The Dodecanese area is ideal for slightly more experienced crews (level 2-3). You will experience a stunning cruising area with varied ports of call and plenty to do and see. Good sailing winds are almost guaranteed and best of all, you have the opportunity to visit some of the best parts of Greece & Turkey. This sailing area is hugely rich in history and culture, and one of our favourite destinations.
We suggest two routes. The Symi Route and the Kalymnos Route.
Fly to Kos and transfer to Kos marina for embarkation. Kos is the home of the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, and the ancient ruins of the Asklepieion medical complex are a must-see. In the town of Kos, you can hire a bike as it is the best way to explore the mainland.
Knidos (17 nm) – A scenic bay virtually surrounded by extensive ancient ruins of the same name, in a dramatic location. In the evening, you can have dinner at the solitary tavern ashore.
Datca (20 nm) – This morning you can head east along the Datca peninsula towards Datca, a bustling harbour town with a traditional feel. Dine ashore at one of the many great restaurants that you will find.
Symi (15 nm) – The stunning harbour of Symi is a great place to sail into. The amphitheatric town retains its’ traditional character and charm, whilst, it has been much renovated over the recent years. Be sure to climb the steps to the church for a superb panoramic view.
Panormitis, Symi (14 nm) – A well sheltered scenic bay surrounded by pine clad hills and dominated by the notable monastery of the archangel Michael, protector of the Seafarers.
Nisyros (36 nm) – Dominated by a still active volcano, which you can visit, this small island with its friendly habitats has a ruined Mycenaean fortress and plenty of scenic walks to wonder in.
Kos (25 nm) – Spend the day exploring the beauties of Kos. You can go to one of its stunning beaches or visit the Mountain Villages that are scattered on the green northern slopes of the Dikeos mountains and are ideal destinations for day trips. Have dinner by the sea.
Fly to Kos and transfer to the Marina. While some central streets tend to be overrun by partying tourists, most remain stylish and attractive. The port is the most appealing area of all, lined by cafes and tavernas and with an unbroken row of boats bobbing and bristling against each other along the waterfront. You can buy fresh-caught fish from makeshift stalls on the quay.
Pothia-Kalymnos (17 nm) – Known as the island of the sponge divers. The bustling harbour town boasts several museums and a lively neoclassical sea front. You will also find great cuisine.
Lipsi (30 nm) – The largest of a small group of islands to the south of Patmos. You should definitely explore the local market where you will find, amongst others, great thyme honey and other local specialities.
Patmos or Arki/Port Augusta (12nm) – You can head to Patmos, for a visit to the monastery of St John or alternatively you can visit the small island of Arki and the quiet village of Port Augusta – a sleepy little spot with just two tavernas ashore, making this area very picturesque.
Leros (21 nm) – You can moor in Lakki marina, on the south-west side of the island. There is sheer evidence of the Italian occupation in the town and there is also a wide range of facilities ashore.
Heading back towards Kos, there are a few options for either a quiet night in Emborios or Vathi on Kalymnos or a chance to explore the smaller island of Pserimos to the east of Kalymnos. Whichever destination you choose, you will definitely enjoy it.
Kos – Hire a bike to explore this attractive resort town and nearby beaches. Have dinner at a seaside tavern.