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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, 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Lindos Heart Apartments
Lindos Heart Apartments, Rhodes
Located in Rhodes, 25 miles from Temple of Apollon and 26 miles from Clock Tower, Lindos Heart Apartments provides accommodations with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. more...
 Grande Dame Villa
Grande Dame Villa, Kallithea Rhodes
Boasting an outdoor pool, Grande Dame Villa is set in a well-tended garden of 4,000 m2, in Kallithea. 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...
 Esperos Palace Resort
Esperos Palace Resort, Faliraki
Located 1.6 mi from Faliraki, the beachfront Esperos Palace features 4 swimming pools with lazy river, and a wellness center. more...
 Kokinogremos Villa
Kokinogremos Villa, Kalithies
Kokinogremos Villa is located in Kalithies and features a private pool, a kitchen and sea views. Guests can enjoy free WiFi. 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...
 Cosmos Home Lindos
Cosmos Home Lindos, Lindos
Located in Lindos, a 5-minute walk from Lindos Acropolis, Cosmos Home Lindos has accommodations with a garden. Free WiFi is available. more...
 Lindos Imperial Resort & Spa
Lindos Imperial Resort & Spa, Kiotari
Located on Kiotari Beach, Lindos Imperial offers rooms overlooking the Aegean Sea or pools and gardens. Gourmet restaurants, tennis courts and a spa center are featured. more...
 Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only
Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only, Kos Town
The beachfront Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only offers accommodations in Kos Town. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. 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...
 Spilia Bay Villas
Spilia Bay Villas, Pefki Rhodes
Spilia Bay Villas is a complex of self-catered modern residences offering balconies and terraces with panoramic sea views. more...




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