Sailing in the Dodecanese
The Dodecanese are a diverse and rewarding group of 12 main islands and numerous small islets, nestled along the Turkish coast in the south-eastern Aegean Sea. You’ll find an exciting mix between ancient historical sites, deserted islands and busy towns offering some fantastic nightlife.
Our base islands of Kos and Rhodes are broadly popular, welcoming a large number of tourists each year. Sailing here offers sailors the opportunity to enjoy the liveliness of these two bases and then the greater thrill of sailing away to enjoy the peaceful, unspoilt and diverse outer islands. It is with these smaller islands that you'll fall in love, enjoy their sandy beaches, warm waters, rich history, enchanting character, Venetian architecture, Byzantine churches and medieval castles.
Highlighting once more the wonderful freedom that sailing holidays offer, the Dodecanese actually has far more islands accessible by yacht than the 12 that are widely quoted. Sail away from the ferry routes to smaller, unspoilt islands, with their sandy beaches, beautifully clear waters and welcoming traditional Greek tavernas.
The choices for a one week yacht charter in the Dodecanese is generally split into two - the islands above Kos and those below, which include Rhodes. Above Kos, the islands which notably include Kalymnos, Lipsi and Patmos are generally laid out north to south, the same as the prevailing wind. This should be noted, particularly if the winds are blowing strongly as they tend to do so during mid and peak season.
The islands between Kos and Rhodes, which include Nisyros, Tilos, Chalki and the wonderful Symi are more lateral to the wind, which makes for easier sailing.