Dodecanese Islands

Dodecanese islands (Δωδεκάνησα) means literally twelve islands, is a group of 150 islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, where 26 of them are inhabited. Its located between Cyclades islands and the Turkish coasts. These islands are somehow different from the famous Cyclades destinations, due to the long Venetian occupation, Dodecanese have a strong Medieval style and many interesting architectural monuments.

These are the largest and most populated islands in the complex, sorted by the biggest to smallest in area (km²) :

1) Rhodes (1401.184 km²)
2) Karpathos (300.4386 km²)
3) Kos (290.0787 km²)
4) Kalymnos (108.78 km²)
5) Astypalaia (95.8296 km²)
6) Leros (72.5197 km²)
7) Nisyros (64.7497 km²)
8) Tilos (62.1597 km²)
9) Symi (56.9797 km²)
10) Kasos (49.2098 km²)
11) Patmos (33.6698 km²)
12) Kastellorizo (12.9499 km²)

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The rest of them are smaller but they have a unique charm on their own. Although some of them are uninhabited, we can mention some honorable islands worth to visit such as Halki, Alimnia, Leipsoi, Telendos, Agathonisi, Pserimos, Arkoi, Kinaros, Levitha, Farmakonisi, Armathia, Saria, Sirna, Nimos, Stroggili and many more islets.

Rhodes

Karpathos

Kos

Chalki

Patmos

Leros

Tilos

Symi

Karpathos

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Island: Karpathos
Delegates: 500 pax

Kos

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Island: Kos
Newly refurbished, the 450 m2 S. Fanourakis” Conference Center provides a seating capacity of approximately 350 delegates, in theatre setting, offering a flexible and modern space for your event. The hall has modern conference infrastructure and is fully equipped with state of the art audio-visual equipment and technical facilities.

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Island: Kos
Delegates: 7000 people

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Island: Kos
Meeting Hall: Hippocrates
Dimensions: 430 m2
Delegates: 320 pax

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Island: Kos The resort has extensive conference facilities within the tranquil setting of a leisure environment, where guests can enjoy the highest level of service in comfort & luxury. The 21 conference rooms range in size and capacity and are flexible to cater until a total of 1500 delegates.

Rhodes

Delegates = 8000 pax

Delegates = 760 pax

  • Elafos : 400 guests in a theater-style arrangement
  • Elafina : 220 guests in a theater-style setting
  • Break-Out Rooms from 30 to 100 delegates

  • Two conference facilities
  • Lindos : 120-150 PAX, 180 sqm
  • Kamiros: 50-60 PAX, 80 sqm

  • Conference hall for 70 seats
  • One conference room, 65 sq.m
  • Audio and visual equipment
  • Translation services

Delegates = 150 pax

  • Room 1  = 120 pax
  • Room 2 = 30 pax

Delegates = 400 pax

Delegates = 610 pax

  • Lindos – 300 guests
  • Ialyssos – 100 guests
  • Kamiros -100 guests
  • Kallithea -60 guests

Delegates = 4.800 pax

  • 9000 sq.m. meetings, pre-function & exhibition space
  • 4800 delegates total seating capacity
  • 2500 conferences, events, incentives & exhibitions
  • 20 distinct meeting rooms ranging in size from 20-1300 persons
  • 100 adjustable breakout rooms and hospitality suites

  • Academia area, on the ground floor, is a magnificent multi-purpose hall that can hold up to 450 delegates in theater style.
  • Socrates area, located at the lobby level, is a well equipped meeting room with natural lighting that can fit up to 100 delegates in theater style.
  • Plato area, at the lobby level, is identical in size to its’ sister meeting room Socrates (100 delegates) and features natural lighting and the same amenities of audio visual equipment.

Delegates = 280 pax

  • Section A = 200 pax
  • Section B = 80 pax

Delegates = 200 pax

  • Conference hall Babylonia Max capacity (16 pax round table)
  • Conference hall Alexandria: Max capacity (55 pax theater style)
  • Conference hall Phaedra: Max capacity (120 pax theater style)

Delegates = 200 pax

  • Elafos conference area accommodate groups from 20 to 100 people
  • Lindos conference area accommodate groups from 20 to 100 people

History of Dodecanese islands

Many historic events have taken place in Dodecanese complex. The fact that is in a great geographical position, many conquerors wanted to have the occupation of the islands through the ages.

Classical Period

At the classical period there were the Persian wars, where the islands were captured by the Persians for a brief period until Alexander The Great swept through and defeated them. Following the death of Alexander, the islands, and even Rhodes itself, were split up among the many generals who contended to succeed him. In the same period, the famous Colossus of Rhodes was built, a huge monument that describes well the wealth and prosperity of the place. Rhodes signed a treaty with Rome, and the islands became aligned to greater or lesser extent with the Roman Republic while mostly maintaining their autonomy.
In the first century, Saint Paul and Saint John visited Dodecanese islands and they succeeded in converting them to Christianity. Saint John stayed at Patmos island as he was exiled there and he wrote the Revelations.

Middle Ages

At the middle ages, when Roman empire split into west and east divisions, the islands became part of the Eastern part, which later evolved into the Byzantine Empire. They would remain there for nearly a thousand years, though these were punctuated by numerous invasions.
Copious evidence of the Byzantine period remains on the islands today, most notably in hundreds of churches from the period which can be seen in various states of preservation.

Byzantine Era

Finally, in the 14th century, the Byzantine era came to an end when the islands were taken by forces of the Knights Hospitaller (Knights of St. John): Rhodes was conquered in 1309 and the rest of the islands fell gradually over the next few decades. The Knights made Rhodes their stronghold, transforming its capital into a grand medieval city dominated by an impressive fortress, scattered fortresses and citadels through the rest of the islands as well.
However, the citadel at Rhodes fell to the large army of Suleiman the Magnificent and the other islands were overrun within the year. The Ottoman’s rule lasted hundred of years when it finally ended at 1822, as the declaration of independence followed and Dodecanese islands joined briefly the Greek provinces.

Modern Era

Early 1900s, Italy wanted to apply pressure to the Ottoman government in order to get closer to its metropolitan territories and they declared war to Ottoman Empire during the first world war. After some agreements between Greece and Italy, all Dodecanese islands joined Greece except Rhodes island. Mussolini was hoping to make Rhodes a modern transportation hub that would serve as a focal point for the spread of Italian culture. Additionally, during World War II, Italy joined the Axis Powers and the islands briefly became a battleground between the Germans and Allied forces. However, the islands never had any catastrophe in their buildings or the general infrastructure during the last wars in the area.

Nowadays, we can admire the remains of all civilizations who were established in Dodecanese or passed through them, making the islands a very good destination with rich history and many places to “travel back to time”.

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Karpathos

Karpathos (Κάρπαθος in Greek) is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands with a history dating back to the [...]

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Halki

Halki (Chalki or Χάλκη in Greek), is a tiny island 6 km west of Rhodes, with only 28 km2 land area [...]

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Symi

Symi (Simi or Σύμη in Greek), a rocky but still very inviting small island in Dodecanese, has the most [...]

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Panormitis

Panormitis (Πανορμήτης in Greek) is an area in Symi island with its own harbor, as the connecting road to the [...]

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Patmos

Patmos (Πάτμος in Greek) is the northernmost island of the Dodecanese, on the [...]

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Leros

Leros (Λέρος in Greek) is a beautiful island in the South Aegean that belongs to the prefecture of the [...]

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Kos

Kos (Κως in Greek)  is an island located very close to the coasts of Turkey and it is the [...]

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Tilos

Tilos (Τήλος in Greek) is a small and quiet island in the Dodecanese. An island with rough, mountainous and [...]

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Kallithea Springs

Kallithea Springs (Καλλιθέα in Greek) is located at the bay of Kallithea, just 9 km from the city of Rhodes. [...]

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Filerimos

Filerimos Hill (Φιλέρημος in Greek), just 15 km outside the capital Rhodes, is a hill 267 m. high, overlooking the [...]

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Seven Springs

Seven Springs (Επτά Πηγές in Greek) is a great place to escape from the heat of the summer and enjoy [...]

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Prasonisi

Prasonisi (Πρασονήσι in Greek) is the translation of the word "green island". It is located on the southern tip of [...]

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Lindos

Lindos (Λίνδος in Greek) is a medieval village on the island of Rhodes. It has around 1000 inhabitants, greatly outnumbered by [...]

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Kamiros

Kamiros (Κάμειρος in Greek) is an ancient city on the northwest coast of Rhodes island, near the village of Kalavarda. [...]

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Monolithos Castle

The Castle of Monolithos (Το Κάστρο της Μονολίθου in Greek) is perhaps the most impressive castle of Rhodes and it [...]