Departures every day from Rhodes to Simi, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Lipsi and Patmos and return with High Speed Catamaran Dodekanisos Express!
A breathtaking view of the port is the visitor's first impression of the cosmopolitan island of Symi. This magical port, as well as the crystal clear blue sea, has made Simi one of the most treasured secrets of the Dodecanese. Luxury is combined with humble beauty and as for its beaches, there is one for every taste: Ag. Nikolaos, Marathounta, Ag. Georgios.
In Panormitis, a great monastery complex, one can admire the imposing decorated bell tower, the church and the miraculous icon of the Saint. The church is a centre of pilgrimage and a resting area for many travelers during the summer and organizes a big festival on 8th November.
Like an outdoors historical museum, the city of Kos is full of ancient buildings and impressive samples of the Italian architecture. It is an island with many charms, such as the palm trees avenue, the Hippocrates tree, where the famous ancient doctor taught his pupils and the medieval castle in old Pyli. If you care for cosmopolitan attractions, head to Kardamaina, whereas if you prefer a more quiet recluse, visit Limionas and Agios Theologos to indulge in a lovely sunset. For alternative delights pay a visit to Zia with its famous taverns or the Antimacheia castle and Asklipieio, the old therapeutic centre.
Wild beauty and a rich natural environment, friendly inhabitants and hospitality are what make Kalymnos one of the loveliest destinations in the Dodecanese. An island that offers both quiet vacations and alternative sports, such as diving and rock-climbing. Very popular for its sponge diving past, Kalymnos has also many beautiful beaches and a breathtaking coastline.
The small island of Leipsoi is 11 miles east of Patmos. It lends its name to a group of islands that includes twenty-four islets and six rocks, the biggest of which are Arefousa, Aspronisia, Markonisi, Kaparonisi, Piato, Psomo, Pilavi, Stavri, Lira and Kouloura.
The name of the island is very old and we find it as "Lepsia" in early Christian inscriptions. From the archaeological findings and other sources we can conclude that Leipsoi was initially inhabited by Dorians and later Ions from Militos. In the Byzantine era, Leipsoi was part of Kivyrairoi Thema. Emperor Alexios 1st Komninos donated Patmos and Leipsoi to Saint Christodoulos (end of 11th beginning of 12th century). In the following years Leipsoi were dominated by the Franks, the Knights of Rhodes, the Turks and the Italians before the island joined Greece in 1948, together with the other islands of Dodecanese.
Leros belongs to the northern part of Dodecanese and it is only 1 mile far from Kalymnos. Leros, an island full of forests was devoted to Artemis, and has been inhabited since the prehistoric era. The island probably took its name by the ancient word "leros" that means flat, smooth. The period, however, that marked Leros was the period of Italian rule (1912-1943). The whole island was transformed to an arsenal and a navel base with remarkable fortification and military works. A new town was established at Lakki, an open museum of experimental and comparative architecture. An original European architectural style emerged. Leros was mercilessly bombed for 52 days by the Germans and was almost leveled. The island joined Greece with the other Dodecanese islands in 1948.
Patmos is known as the island of the Apocalypse. It is believed that the island took its name from the mountain Latros at Caria of Asia Minor. According to mythology, Patmos is mentioned when Orestis, who killed his mother, passed from the island. Patmos was first inhabited by Cares, according to archaeological findings at Kasteli region.
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