraeus port) and daily normal (or direct charter flights) from many capitals around the world.

See a descriptive website for the Dodecanese area/ islands: 

See some of the islands/ approaches included in the Dodecanese sailing area:
Astypalea, Kalymnos, Karpathos & Kasos, Kastelorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Arkii & Fourni, Leros, Nissiros, Patmos, Rhodos, Samos, Symi, Tilos.

NOTE: Samos island is geographically a part of the East Sporades islands, but for the sailors it could be included into the Dodecanese area.

See the photo gallery for the Dodecanese islands

  For information on the charter bases for Dodecanese Islands click here.

  For information on the possible routes / itineraries for Dodecanese Islands click here.

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