Yacht Charter Dodecanese Islands
Yacht Cruise Guides to Destinations around the Dodecanese Islands
The Dodecanese Islands lie in the south east of the Aegean, offshore from mainland Turkey's top tourist region. It is commonly referred to as the Turquoise Coast with the blue skies a match for the beautiful warm and clear waters. There are few better places to enjoy a relaxing holiday, sailing the peaceful waters and visiting some of the lovely Greek Islands.
Kos is a popular tourist Island just a short distance due west of the popular Turkish resort of Bodrum. Its impressive harbour includes a Byzantine castle built in the 7th Century and used by the Knights of St. John faced the Persians. The Town of Kos is a lively place with many bars and restaurants yet the Island has much more to attract visitors.
Rhodes is the main Island in the Dodecanese and has regular connections with Marmaris on the Turkish Mainland. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and often fairly busy. However, there is around 200 kilometres of coastline so there is never any need to mingle with crowds, especially if you have the flexibility of a charter yacht.
Symi is a small island off the Datca Peninsula of Turkey. It has an intimate little harbour that is instantly recognisable as Greek. The population of Symi has dwindled in recent decades but the 2,500 inhabitants are boosted by the number of tourists who arrive on the Island through the long holiday season.
REASONS TO VISIT DODECANESE ISLANDS
- Historical Attractions
- Fresh Mediterranean Cuisine, Greek & Turkish
- Beautiful Weather throughout the Summer
- Calm and Clear Blue Seas
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Once winter recedes, the climate that these Islands enjoy is excellent. Most days are cloudless and the chance of rain virtually non-existent. In the height of summer, temperatures soar well through the 30s each day while at night, the hours are pleasantly warm until the sun rises again.
Greek is the local language but English is widely understood and spoken in the main towns on the Island.
The Euro is the currency of these Greek Islands.
The Dodecanese Islands are one hour behind the UK all year around.
Fly to: Rhodes and Kos both have airports that receive charter flights from throughout Europe once the tourist season begins. In addition, tourists who want to charter a yacht may fly to Milas-Bodrum or Dalaman to begin their holiday from South West Turkey. Flight times average just over 4 hours.
The route between Rhodes and Kos goes down the Datca Peninsula and then heads north. There are several alternatives when it comes to marinas and they include ones in Turkey; Bozborun, Datca and Bodrum to mention just three.
Rhodes is a busy port that has a host of berths for yachts, as well as repair and maintenance services. Mandraki Marina is part of the tradition port of Rhodes and is very much public. The alternatives on Rhodes for those wanting private facilities can check with Rhodes Marina, Kolona Emborikos Port and Nea Marina.