Sailing Adventure in the Dodecanese Islands

Sailing in Greece is an extraordinary experience, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. The Greek archipelago, with its thousands of islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, provides a stunning setting for an unforgettable sailing adventure. Join us as we share our unforgettable week sailing through some of the most amazing destinations in the Dodecanese Islands.

Greece offers some of the best sailing conditions in the world. Steady winds, calm seas, and sunny weather from April to October make it an ideal destination for many sailors. 

From the iconic white-washed buildings to the green landscapes of the Ionian Islands, Greece’s scenery is simply spectacular. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, sailing in Greece offers it all. Dive into the clear turquoise waters for snorkeling and scuba diving, explore hidden caves and secluded beaches, or simply relax on deck with a good book, surrounded by the gentle sound of the sea.

Every island and coastal town in Greece is steeped in history. As you sail, you can explore ancient ruins, Byzantine castles, and charming villages that have preserved their traditional way of life. Each day brings a new horizon and a new adventure.

Greek hospitality is legendary. Friendly locals welcome you to their tavernas where you can savor delicious Mediterranean cuisine—fresh seafood, local cheeses, olives, and aromatic wines. 

Day 1: Departure from Rhodes Marina to Symi

Our unforgettable sailing adventure in the Dodecanese Islands begins at the Rhodes Marina. It serves as the perfect starting point. Our adventure starts on a Lagoon 45-foot catamaran, a comfortable vessel with plenty of space.

lagoon 45

After a brief orientation and stocking up on supplies, we set sail towards our first destination, Agios Georgios, Symi’s most amazing beach.

It is a hidden gem that captivates visitors with its breathtaking beauty. The beach is framed by towering cliffs that create a dramatic backdrop, while the crystal-clear waters of the sea sparkle in varying shades of blue and turquoise. The fine pebble shore gently slopes into the inviting waters, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

For the evening, we continued our trip to Symi Port. Symi is renowned for its colorful houses that cascade down to the azure waters. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Dodecanese Islands.

Here we could wander through the charming harbor, explore the Monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis and indulge in fresh seafood at a local taverna.

Day 2: Nisiros – The Volcanic Marvel

The following day, we made our way to Nisiros, a unique island formed by volcanic activity. The sailing to our destination was hypnotic. The sea was incredibly quiet and calm, creating a serene and mesmerizing experience.

We anchored at Mandraki, the island’s main port, and ventured inland to the dramatic Stefanos Crater.

Here you can walk on the crater floor and feel the earth’s warmth beneath your feet. Nisiros is indeed a fascinating destination for nature lovers.

Stefanos Crater

Day 3 – Plati Beach: A Secluded Paradise on Dodecanese

On the third day of our journey, we arrived at Plati Beach, nestled on the serene island of Lipsi in the Dodecanese Islands. As we sailed, the sea remained remarkably calm and tranquil, enhancing the serenity of our journey.

sailing Greece - calm sea

Lipsi’s Plati Beach is a secluded paradise known for its tranquil atmosphere and unspoiled natural beauty.

This beautiful beach features soft, golden sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters, perfect for swimming and relaxation. Surrounded by rugged hills and untouched landscapes, Plati Beach offers a peaceful retreat away from the crowds.  We loved it so much that we decided to anchor and stay for the night as well. 

As we awoke anchored at Plati Beach, we savored a delicious cup of coffee while admiring the breathtaking view.

Day 4: Kalymnos: The Island of Sponges and Climbing Adventures

The next day, as we sailed to Kalymnos, we were captivated by the island’s rugged beauty. First, we stopped at Pezonta Bay in Kalymnos. It is a calm spot with clear blue water and rocky shores. Surrounded by cliffs and green plants, it’s a peaceful place to relax. You can swim, snorkel, or just walk along the beach. It’s a hidden gem for anyone looking for a quiet escape by the sea.

Anchoring in the picturesque harbor, we were immediately drawn to the island’s history of sponge diving.

Exploring the local museums and shops, we gained a deep appreciation for the island’s unique heritage and the skill of its divers.

Kalymnos is a haven for rock climbing enthusiasts as well, offering climbing routes that draw adventurers from around the globe. The island also boasts picturesque beaches, crystal-clear waters, and charming villages where traditional Greek hospitality thrives. 

Day 5 – Tilos – The Tranquil Retreat

The next day we set our sails to Tilos, a charming island known for its untouched beauty and tranquil atmosphere. One of its attractions is the Monastery of Agios Panteleimon, a sacred site surrounded by amazing landscapes. Here we discovered secluded beaches and visited the abandoned village of Mikro Chorio

Day 6: Sailing to Alimia Shipwreck

The following day we headed to Alimia, a deserted island steeped in history. The main attraction here is the Alimia shipwreck. When you get close, you can see the shape of the wreck under the clear blue water. The wreck is relatively shallow, making it accessible for snorkeling and diving. Then we set course back to Symi Harbor. Here we enjoyed a relaxing evening and explored Greek cuisine at a local taverna.

Day 7: Return to Rhodes Marina

As the week-long adventure comes to an end, we set sail back to Rhodes Marina. It was a good time reflecting on the incredible experiences and breathtaking sights we’ve encountered sailing on the Dodecanese Islands.

Exploring the Old City of Rhodes

Back in Rhodes, we took take the opportunity to explore more of the island’s rich history, vibrant markets, and delectable cuisine before bidding farewell to the Dodecanese Islands.

Rhodes Old City is a captivating maze of medieval streets and historic treasures nestled within ancient stone walls. Steeped in rich history, this UNESCO World Heritage site showcases iconic landmarks like the Palace of the Grand Master and the Street of the Knights. As you wander through its beautiful narrow streets, you’ll encounter charming shops, bustling markets, and quaint cafes tucked away in centuries-old buildings. With its enchanting ambiance and timeless beauty, Rhodes Old City offers a journey back in time, to an era of knights and grand fortresses, that will leave you mesmerized.

Lindos: A Timeless Gem of Rhodes

We couldn’t say goodbye to Rhodes without exploring one of the island’s most stunning destinations, Lindos.

Lindos is a charming village located on the eastern coast of the island of Rhodes in Greece. Famous for its ancient Acropolis overlooking the sea, Lindos offers a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Narrow cobblestone streets wind through whitewashed buildings adorned with vibrant bougainvillea, leading to charming cafes, shops, and tavernas. With its stunning views, sandy beaches, and archaeological wonders, Lindos is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a taste of authentic Greek island life.

Lindos 4

Hope you enjoyed our sailing adventure and convinced you to experience sailing the Dodecanese Islands. It is a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. 

Our trip wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without the knowledge of the Sunset and Sails crew. They guided us effortlessly through the wonders of the Aegean Sea.

If you want to indulge in some of the Greek recipes, I highly recommend trying their amazing Greek Pastitsio, or their refreshing Tzatziki Sauce. You can spice it up with this amazing Tirokafteri Dip and Greek Baked Feta with Tomatoes. This Greek Fried Feta with Honey and Sesame Seeds is another Greek dish it is impossible not to love.

Check our Sailing Adventure in Croatia, for another unforgettable sailing experience we had on the Adriatic Sea.

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  1. Loretta Vandenberg says:

    Wow, that is an amazing trip. Beautiful country steeped in history and culture. It’s a dream of mine to go there one day

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      Yes, Greece is a jewel. We love it. I will try to add details about more trips we’ve taken in Greece. We’ve also been to the Saronic Islands, Ionian Islands, and Cyclades. All are simply wonderful.

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