Islands of pristine beauty and unique culture, the Dodecanese archipelago offers an idyllic destination for a sailboat charter. You can rent a boat from Rhodes, Samos or Kos and set sail to explore all the dazzling nearby islands, and their breathtaking coastlines. You’ll encounter lush forests, impressive mountains, sandy coves and striking turquoise waters as you cruise, and head on land to discover the awe-inspiring history of Rhodes or for unbelievable views on Samos. Also with multiple airports serving seasonal flights from Europe and all year round connections from Athens, you’ll be at your charter base in no time, so book now and get ready for a memorable sail in one of Europe’s gems!
The island of Rhodes is one of the most famous of the Dodecanese islands, and is home to some of the most fascinating history. The Old Town is the largest medieval city in Europe, and definitely worth spending some time getting lost in the charming cobbled back-streets during your sailboat charter, to uncover some of the incredible heritage of the island. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum or Filerimos Byzantine castle. Located 20km from the city, the castle perches on top of Filerimos hill, surrounded by lush pine forest, making for stunning afternoon strolls under the trees, protected from the heat of the sun!
One of Kos’ best-known attractions is its beaches. With 112km of coastline to navigate during your sailboat charter, you will not be short of choice, with a beach to suit every preference. If you’re a fan of watersports and want a lively beach bar atmosphere, sail to Lambi beach which is located near the town centre, and is home to glorious sands, and has been awarded the blue flag. Agios Stefanos is a very different experience, the beach is located right next to ruins of early Christian temples – only a few metres from the water! Or if you’re looking for peace and tranquility, moor your sailboat and venture to the remote, exotic Polemi Beach (favoured by many naturists), or Limnionas Beach, where a rocky bay lies in between cliffs, and looks out onto the most dazzling turquoise waters; a perfect stop during your boat rental.
The Dodecanese islands are often dubbed one of the most stunning destinations not only for sailboat charters in Greece, but for any explorer. Samos is home to breathtaking mountains such as Kerketef, which stands at 1437m high – one of the highest in the Aegean, and picturesque mountain villages such as Vourliotes, which is home to charming colourful buildings and houses, which will give you a taste of authentic Greek life. The island is also home to various isolated beaches, so if you’re navigating the west coast, make sure to moor your sailboat near Paleochori or Kallithea villages so find some of the most remote patches of sand. You can simply wander the lush green landscapes, through fragrant pines, olive and citrus groves… It’s truly a haven of natural beauty.
The cuisine of the Dodecanese islands closely resembles typical Greek dishes, but with its own twist. Utilising local produce, the classic Mediterranean ingredients include tomato or olive oil-based dishes. If you navigate the waters of Rhodes during your sailboat charter, try delicacies such as ‘Avranies’, a local asparagus dish cooked with oil and onions, or try some of the freshest fish in ‘Psaria marinata’: fish marinated in rosemary, olive oil, salt, vinegar and pepper!
Sailing the Dodecanese islands is synonymous with heavenly weather conditions. You’ll likely encounter mild winds for a smooth sail, with high temperatures in the summer months, creating the perfect climate for a sailboat charter.
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