The most important attractions in Dodecanese

Dodecanese are located closer to Turkey than Greece, this archipelago is characterized by huge variety of natural and cultural attractions. From sacred Patmos to the lively Kos, wild Karpathos to volcanic Nisyros.

The name Dodecanese is relatively new. While these islands were Turkish territory, they were known as the Southern Sporades. In fact, the islands in the archipelago are more than 12. Depending on which this plug in numbers, they can be 14, 18 or even 27 (including entering the smallest, uninhabited islands). Dodecanese final part of the territory of Greece since 1948.

Before that, they briefly were ruled by the British. If we go further back in time, the islands were occupied by the Germans for 21 months. Italians also ruled their lands, and wanted to recreate the Roman Empire. Bookmark and Share

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Natural attractions in Dodecanese

Walk the streets of most of the islands will make you witness a true cultural patchwork - minarets at each corner, a traditional Italian architecture, excavations of the Hellenistic era and fortifications of knightly crusades.

Even the most luxurious modern resorts can not obscure the charming scenery and rich history of the island of Rhodes. Karpathos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese (after Rhodes). With its wide beaches with white sand, turquoise waters and high rocky mountains, it certainly impresses with its unique natural beauty.

Most roads are paved and tour the island can be a real challenge. In Karpathos you can find some of the best windsurfing schools, small and remote mountain villages (as Olimbos) and cities with medieval architecture. According to legend titanium Polivotis angry god Poseidon.

He broke off a cliff on the island of Kos and threw it over his opponent. It is this rock piece called Nisyros. Groans of titanium still be heard beneath the surface of the volcanic island. Last Nisyros volcano has been active in 1933 Kos is the third largest island of the Dodecanese. It has a well-developed maritime transport, numerous historical monuments, exquisite minarets and beautiful beaches. The relief of Kalymnos is mostly mountainous and provides great opportunities for rock climbing.

Especially famous is mined water sponges (sponges). Patmos has an area of ​​only 28 square kilometers Key to its cultural history is the exile here of John the Theologian around '95, where according to legend were written important passages from the Bible. The island is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage.

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