The Dodecanese are a group of Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea. They stretch from the Turkish mainland from the south towards the west to Crete in a crescent-shaped chain. The word Dodecanese is taken from the Greek word Dodekanisa, which means twelve islands. However, the Dodecanese consist of about 160 islands, but only the 12 important ones have contributed to the name of the island group.
The Dodecanese are mountain tops, like most of the Aegean islands, and tower out of the submerged Aegean basin. Vegetation is rare on the island, however not as rare as in the Cyclades as several springs irrigate the islands. Rhodes and Kos, for example, are quite green and covered with forests. The many bays, beaches and the unique landscape will make any charterer’s visit a pleasurable one.
In summer, the Meltemi prevails, it blows infrequently in June and increases over time until it dies down completely in September. In spring and autumn the wind comes more from the south-east with a wind force of up to 4 on the Beaufort scale. In winter, too, the south-east wind prevails here, storms however approach from the N or S.
The summers are very hot. Temperatures can reach 35 °C and the Meltemi only provides a slight breeze. Charterers will find it easier to sail north to south in the peak season, or they will need to beat their boat strongly to get to the north. In the off-season, however, the north wind makes it easier to sail to the Eastern Sporades or the north of Greece.