Take A Yacht Charter In The Lovely Islands Of Kos And Rhodes

Posted by nick_niesen on October 29th, 2010

What about a different vacation in Greece? Have you thought of exploring the Greek isles? Do you know a sailor or do you have any experience in sailing? The best way to see the Greek islands is to sail them in your own yacht. There are a lot of yacht charter companies offering sailing yachts for charter. Even if you do not know how to sail, you can hire a crew or a captain. Or you can join a flotilla. Many flotilla itineraries include special events like beach parties and fun regattas, and give you the chance to mix with other sailors.

The Dodecanese (Twelve Islands or Dodekanes) is the most southerly group of islands in the Greek archipelago. Visit Rhodes and Kos, islands full of history and nice beaches, Symi and Patmos is islands uncorrupted from the civilization. Since Turkey is only 5 nautical miles away from Kos, this country is certainly within reach for a sailing vacation in this area.

Did you know that "Dodecanese" means "twelve islands" in Greek and that is why these groups of islands sometime is called "Twelve Islands".

The 14 Dodecanese islands have a lot to offer. You will find a wonderful mix of architectural styles of eastern and western civilizations. Almost every island has its classical remains, its Crusaders' castle, and its traditional villages.

The Meltemi wind has its peak in July and August. It starts irregularly in June, blows more strongly in July through to September and again sporadic in October These northerly winds do affect any itinirary and consider a one-way charter from Kos to Rhodes during July to September.

Usually sailing charter companies in Dodecanese have their bases in either Rhodes or Kos.

Kos is dominated by a Crusader castle and known as the place of birth of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. The lovely harbor at Kos city is a popular place to put a yacht. The harbor is filled with sights and sounds both day and night as visitors party on boats just off the coast, and in bars, restaurants and clubs located on the harbor itself. Of course, there are locals here too, and small fishing boats make up the most of of the sea traffic. The island of Kos is populated by nearly 180,000 people, many of them still living the old-fashioned lives of Greek fishermen.

Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese. It is well-known for the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which was sadly demolished. Rhodes has everything from beautiful beaches to a lush, green interior, a capital full of energetic and noisy activity and one of the top sunshine records in Greece. The rock-rose is so productive here that it has been called the 'Island of Roses' and whiles the northern coast is renowned for its active vacation resorts the south offers nice beaches and a slower, more simple pace of life.

For more information on sailing charters in Greece, be sure to visit the sites listed below.

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