Dodecanese Islands Sailing

The Dodecanese Islands in the south-eastern Aegean are said to be the sunniest corner in Greece. This area is a popular destination for seasoned crews 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. 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 marina is part of the historic public port, which has been Rhode’s main port for the last 2500 years.

What’s the weather like?

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.

Expect mooring fees in most places except for bay stops. Prices vary depending on the type of harbour or marina you’re visiting and size of your yacht.