A cluster of twelve islands in the southeastern edge of the Aegean, jewels of all sizes decorating the big blue sea: the Dodecanese form a bridge between Europe and the East and everywhere you’ll see traces of peoples and cultures that made their mark over the centuries: Ionians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and Italians. Each island has a character all its own and all offer a plethora of opportunities for relaxation, sightseeing, adventures and gastronomical pleasure – with a backdrop of stunningly beautiful beaches.
Purity, tranquility, hospitality, beautiful beaches and hidden treasures: The ideal place for an offbeat holiday. It’s been dubbed “The Butterfly of the Aegean,” partly because of its peculiar shape and partly because of the beauty of the landscape. For those willing to travel off the beaten track, it’s love at first sight. Many stay forever devoted to this island of white light, with its crystal-clear water and hospitable residents.
It is obvious from the moment you cast your eyes on the gorgeous harbour that Halki is ready to reveal its genuine treasures to you. The absence of vehicles, the serenity which has settled over the entire island and the romantic atmosphere enthralls the visitor. Everything moves at a relaxed pace, set by the laid-back attitude of its locals. You will enjoy walks in the stone-paved alleys amongst stately homes and restored houses, colored with a painter’s full palette; dive into limpid waters; take time out with ouzo and backgammon and savour the traditional culinary fare.
Home of the famous sponge divers, this island is ideal for modern-day adventurers and aspiring rock climbers! The Kalymnian landscape is rocky, its majestic mountain slopes fragrant with thyme, sage and oregano – essential ingredients in the delicious honey for which the island is famous. Fertile valleys offer pleasing contrast, especially Vathi with its turquoise fiord and peaceful groves of citrus fruit. Picturesque landscapes for walking, clear blue seas for snorkeling or scuba-diving, rock faces of unique quality for climbing and a warm-hearted hospitality are just some of the pleasures that await the visitor.
Wild, untouched beauty, sculpted by winds, customs and centuries-old traditions! It holds on dearly to its past in its ancient acropolis, caves, churches and even its traditional dress. An island blessed with an abundance of streams, pine-tree forests, vineyards, olive groves, rocky caves (which are actually home to monachus monachus) and mountainous landscapes, Kárpathos is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and lovers of deep-rooted tradition.
Primeval landscapes of natural beauty, ancient history, living traditions and nobility in one of the last strongholds of the old, authentic Greece. In the words of a famous Greek poet and lyricist, Kasos island is “a kiss imparted by the foam-decked sea”. Rocky and unusual, it is a far cry from the standard mass tourism destination; a very special experience for any visitor. With houses of old-world charm in hamlets retaining their authenticity, pristine beaches and warm-hearted residents.
At the easternmost end of Greece, a stone’s throw away from the Turkish coast. Its main settlement is filled with cheerfully painted houses of exceptional architecture, awe-inspiring churches and picturesque alleys. Taste the island’s traditional sweets Katoumári and Stráva, and sail to Galazio Spileo, the largest and most spectacular sea cave in Greece. Don’t forget to visit the nearby legendary island of Ro where the famous “Lady of Ro” Despina Achladioti used to raise the Greek flag every day.
On the edge of the Dodecanese, Kos is a feast of emotion, experience and excitement. Tall palm trees, endless sandy beaches, alternating landscapes and numerous archaeological sites and attractions left by ancient Greeks, Romans, mediaeval knights, Venetians and Ottomans make Kos more than just a pretty face.
This corner of the Aegean Sea, where song and rhythm, sun and sea co-exist harmoniously, was chosen by the goddess Artemis to build her throne. If you are looking to spend peaceful holidays in a pure, dreamy environment with pine trees, olive groves and low plains with freshwater streams, then Leros is your destination! Swim in azure seas, admire exquisite works of Italian architecture in the capital of the island, wander around centuries-old magnificent castles or go scuba diving to explore ship wrecks lying on the seabed since the Second World War.
Unspoilt Aegean colour for peaceful holidays with a scent of authenticity and pristine nature that will enthrall you. A small speck of land surrounded by 24 islets, forming a glittering necklace, awaits you for a dreamy holiday. Enjoy swimming, diving and fishing in crystal clear waters of exceptional beauty. Wander along its alleyways, take in its sights, taste the local cuisine, live life the way locals do by participating in their celebrations which continue to cherish the values and customs of the island. A unique life experience is in store for you on a small island which radiates character and self-confidence.
Take the opportunity to visit an unspoiled destination formed by volcanic eruptions. It is rather impressive that today Nisyros is still an active volcanic center! One of the hidden treasures of the Aegean; the small, round island of Nisyros. Well off the beaten track, it has kept a retro atmosphere but in recent years more and more people, drawn to its natural phenomena, have discovered it has other charms as well.