With an area of about 2260 km2, the Dodecanese islands present suggestive landscapes, with traditional villages, medieval castles and ancient monasteries. Except Rhodes and Kos, all the islands of the Dodecanese archipelago are very small, with an area almost always below of 100 km2! Almost all of them have rocky and jagged coasts, often steep and sheer to the sea, and with the exception of the island of Rhodes covered by luxuriant vegetation, they appear as arid outcrops of limestone which, in contrast with the blue of the sea draw intense scenarios.
Today tourism has taken over and has supplanted traditional economic activities such as fishing and agriculture which were once the only forms of livelihood for the populations of the archipelago.
To spend a holiday in the Dodecanese it is advisable to reach the islands of Rhodes or Kos by ship or plane, where the main ports of the archipelago are located, and from here continue to the chosen destination. Surely the best way to visit the islands is to rent a moped, even if almost all of them have a good bus service that allows you to reach most of the most beautiful and hidden beaches.
A separate discussion must be made for the island of Rhodes which, with its 1398 km2 of surface, requires a car to be able to explore it all from side to side; according to mythology this island was born from the love between the god Helios and the nymph Rhoda, from which the island took its name.
Coniferous woods, typical Mediterranean vegetation, citrus and tobacco crops and vines cover the island, much loved by European tourists for its mild climate all year round!
History buffs here will certainly not be disappointed as the whole island is rich in archaeological sites from various eras, and despite the various restorations, Rhodes still preserves its medieval buildings very well.
It is precisely from this splendid island that we advise you to embark on your itinerary in the Dodecanese, perhaps starting with a visit to the nearby island of Simi continuing to Karpathos, and then passing through all the others until you reach the distant and by now famous island of Kastellorizo .