Route Suggestion Dodecanese – Sail around the Greec Islands

Route Suggestion Dodecanese

Sail the impossibly clear waters of the Dodecanese in Greece, and reach idyllic harbors and pebbled beaches on the diverse islands.

  1. Rhodes - Rhodes Town
  2. Symi - Gialos Harbor
  3. Kos - Kos Harbor
  4. Nisyros - Nisyros Harbor
  5. Tilos - Livadia
  6. Chalki - Emporios
  7. Return to Rhodes


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. Symi is a rocky island of only 67 square kilometers. The harbor of Gialos has an idyllic waterfront and several restaurants and shops. During the summer months the Symi Festival takes place, and cultural events are held in the historic buildings of the island. The island of Kos has an interesting history - it was birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and is the home of the Castle of the Knights of Saint John. It is possible to anchor on the east side of the harbor under the castle. Both the castle and the tree under which Hippocrates taught his pupils are worth visiting. Nisyros is a round, volcanic island, and it is possible to walk to the crater of the dormant Nisyros Volcano. Livadia is a suitable harbor for anchor on the small and tranquil island of Tilos. Tilos consists mainly of mountainous countryside, and hiking enthusiasts will particularly enjoy this island. The Megalo Chorio church or the 15th century St. Pandeleimonas Monastery may also be of interest. Chalki is a lovely little island to visit, and the village of Emporios has several cafes, tavernas and shops. From Chalki, it is 33 nautical miles back to Rhodes Town.

Sailing Conditions

The Dodecanese is lively sailing area that can be challenging at times. The Meltemi often blows strongly from the Northwest/ West between July and October. It generally blows between 4 and 6 Beaufort but can reach 7 or 8. Gusts can be stronger on the leeward side of the islands, especially around Kos, Nisyros and Tilos.


  • Kos Marina
  • Mandraki Marina, Rhodes


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