The name literally translates to the “Twelve islands” and in Greece they are widely regarded as a “must visit” for the yacht charter sailor due to their beauty, their position and the typical Greek way of life they portray. In fact, there are way more than 12 islands, there are also 150 smaller islands out of which only 26 are inhabited.
Why come here
The yacht charter Dodecanese are considered to be the perfect picture of modern day Greece and still retain enough of the history and the traditions that so many look for when coming here, since Greece is the place where modern society as we know it today first appeared and developed.
The most important islands of the group are Rhodes, Astipalea, Halki, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kos, Nisyros, Patmos and Tilos. They represent some of the oldest inhabited places on Earth as well as famous holiday resorts thanks to their position in the Aegean Sea.
The yacht charter Dodecanese are the cradle of the ancient Minoan civilization, with many remnants in Rhodes town. There are also Roman ruins which can be found on the island of Rhodes and on Kos, which also happen to be the most popular yacht charter destinations from the region.
Expect to find vegetation made up from pine, cypress trees, olive groves as well as aromatic plants like oregano, thyme and lavender. This is possible thanks to the dry tropical climate which is characterized by mild winters and a prolonged summer which is hot and dry.
The yacht charter Dodecanese islands aren’t the best place for beginner skippers because of their exposure to open waters and the prevailing summer winds called the meltemi which blows from the northwest from June to September and which can reach speeds of 4 to 7 knots. Although it’s not a daily occurrence, there were periods when it blew from 5 to 10 days straight.
For the skipper this means that it’s rather hard to head north in July and August in these waters. The best time to come to the yacht charter Dodecanese is between May and October when air temperatures go as high as 35 degrees Celsius thanks to the plentiful sunshine.