Destinations along the Turkish coast :

Itineraries :

  • Gocek - Gocek ( 5 - 7 days )
  • Göcek - Marmaris - Göcek ( 1 week )
  • Göcek - Marmaris one-way ( 1 week )
  • Göcek - Marmaris - Bodrum one-way ( 2 weeks )
  • Bodrum - Gulf of Gökova  - Bodrum (1 week)
  • Bodrum - Marmaris one way (1 week)
  • Göcek - Kekova - Göcek (2 weeks)
  • Göcek - Kekova - Göcek (1 week)
  • Marmaris - Greek Islands - Bodrum ( 1 week )
  • Bodrum - Greek Islands - Datca ( 1 week )
  • Marmaris - Greek Islands - Bodrum ( 1 week )
  • Bodrum - Greek Islands - Bodrum ( 1 week )

Fethiye Gulf
The Gulf of Fethiye is one of the most beautiful gulfs in the world. There are 12 islands, small and large and many bays, one more beautiful than the other in this gulf situated between the capes of Kurtoglu and Iblis and covered with pine forests.

The bays and islands which are ideal shelters for yachts, can be reached by all yachts departing from Fethiye and Göcek. These extremely beautiful bays  and coves will make you have a very good time here.

The first island near Fethiye in the gulf is named Sövalye Adasi (Knight's Island). The island succeeding it, is Kizilada (the Red Island). In the north, there are the islands of Deliktas and Tavsan. The island of Katranci is located opposite the bay named Küçük Kargi Koyu and the Island of Göcek is located opposite the village of  Göcek.

The islands called Yassica Adalari are south of the Göcek island and further south is the Island of Haci Halil and the small island near it, is called Zeytın Adası (Olive island).

The largest islands in the gulf of Fethiye, are the Islands of Tersane (dock yard) and Domuz (pig),  near the peninsula. The bays and islands on the west coast of the gulf of Fethiye have been worked out almost like lacework by nature.

This part of the gulf is more interesting because of its verdure and exquisite bays. There are many coves surrounded by green forests on the eastern shores of the Gulf of Fethiye, similar to the ones on the opposite shores. The bays of Katranci, Küçük Kargi and Inlice are situated here.

Around Göcek, a dynamic town developping  in the yacht business  were recently build 6 marinas to wellcome private and charter yachts. 

The northern part of the bay of Fethiye is also called Göcek bays and islands.

The bay of Çiftlik (Farm bay) is the nearest one to Göcek and the bay of Doruklu is located adjacent to it and when you turn around Cape Ince you reach the bay of Günlüklü which is adorned with liquidambar trees and has a sweet water fountain. Following these, At Bükü, Boynuz Bükü, Bedri Rahmi and Siralibük are the bays coming into sight in all their magnificent appearance. The cove immediately adjacent to the cape called Martin Burnu is named Dipbay.

The coves of Large and Small Sarsala, Manastir, Çamli Koy, Merdivenli Koy and the last one in the gulf named Göbun Koyu are all located north. This beautiful gulf had been discovered by ancient people during the Antique Age and they had settled here before we did and enjoyed these beauties. The antique city of Lydae, above the harbor Aga Limani in the south of the Peninsula of Kapidag, is one of these. You can reach there by walking from the coves of Aga or Manastir.

In the locality called Kizilagaç, south of the Lake Kargin, there is another antique city which was named Lissa, but there isn't much left of this city now. One of the ancient writers, Pliny, had written about this city where there is an acropolis with a wall made of regular stones in it and also an epitaph on the southern face of this wall. The Lycian rock tombs of the antique city of Crya above the of Bedri Rahmi bay, formerly called Taçyaka, can be seen in the cove. The Lycians who lived in a wide region extending from the river of Dalaman to Phaselis near Antalya, had carved in the rocks the models of their deceased people's houses, as a sign of respect to them. We see these tombs in Fethiye, Tlos, Pinara, Xanthos, Sura, Kekova, Myra, Kas, Limyra and other Lycian cities. We also come across a great number of sarcophagi, called the Lycian-type sarcophagi, in these cities and other Lycian cities. Some ruines remains are also seen on the islands and in the bays.

There are some Byzantine remains on the island of Tersane, formerly called Telandria, nice to visit and to swim between the ruins in the water.

The Greek people who lived here, left the island during the exchange of populations effected after World War 1.

Although the ruins seen on the island belong to a recent date, it is known that a habitation had existed at an earlier date too. The remains of quays and of submerged buildings found in the water west of the Island of Göcek, indicate that people had lived here in the past. You must be very careful when you pass between the islands called Yassica Adalar because there are the remains of ruins in the sea. There are the remains of a bridge in the narrowest part of the west side of the island named Seytan Ada; it served as a passage to the island of Haci Halil in the past. 

Gemiler Island 
After you leave the Islands of Karacaören behind, you reach the Island of Ships which is opposite a small inlet lying in the shadow of pine and olive trees. The space between the island and the shore is a natural shelter for the yachts. The island is full of historical works of art and the church of St. Nicholas is here. Therefore, the island is also called the Island of St.Nicholas. Although it has been suggested recently that the tomb of Santa Claus might have been here, the accepted fact is that the tomb is in Myra.

All of the remains in the Island of Ships belong to the Late Age. Owing to the fact that an earthquake caused the island to sink a little into the water in the year 240 AD, some of the remains lie underwater today. There are the remains of a palace ornamented with mosaics, on top of the island. This palace is connected to the church on the shore, by means of a tunnel 500 m in length. There are also many other remains of houses on the island.

Gemiler Island is filled with ruins. Among the medieval buildings on the island is a church and on the hill are the ruins of a palace decorated with mosaics. There are cisterns and wells on the island too. On the northern side are the remains of a quay and warehouse that are now partially submerged. The side of the island facing the mainland is suitable as an anchorage. Immediately opposite this is a restaurant and places where one may find accommodation. This place is also accessible by highway from Fethiye. Inland was the ancient city of Carmylessus.

Between here and Fethiye is the village of Kaya. Formerly inhabited by Greeks, the village was abandoned during the population exchanges that took place in 1922 and is now empty. There are plans to turn it into a holiday village.

The actuel, modern Turkish village of Kaya köyü is a lovely and peaceful place situated in the valley beneeth the ancient greec city.

Ölü Deniz
From Gemiler Island one reaches Bestas Harbor. Rounding Yogan Cape from here one enters the gulf of Belcegiz. Ölü Deniz, a beautiful inland bay that stretches behind the cape, is now closed to yachts. The reason this heavenly place is called Ölü Deniz ("Sea of the Dead") is attributed to the following legend. Once a father and  a son were caught in a storm here and were in danger of sinking. The son claimed that if they approached the rocks ashore they could take shelter in a cove. The father on the other hand asserted that their ship would be driven onto the rocks and break and that there were no coves around here anyway. In his terror of running around on the rocks, the father knocked his son (who was at the helm) into the sea with an oar and took over the helm himself. Just as the ship was about to hit the rocks on the cape, it turned into this calm, smooth watered bay. This is the reason they say the bay is called the Sea of the Dead, whereas with the pine clad sandy beach stretched out like a tongue, the name "Paradise Bay" would be more fitting. Vessels are not allowed inside the bay to prevent pollution. There are many hotels, motels, and restaurants on the Belcegiz gulf side of Ölü Deniz. Leaving Belcegiz gulf, we must sail past the high and bold capes of Yedi Burunlar ("Seven Capes")-Kötü, Sancak, Inkahlik, Yassi, Kilic, and Zeytin, which have a nasty reputation for contrary winds and confused seas. Once past them you arrives at a beach, whose dunes with every passing day engulf a little bit more of the ancient city of Patara which awaits the day when archaeologists shovels will free it of the sands. 

The town of Kaş is on a hill running down to the sea. The district has a typical Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and warm, wet winters, which allows the growth of oranges, lemons and bananas. The lowland areas are also planted with cut flowers and a variety of fruits and vegetables, many are grown all year round under glass. The hillsides produce honey, and almonds, while at high altitudes there are extensive pine forests. The weather is drier at high altitudes. Although agriculture is still important, tourism is the main source of income in the district, which has many hotels and guest houses.

About 2 km (1 mi) offshore from Kaş is the Greek island of Kastelórizo (in Turkish Meis Adası).

Kalkan (Greek: Kalamaki) is a town on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, which averages 300 days of sunshine a year. The area includes many historical sites and many fine beaches. The word Kalkan is Turkish for 'shield'.

Kalkan is an old fishing town, and the only safe harbor between Kaş and Fethiye; it is famous for its white-washed houses, descending to the sea, and its brightly colored bougainvilleas.

Until the early 1920s the majority of its inhabitants were Greeks. They had to leave the town in 1923 because of the Exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey after the Greco-Turkish War. They emigrated mainly to Attica, where they founded the new town of Kalamaki.

With much of the surrounding land still undeveloped and with many nearby remains of ancient civilizations, Kalkan is the ideal resort for those who want calm and relaxation, enjoying the natural beauty of the cleanest seashores and of rough mountains covered with pine forests, and also for those who want to explore the remains of the ancient Lycian cities in the neighborhood.

Lycia, "The Land of Light", which is the first known federation in history, included the many city-states between modern-day Fethiye and Antalya, and its capital was Xanthos (Arna in Lycian language), which is Kinik today, 17 km (11 mi) from Kalkan.

Kalkan was an important harbour town until the 1970s as the only seaport for the environs. It declined after construction of Fethiye road but revived after the emergence of the tourism industry in the region.

Although part of the Antalya province administratively, Kalkan is connected more closely to Fethiye economically and for transportation.

British newspaper The Independent listed Kalkan among the best tourist destinations for 2007. The paper recommended Kalkan especially for those seeking a romantic vacation and who do not want to travel far from their home country in Europe, and defined the town as a destination of choice. 

Kekova, a spot that is like heaven on earth. One first encounters the Sicak Peninsula at the end of which are two islands: Toprakada and Karaada. Kekova island stretches out from here and it is because of this island that the whole area is called Kekova. Passing among the islands and arriving at Kekova, the safest anchorage is Üçagiz, which is a good, all-round harbor. Other places may be used for short periods during visits. At Kekova, history and nature have merged and become inseparable. Such ancient cities are Aperlai, Kekova, Simena, and Theimussa are to be found in the vicinity.

Aperlai: Aperlai is located on the Sicak Peninsula, near the Sicak jetty. A Lycian city, Aperlai's history is known from coins bearing its name that have been discovered and goes back to the 4th or 5th centuries BC Aperlai was the head of the Lycian Confederacy, of which Simena and Apollonia were also members. The city walls begin at the seashore and are fortified with towers at intervals. These walls, with their rectangular and polygonal construction, are from Roman times: Other remains at Aperlai are all from the Byzantine and later periods. The western reaches of the wall are of rectangular construction. There are three gates in this wall, two of which have a plain and the third a blind archway. The southern reaches of the walls are of polygonal construction and in a bad state of repair. This side is reinforced with two towers and it is here that the main gate was located. Outside the walls are typical Lycian sarcophagi from Roman times.

From inscriptions that have been found, we know that the history of the ancient city of Simena goes back to the 4th century BC. If we go ashore via the jetty next to the sarcophagus on the seashore and climb the hill behind the houses, we reach the castle of Simena.

This castle was used during the Middle Ages. In the medieval walls of the inner keep are a few blocks of all that remains of an ancient temple. Inside the castle is a small natural theater carved into the rock. This is the smallest of the theaters among the cities of Lycia. West of the theater there are rock tombs here and there. Above the rock tombs is a Roman wall built of dressed stone and located on the wall are late period embrasures thus giving us a glimpse of three eras simultaneously. On the shore are the ruins of public baths whose inscription is still legible and reads "A gift to the emperor Titus made by the people and council of Aperlai as well as by the other cities of the confederation." Looking from the castle towards Üçagiz it becomes clear how beautiful and safe a natural harbor really is.

Simena (or Kaleköy, its name today) is only a temporary shelter however. The actual shelter for yachts is Theimussa (Üçagiz), a landlocked bay surrounded by green hills. There is a road overland that leads here. The ruins of the ancient city of Theimussa are located here. Very little is known about the history of the city however. One inscription indicates that its history goes back to the 4'th century BC. You can see mostly the ruins of a necropolis here and no city walls or other major structures have been encountered. The oldest sarcophagus is from the 4th century BC and is shaped like a house. Over it is the nude portrait of a young man. The inscription tells us that it belongs to "Kiuwanimiye". The work is Roman and a later addition to the sarcophagus.

You may reach Kekova overland from Demre . After leaving Kekova we pass Kiseli Island and Asirli Island and come to Gökkaya Harbor. Gökkaya is a beautiful bay and a fine harbor. On the way is a big sea cave that was used at one time by pirates. From here you come to Çayagzi, also called Kokar Bay, alongside of which are the ruins of Andraki. There are restaurants and souvenir shops here. From here, you may take a car to Myra, the city of St. Nicholas, which is quite close. This is also a place from which one may visit other Lycian cities such as Isinda at Belenli, Apollonia at Kilinçli, Istlada at Kapakli, Kyaenai at Yavu, and Trysa and Sura at Gölbasi. The area is also filled with thousands of Lycian sarcophagi lying everywhere.

Myra is situated on the newly completed coastal road from Kas to Finike, 24 km from Finike, in the region of Kale. After going through the small town of Bucak, we continue on to the banks of the river Demre, 15 km from the settlement. Leaving our car by the road, we cross the stream and through the fields can be seen the distinctive Lycian rock tombs, with façades almost like that of a multistoried apartment building, pierced with innumerable windows.

Although the date of Myra's first foundation is not known, from some Lycian inscriptions found in the area it would appear that the habitation existed in the 5th century. Strabo counts it among the six notable cities of Lycia. In the year 18 AD, the emperor Germanicus and his wife Agrippina visited Myra, and in honor of this visit, the statues of both the emperor and empress were erected in the harbor of the city, Andriache. In the early years of Christianity in 60 AD, St Paul met with his followers here on their way to Rome.

During the 2nd century AD Myra became a center of the diocese, and it was during that period that its theater was built. The theater and its portico were constructed by Licinus Lanfus of Oinoanda, to whom 10,000 dinars were given for its completion. The renowned Opramoas of Rhodiapolis, whose hand of patronage is to be seen in all the cities of Lycia, did not ignore this city, donating great sums to its development. Another notable patron was Jason of Kyaenai, through whose efforts the city was adorned with many great buildings. During the Byzantine Period, Myra maintained its role as a religious center. During the 4th century AD, St Nicholas of Patara, later to be known as Santa Claus, was bishop of Myra. His tomb and a church dedicated to him are to be found here.

The ruins of Myra are situated 5 km inland, between the modern town and the sea. The acropolis of the city is situated on top of the cliffs containing the Lycian rock tombs. The city walls, dating from the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, are still to be seen protecting the acropolis. The rock tombs cover the southern cliffs below the acropolis like a sheet of lace. Apart from the tombs beside the theater, others are to be seen on the river banks and in the surrounding cliffs.

Many of the tombs cut into the rock near the theater are damaged and much worn, but some still have fine façades, with inscriptions and reliefs clearly delineated. Two damaged tombs can be reached by a steep pathway. Another tomb with reliefs on the northern face of the rock has been cut in the form of a large sarcophagus. The owner of the tomb is seen buried here together with his family. The reliefs show him first in his prime and later as a corpse laid out on his heir with his family around him. The tomb is dated to the 4th century BC.

To see the tombs more closely and in order to examine them in detail, we can climb up to them via a flight of steps belonging to the theater, the river flowing by below. The most interesting tomb in the necropolis has a façade shaped like that of a temple. The façade contains two flanking columns of the Ionian order with floriate capitals containing lion heads. The architrave frieze contains a relief of a lion attacking a bull, executed in a most convincing manner.

The theater is situated close to the rock tombs. It is in a relatively good condition. The cave has been carved into a slope out of the rock. The galleries were supported at the sides with vaulting that was used both for access to the upper galleries and also contained shops. Below the diazoma were 29 rows of seats, and below them, 6 rows more. The scene is still standing up to the second course in places and from the remaining fragments, it would appear that the façade facing the audience was extremely ornate.

In the town named Kale is situated St. Nicholas Church, who was from Patara, and took office in Myra as the Bishop in the 4th century AD and buried in this Church when he died, which was given his name. The town of Myra and the Church were demolished during the Arabian raids in the 7th and 9th centuries, and were totally destroyed in the naval raid made again by the Arabs in 1034: Constantine Monomakhos IX and Zoe the empress had made the Church reconstructed and also surrounded by walls. In 1087, merchants coming from Bari had stolen the bones from the church which were supposed to be belonging to St. Nicholas. This Church is the one built in the 9th century and restored several times. It is understood that the tombs belonging to the 2nd century AD were used again in the lower storey of the Church.

You can see the frescoes situated on the abscissa and the naves of the Church. Furthermore, the sitting places and columns reflect their restored appearances. You can reach the upper storey of the Church by using the stairs located at the side. The Church was subjected to another restoration in recent past, and a statue of St. Nicholas was erected near it.

After the Church, you can see the mausoleum on the Myra-Kas road, dating back to the 2nd century AD which probably belongde to a rich Lycian. Port of Andriake, taking place in Çayagzi at a few km. distance from Kale, is known as the port of Myra town, where the Hadrian Granarium (granary) with dimensions of 36x45 m still stands erect.

Gulf of Gökova
The Gulf of Gökova  is a long (100 km), narrow gulf of the Aegean Sea between Bodrum Peninsula and Datça Peninsula in south-west Turkey.

Administratively, Gulf of Gökova coastline includes portions of the districts of, clockwise, Bodrum, Milas, Muğla, Ula, Marmaris and Datça. The Greek island of Kos lies along the entry into the Gulf.

Bodrum, located in its northwest reaches, is the only large city on the gulf today. In ancient times, alongside Halicarnassus (modern-day Bodrum), the city of Ceramus, located midway along the gulf's northern shore and after which the gulf was named, was also an important urban center. Across Ceramus (the modern-day township of Ören, called under the name Gereme, a derivation of the ancient city's name, until recently), at a short distance from the gulf's southern shore and not far from its outlying waters, was another historical site of note, called Cedrae in ancient times, located in Sedir Island prized by visitors for its beach and of which some remains still exist.

Bodrum (from Petronium), formerly Halicarnassus , is a Turkish port town in Muğla Province, in the southwestern Aegean Region of the country. It is located on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that checks the entry into the Gulf of Gökova, and it faces the Greek island of Kos. Today, it is an international center of tourism and yachting. The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times. The Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was here.

Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbor and the International Marina. The castle grounds includes a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.

Itinararies  between Greec Islands : 

1.  Kos - Kos Dodecanese North ( 1 week )
Kos - Kalymnos - Gaidaros - Arki - Patmos - Leros - Kos

2. Kos - Kos Dodecanese South ( 1 week )
Kos - Nisiros - Tilos - Halki - Rhodes - Symi - Kos

3. Kos - Kos Dodecanese ( 2 weeks )
Kos - Kalymnos - Gaidaros - Samos - Fournoi - Patmos - Leros - Nisiros - Halki - Lindos - Rhodes - Symi - Tilos - Kos

4. Kos - Kos Dodecanese / Cyclades ( 2 weeks )
Kos - Leros - Patmos - Amorgos - Skinousa - Ios - Folegandros - Santorini - Astypalea - Tilos - Halki - Symi - Nisiros

5. Marmaris - Greek Islands - Bodrum ( 1 week )
Marmaris - Kadirga - Rhodes - Symi - Datca - Kargi - Knidos - Mersincik - Alakisla - Orak island - Akvaryum - Tavsanburnu - Bodrum

6. Bodrum - Greek Islands - Datca ( 1 week )
Bodrum - Kos - Nisiros - Tilos - Halki - Alinia - Rhodes - Bozukkale - Simi - Datça - Kargi

7. Marmaris - Greek Islands - Bodrum ( 1 week )
Marmaris - Kadirga - Rhodes - Alinia - Halki - Tilos - Nisiros - Mersincik - Kos - Kalimnos - Akvaryum - Bodrum

8. Bodrum - Greek Islands - Bodrum ( 1 week )
Bodrum - Kos - Nisiros - Tilos - Halki - Alinia - Rhodes - Symi - Datca - Bodrum

Home of the Hippocrates, the father of medicine, which is a large island full of contrasts. Rich in history, with many ancient ruins, as well as modern, lively towns, Kos is most enjoyable. Apart from the main, busy harbour, you can also visit Kamares, a more secluded cove.

Kardemena – This harbor lies on the SE coast of the island. It used to be a small fishing village but now has become a resort area. It provides good shelter from the meltemi, there is a pier to moor on to but at night due to the nightlife it can get a bit noisy. Fuel, water and provisioning are available.

Limin Kos - A fairly busy harbor as there are small boats that go back and forth from Turkey. During the meltemi it offers good shelter but it does tend to swell up. All facilities are available.

Masthari – This is a small fishing village on the NW coast of Kos. There is a new mole and offers good shelter from the meltemi.

Ormos Kamares – This small bay is located on the South end of the island. It offers good shelter from the meltemi and there is a small mole to moor on to. Water is also available at the mole as well as few tavernas.

This island of barren rock sparsely strewn with herb and thyme bushes and green valleys, enjoys an abundance of golden beaches. Its fame is owed to its celebrated sponge fishermen, who leave their island each spring for the north coast of Africa amid sombre ceremonies, to return five months later greeted by joyous celebrations. The island's capital is a newly built town which hugs the hillside. The houses are painted white and blue and from a distance look like some child's drawing. Along the coast are inlets and bays. Caves are also an interesting attraction, with their stalactites and healing waters. It's an ideal island for the amateur fisherman, with transparent seas favouring underwriter fishing. From Kalymnos it is an easy jaunt to the nearby tiny islands of Telendos and Pserirnos, idyllic spots for fishing and swimming.

Limin Kalymnos - Offers good shelter form the meltemi. If there are strong southerly winds the harbor can become uncomfortable. There is both fuel and water on the quay. There is also good provisioning and a number of tavernas.

Vathi – Is a fjord which is extremely attractive with its lemon and orange groves. There is a mole you can anchor on to. The fjord offers good shelter from meltemi. There are tavernas, water and some supplies available.

Ormiskos Vorio or Emobrios – A small bay with a T-pier which is usually occupied by the fishing boats, you can anchor off in the bay. There is a small taverna and offers fair shelter from the meltemi.

Vlikathia – A small bay with beautiful summer villas. There is a taverna ashore and offers good shelter from the meltemi.

Samos is located in the south-east part of the Aegean Sea, opposite the coast of Asia Minor. Legend says that Samos was named after Sao, the son of Rinis and Mercury. Throughout the centuries, Samos has been known by several different names, including Parthenorousa, Kyparisia, Stefani and Driousa.

Samos today is a nice green island which attracts tourists from all over the world, not only for the nice and endless beaches but also because of the history which left its mark everywhere.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit Samos, not only for the endless beaches and the clear water bays but also because they have the opportunity to visit the monuments which exist all over the island and prove its glamour through the centuries.

Samos is one of the most important Hellenic islands. The monuments and the museums which bear witness to the history of the island and Hellas, together with the clean beaches, the traditional villages, the monasteries and the churches, not to mention the night life, comprise an island that one cannot afford not to visit.

Patmos is located on the eastern part of the Aegean sea.The journey to the holy island from the island Samos is extremely short and there are daily routes by boats, flying dolfins and ships.

The port of Patmos is called Skala. On the top of the cliff is the beautiful Chora, the capital of the island with white houses and narrow roads overlooking the whole Aegean. In the middle of this landscape, dominates the enormous Byzantine monastery of St. John Theologos which was built in 1088.

In the monastery's safe there are byzantine icons, jewellery and emperor's presents, while in the library there are 3000 books and rare manuscripts. On the route between Skala and Chora is the Cave of the Apocalypse. It's a 17th century monastery which was built around the cave in which St. John wrote the book of Revelations.

The island of Leros belongs to the Dodekanise, on the southern edge of the Aegean.The sea sculped the coastline of Leros with lavish artistry giving it lacy shores, sandy beaches, protected harbours and amultitude of little islands allaround it. Nature there has been endowed with lush vegetation and landscape of pleasant alterations. History has played an important role on the island since ancient times. The people who have lived there have shown it respect and built monasteries, churches and mansions in a unique architectural style. Today Leros gives the impression of being one of the last little paradises.

At the beautiful, organised beaches of Agia Marina, Alinda, Krithoni, Panteli, Vromolithos, Xerokampos and Laki one can enjoy all swimming activities as well as relaxing .

An extinct volcanic crater. The island itself is almost square . The soil is very rich therefor the island is rich in vegetation. Take a walk up to the crater which spans 2 ½ miles across. The view is spectacular.

Mandraki – The main harbor of Nisiros there is mole and quay to tie onto. During high meltemi winds the harbor can become uncomfortable and even dangerous. Provisioning is available and several tavernas.

Palon - This harbor lies 2 miles E of Mandraki. There is a mole to tie on and it offers good shelter form the meltemi. Make sure to eat some fresh fish at one of the many tavernas. There is also a mini market for provisioning.

Halki is one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese. It is a mountainous, rocky island with excellent shores and numerous caves. Its stone houses are built amphitheatrically on mount Maistros (593 m), the island's highest peak. Its climate is very healthy, as it is mild both in winter and in summer. The winds can be very strong sometimes though and the sea can get stormy. It has a population of about 350 inhabitants, which are mostly stock-breeders and fishermen. Halki produces various stock-breeding products and fresh fish catches are served in every taverna. The inhabitants are simple, jolly, and warm-hearted people. In recent years, the island has been proclaimed an international meeting centre for young people. A municipal guest house has been built for this purpose. The locals approve of this movement and contribute the best they can to its preservation and further development.

Rhodes is the furthest south eastern island of Greece. It is a very popular, cosmopolitan island, where both Venetian and Turkish influence are apparent, giving it a special charm. Apart from the main harbour of Rhodes, where the magnificent statue of the Colossus once stood, you will find many picturesque, little coves, where you can swim in magical surroundings.

Mandraki - The main harbour of Rhodes. You cab tie on the N or the N end of the E quay. You will find the harbour can be fairly crowded and there is often fourboats out from the quay. The harbour offers good shelter from prevailing winds. There is water and electricity available at the quay as well as fuel. All provisions can be found.

This rocky, mountainous island, north west of Rhodes, is one of the most beautiful of the Dodecanese. Here, mast of the inhabitants live off sponge diving. The main part is Gialos. Other interesting villages include Nimborios, Marthoundas, Pedi and Panormos. Enjoy swimming in the clear waters of Symi, but don't forget to taste the excellent wine, honey, almonds and olives produced here.

The small island which is situated between Nisiros and Khalki is not visited by many tourists. During medieval the island was used to signal the island of Rhodes of approaching enemies.

Tilos has been one of the best-kept secrets in the Dodecanese for some time, with good unspoiled beaches, friendly people and wonderful walking country: a tranquil antidote to Kos town. From a distance it looks arid but it shelters groves of figs, almonds, walnuts, pomegranates and olives, all watered by fresh springs.

Ormos Livadhi – Located on the East coast of Tilos the large bay has a small quay. During the meltemi there can be a swell into the bay. Water and provisioning are available and there are number of tavernas.

Astypalea is the bridge which connects the Cyclades to the Dodecanese. On this island of the Dodecanese, one can encounter the special features which characterize both island groups.

Because of the abundant, fragrant flowers, her fruit, the Ancient Greeks called her the "Paradise of the Gods". Today, Astypalea is also famous for her exceptional honey and the high quality of fish.

Chora, one of the most beautiful towns in the Aegean, is outlined by numberless capes, thickets and sandy bays, tranquil, comely mountains seething with 365 picturesque churches and monasteries. A Venetian Castle stands proudly at the top of the town.

Other settlements that exist today are Livadi, Analypsi, Maltezana but, most of the island life is concentrated in Chora.

One of the best beaches the island has to offer is Steno, which divides the island in two. Other magestic beaches are Agios Konstantinos, Livadi, Schinontas, Maltezana, Marmaria and Plakes as well.

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