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Fact File for The Dodecanese

The Dodecanese Islands are located on the south eastern side of Greece, between the Cyclades and the coast of Turkey. They are unique for their medieval architecture and tranquil beaches. Although there are 150 islands in the group, only 26 are inhabited, and Rhodes and Kos are among the 12 biggest ones. Charters in the Dodecanese often include visits in the Turkish Riviera and vice versa.

COORDINATES: 36º37N, 27º22E

LANGUAGE: Greek

LARGEST ISLAND: Rhodes

WEATHER: Summers are long and hot with very scarce rainfall and average daily temperatures at about 28C (82F).

BEST TIME TO CHARTER: June-September

AIRPORTS: The international airports in Kos (KGS) and Rhodes (RHO) offer seasonal flights to major European cities and daily connections to Athens.
The Athens International Airport (ATH) offers international flights to major European cities. Airlines from Athens include: Air France, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa

TIME: UTC+2 (winter), UTC+3 (summer)

CURRENCY: EUR; major credit cards including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted and ATMs are available on the islands.

ELECTRICITY: 230 V, 50 Hz

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 6 Jan Epiphany
  • 25 Mar Independence Day
  • Mar/Apr Orthodox Good Friday
  • Orthodox Easter Monday
  • 1 May Labor Day
  • May/Jun Orthodox Whit Monday
  • 15 Aug Assumption
  • 28 Oct Ochi Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas
  • 26 Dec Glorifying Mother of God

MAIN PORTS AND MARINAS: Symi Port, Rhodes Port, Kos Port, Port Augusta, Vathy

RECOMMENDED BEACHES: The Dodecanese Islands are a great place to relax under the hot sun and while some beaches are totally remote, others are more organized and crowded. Some of the recommended beaches are Nas in Symi, Pedi in Symi, Kyra in Karpathos, Polemi in Kos, Ladiko in Rhodes.

CULTURAL: Greece is a country of great interest and diverse cultures influenced by its strategic location between the East and the West. Greeks are very proud of their history and rich cultural heritage and are strongly influenced by the Greek Orthodox Church. Dress is mostly casual and smoking is prohibited inside public transport and buildings.

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