Region of South Aegean Capital town: Rodos Area: Population:
The twelve Dodecanese islands of Rhodes, Kos, Karpathos, Kalymnos, Patmos, Leros, Symi, Halki, Tilos, Nissyros, Astypalaia, Kassos, Kastelorizo, Leipsoi and Agathonisi are spread like a pearl necklace in the crossroads of three continents.
Many conquerors from both Western and Eastern civilisations came by these islands, leaving behind marks of their presence. Nature also created landscapes that magnetise visitors. The Dodecanesians continue to keep their traditions alive.
Each island has its own unique style; a trip to the Dodecanese can truly fulfill every desire. The most cosmopolitan destinations are the islands of Rhodes and Kos; there also heavenly islets where you could live in luxury and swim in your own private beach.
The habitation of the Dodecanese dates back to the Neolithic Era. Until 1500 BC the islands had been inhabited by Minoans and then by Mycenaeans. Trade became the source of the islands’ wealth. In 42 BC, the Dodecanese were looted and their decline began.
In 515 AD a powerful earthquake destroyed the islands. In 1082 AD the Venetian influence began. In 1309, Rhodes was sold to the Joannites Knights; in 1523 the Ottomans prevailed. In 1911 began the Italian dominance and in 1946 the islands were annexed into the Greek State.
How to get there
• There are airport facilities in the following islands: Rhodes (2241088700) – Kos (2242056000) – Karpathos (2245091020) – Astypalaia (2243061410) –Kalymnos – Kassos (2245041587) – Leros (2247022275) – Kastelor