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Dodecanese

Scattered against the coast of Turkey , the Dodecanese , or Twelve Islands , are the farthest Greek island group from the mainland. Closer to Asia Minor than to Ath­ens , these islands have experienced more invasions than the central parts of the country. In ancient times, the Dodecanese flourished before falling to Alexander the Great. A favourite target of evangelizing biblical luminaries including St. Paul and St. John , the inhabitants of the islands were some of the first Greeks to con­vert to Christianity. The islands prospered in the early Byzantine years, before suf­fering from raids that later hurt the entire empire. Crusaders stormed through during the 14th century, building heavily fortified castles as bases for their reli­gious wars. The Ottomans ousted them in 1522, and the lucky Dodecanese received special concessions for their proximity to Turkey . The Dodecanese ulti­mately joined the Greek nation in 1948 after fighting fiercely in WWII.

Eclectic architecture is the most visible legacy of all these comings and goings: Classical ruins, castles built by Crusaders, and Ottoman mosques all coexist. Travellers who venture here will find landscapes ranging from Rhodes 's fertile hills to the volcanic terrain of Nisyros. Kos 's hopping nightlife, the apocalyptic beauty of Patmos , the secluded beaches of Karpathos , and the hidden glory of Kalymnos are sure to entice even the most discriminating traveller.



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 Greatland Villas
Greatland Villas, Gennadi
Located in Kiotari, the beachfront Greatland Villas offer fully equipped units, each with a private pool, hot tub and views of the Aegean Sea and the garden. Free WiFi access is available in all more...
 La Playa Boutique Apartments
La Playa Boutique Apartments, Masouri
Located on the beachfront in Masouri, La Playa Boutique Apartments has a terrace. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available. more...
 Lindos Vigli Private Villa
Lindos Vigli Private Villa, Lindos
Lindos Vigli Private Villa is a detached, private 2-bedroom villa with an outdoor hot tub, located in Líndos Village. more...
 12 Islands Villas
12 Islands Villas, Kolimbia
Located 984 feet from the beach of Kolympia in Rhodes, 12 Islands is a complex of spacious, self-catered villas. more...
 Apollonia Hotel
Apollonia Hotel, Masouri
Apollonia Hotel Apartments are in Massouri, 5 miles from the main port of Pothia. It offers apartments with private verandas with stunning views of the sea and the islet Telendos. more...
 Pefki Islands
Pefki Islands, Pefki Rhodes
Featuring an outdoor pool, restaurant and garden, Pefki Islands is located in Pefkos village in Rhodes. It offers car hire services and apartments with a balcony. The beach is 492 feet away. more...
 Rhodes Sea Villas
Rhodes Sea Villas, Ixia
Offering an outdoor pool and direct beach access, Rhodes Sea Villas is set in Ixia, within 3.1 mi of Rhodes Town. more...
 Elements
Elements, Lardos
Located in Lardos, Elements offers accommodations with free WiFi and access to a garden and a seasonal outdoor pool. Some units also have a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher. The villa has a grill. more...
 Esperos Village Blue & Spa - Adults Only
Esperos Village Blue & Spa - Adults Only, Faliraki
Set on a green hill with panoramic sea views, 5-star Esperos Village Resort is located in the popular Faliraki. more...
 George Beach Studios
George Beach Studios, Pefki Rhodes
Located at Pefkos village of Rhodes, George Beach Studios features self-catered accommodations, a 3-minute walk from the beach. more...
 Labranda Blue Bay Resort
Labranda Blue Bay Resort, Ialyssos
Located at Ialyssos Beach on the island’s west coast, Labranda Blue Bay Resort offers guests a world of exciting activities and an array of facilities and services to unwind by the beach. more...
 Nissia Kamares
Nissia Kamares, Kardamaina
Nissia Kamares are just a 3 minutes' walk from the golden beaches and the resort center of Kardamena. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire complex, while a 24-hour front desk is available. more...
 Nireus Hotel
Nireus Hotel, Symi
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Nireus Hotel offers accommodations right on Symi Port. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
 Athoniki Villas
Athoniki Villas, Kalathos
Athoniki Villas offers accommodations in Kalathos within 3.1 mi from the famous Lindos and 0.9 mi from Kalathos Beach. Rhodes Town is 24 mi from the property. more...
 Elena Village
Elena Village, Kalymnos
Offering a shared pool and a fitness center, Elena Village features self-catering accommodations with Aegean Sea or pool views. Facilities include free WiFi access and a snack bar. more...




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