Dodecanese sailing area - Sailing in the eastern Aegean Sea

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Boats for rent in: Dodecanese


In the area of the Dodecanese the strong wind Meltemi blows. Beginners and families recommended to sail in the transitional periods.

  • Moderate infrastructure 
  • High winds
  • Many bays
  • Season: March to October
  • Mediterranean climate

The Dodecanese is a group of islands in the eastern Aegean Sea between Crete, the Cyclades and the Turkish coast. The archipelago consists of 200 islands, between Patmos in the north and Kasos in the south. In addition to the 12 main islands (Rhodes, Astypalia, Kalimnos, Karpathos, Kassos, Kos, Leros, Nissiros, Patmos, Symi, Tilos and Halki), there are many more small islands in the Dodecanese. There are plenty of fantastic beaches and interesting cultural sites in the Dodecanese. The capital Rhodes, founded in 408 BC, lies on the northern tip of the island. The sights of Rhodes include the Grand Master's Palace of St John, the Suleiman Mosque, the old city wall, the aquarium and Mandraki port. The town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

The island of Kos is situated in the center of the Dodecanese and is a good base for sailing trips. It has one of the most modern marinas in Greece and is ideal for Yacht Charter Dodecanese. The island hosts the Dodecanese Cup every October and is very popular with sailors. Besides Kos, there are also good boat rental possibilities on Samos and Rhodes. These three islands are great starting points and also have their own airports. One can also travel to the islands by ferry from Athens. Sporting crews can go directly from Athens or Lavrion to the Dodecanese, and the route is about 270 miles. Symi and Halki are among the most beautiful islands in the area and should definitely be visited on a route beginning in Rhodes. 

During the summer months, the Meltemi wind has a pleasant and cooling effect. It comes from the west and averages at around 4 Bft. One should not underestimate the wind in the high season as it can reach strengths of 8 Bft. Less experienced sailing crews could find the strong north wind and wave activity difficult. South of the island of Karpathos the Meltemi can blow at 5 to 7 Bft for several weeks. This is an ideal spot for wind surfers.

Marinas and harbours in the Dodecanese sailing area 

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  • Kalamaki Harbour
  • Skiathos Main Harbour
  • Chalki Harbour
  • Marina Aghia
  • Mandraki Marina
  • Parikia Marina
  • Vlychada Marina

Sailing Routes Dodecanese

Sail the impossibly clear waters of the Dodecanese in Greece, and reach idyllic harbors and pebbled beaches on the diverse islands. Rhodes is the center of the Dodecanese, and has a plethora of boats available for charter. Rhodes Town is an impressive medieval walled town where the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world once stood. From here we suggest sailing to the small island of Symi... more

Airports nearby Dodecanese

  • Athens International airport Eleftherios Venizelos
  • Alexandros Papadiamantis international airport
  • Kos International airport "Hippocrates“
  • Naxos island national airport
  • Rhodos International airport
  • Samos International airport - "Aristarchos of Samos"
  • Santorini (Thira) Island National Airport 
  • Syros Island National airport 
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Climate & Weather in Dodecanese

The Dodecanese experiences a Mediterranean climate. The summer is long and the sailing season begins in March. In the months of July and August temperatures rise well above 30 °C, but relatively low humidity and a cooling breeze makes the heat bearable. From May to September there is usually little rain. Even in late autumn, temperatures rarely drop below 20 °C.