The Dodecanese Islands in the south-eastern Aegean are said to be the sunniest corner in Greece. This area is a popular destination for a seasoned crew with its appealing sailing conditions, warm climate and its historical sights.
There are two bases in which to explore the Dodecanese Islands from, Kos or Rhodes. With easy access to both islands from the UK it's an easy destination to reach. It's an area where you can enjoy some great sailing between the islands, dipping into coves along the way.
We think this area is great for crews who like a bit of adventure in a windier destination, don't think ruins ruin a holiday and are maybe looking for a late season sail.
You can choose from either Kos or Rhodes to venture into the Dodecanese Islands.
Kos (30 minutes from Kos airport) – there are two bases in Kos, one is a marina with all the modern facilities needed. The second base is in a small Greek village with local bakeries, shops and facilities nearby.
Rhodes (25 minutes from Rhodes airport) – the marina is part of the historic public port, which has been Rhode's main port for the last 2500 years.
A windy destination for experienced sailors, the meltimi blows through the islands reaching its peak in July and August with an average wind speed of force 4 – 6, with occasional gusts up to a force 7. It pays to pay attention to weather forecasts in the local area. At the beginning and end of the season, May and October, you will find an average wind speed of force 3 – 5.
Being so close to Turkey, this area of Greece enjoys the benefits of longer warmer seasons than other areas in Greece.
The beauty of sailing in Greece is that you will often find there are no mooring fees when staying on a town quay. If the local port authorities do come along, and ask you to pay, then you can expect no more than €10 for a 38ft yacht; note this is very very rare.
To get to Kos you can fly with EasyJet from London Gatwick and Glasgow. British Airways also have flights from London Gatwick and London Heathrow. If you're flying from the north west, then Aegean Airlines and Thomson Airways have flights from Manchester.
If venturing to Rhodes, Thomson Airways have got it covered with flights from Bournemouth, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Birmingham, London Luton, Bristol, Manchester and Newcastle. Also EasyJet have flights from Liverpool and London Gatwick.