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Rhodes Cair
Melissokomiki Dodecanese
Giannis Gavalas
Rhodes Brewery Papadimitriou
Aigaion Kampylafkas
Ela Gourmet
Eliana Bakery
Amorgiano Honey
description

The island complex of the Dodecanese in south-eastern Aegean is the sunniest corner in Greece. Twelve large islands and numerous smaller ones with crystal clear waters, sandy or pebbly beaches, important archaeological finds, imposing Byzantine and medieval monuments and unique traditional settlements are waiting to be discovered. If you are desperately seeking to discover lesser-known, unspoiled destinations visit Leros or Pserimos. But there is always Rhodes and Kos, larger and more cosmopolitan islands awaiting to offer you striking and treasured memories. Just take your pick!

Wander around Rhodes magnificent Old City, walk along the impressive avenue with the Palm Trees in Kos, visit Kalymnos known as "the island of the sea sponge harvesters".  Patmos will take your breath away with the stunning beauty of Hóra, a carefully preserved medieval settlement with narrow, maze-like alleys and stone-built houses, Karpathos, an island blessed with an abundance of streams, pine-tree forests, vineyards, olive groves, rocky caves and mountainous landscapes.  Swim in azure seas, admire exquisite works of Italian architecture in Ayia Marina, the capital of the island, wander around centuries-old magnificent castles, or go scuba diving to explore ship wrecks in Leros.  Don't forget to relax in the small islands: Pserimos, Telendos, Tilos, Arki, Marathi, Kassos, Simi, Halki, Nisiros, Lipsi, Agathonissi, Kastelorizo.

what to buy
  • Wine
  • Soumada
  • Rhodes Cordialdolino liqueur
  • Thyme honey, Andimachia honey, Astipalaia honey
  • Rhodes melekouni
  • Astypalaia saffron
  • Astypalaia kitrinokouloura (cookies with saffron)
  • Karpathos makarounes (type of pasta)
  • Leros mizithra, krasotiro, ladotiro (types of cheese)
  • Patmos kalathoto (type of cheese)
  • Leros salt mackerel
  • Leros thyme
  • Herbs from Kos
what to see
  • Archaeological site of Lindos, Ialyssos and Kamiros in Rhodes
  • The medieval town of Rhodes
  • Rhodes archaeological museum
  • Butterfly valley of Rhodes
  • Hippocrates plane tree in Kos
  • The holy monastery of the Apocalypse and the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse in Patmos 
  • Olympus village in Karpathos, one of the most beautiful villages in Greece
  • Nisyros craters
  • Hora (capital) of Astypalaia
  • Halki
  • The blue cave in Kastelorizo
  • Panormitis monastery in Simi
  • Kalymnos climbing festival
  • The medieval town of Rhodes
  • Rhodes archaeological museum
  • Butterfly valley of Rhodes
  • Archaeological site of Lindos, Ialyssos and Kamiros in Rhodes
  • Hippocrates plane tree in Kos
  • The holy monastery of the Apocalypse and the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse in Patmos
  • Olympus village in Karpathos, one of the most beautiful villages in Greece
  • Nisyros craters
  • Hora (capital) of Astypalaia
  • Halki
  • The blue cave in Kastelorizo
  • Panormitis monastery in Simi
  • Kalymnos climbing festival
  • Scuba-diving in Leros and Telendos
  • Sunrise at Astypalaia windmills
  • Swim everywhere
  • Scuba-diving in Leros and Telendos
  • Sunrise at Astypalaia windmills
  • Swim everywhere
what to taste

Rhodes local cuisine is filled with unusual dishes such as the 'matsi', small local pasta with chick peas and tahini sauce, and 'Tahini' soup. Chick pea fritters called pittaroudia, are an island specialty. One of the most unusual dishes is the cyclamen leaves rolled up with a meat stuffing like dolmades and the cyclamen sweet spoon which is the bulb of the cyclamen plant, picked wild, preserved in sugar syrup.  The varieties of Athiri and Amorgiano are Rhode's most significant wine grapes. 

Try Karpathos homemade pasta, Lipsi cherry tomatoes and sweet red wine, Patmos kalathoto cheese, Leros krasotiro, ladotiro and mizithra (all types of cheese), Astypalaia honey, Astypalaia saffron. 

One of Kos famous products is its delicious honey, produced in the area of Antimachia. Another tasteful product is the Posa cheese made of goat's milk, later treated with red wine. The local traditional white drink of soumada is made of almonds and constitutes a delightful refreshment. Visitors in Kos are also prompted to try baklava and the island's famous tomato sweets.

Try local dishes on each island.


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articles about Dodecanese

The Island Where People Forget to Die

In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He'd survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his...

recipes from Dodecanese

Melekounia

On the island of Rhodes it's tradition to offer melekounia at weddings or christenings. The relatives and the friends of the bride and groom gather before the wedding and celebrate as they...