Let’s Ferry around the Dodecanese!

Looking to book ferry tickets for one of the twelve (do’deka) islands (nisia’) of the Dodecanese such as Rodos, Patmos and Kos or maybe a couple of tips for your vacation there? Good thing your search brought you here because we’ll be going through all the basic details of the lot.

Rodos, the largest, is well known for the great numbers of the visitors it hosts every holiday season. In case you are British it’s possible that you’ve ran into the name while going through media headlines that may have included words like “party” and “incident”.

This might actually be the reason why you might be considering spending your vacation at Rodos’ main town or in Faliraki. -Those of you looking for family or simply a relaxing vacation don’t look away, the island is huge and there are several other gorgeous islands nearby!- Now that we’re all still here let me assure you may set base at gorgeous towns like Lindos and explore the rest of the island.

Mandraki, Rhodes (2)
The castle in Mandraki town, Rodos

For more information on Rodos, as well as ferry tickets for the Blue Star ferries itineraries that reach Rodos all year round, you may also visit its’ page in our website! Bear in mind that these itineraries also connect Rodos to the rest of the Dodecanese at least three or four times a week during the “high” season (late May – early September).

More specifically, Blue Star Ferries itineraries starting at Piraeus reach Rodos as their final destination, stopping at some other Dodecanese destinations such as Astypalaia, Patmos, Lipsi and Kalymnos. These itineraries follow the reverse route back to Piraeus.

 

Travelling from Rodos to the northwest, on your way to Kos, practically along the Turkish coast, you’ll pass four small islands, Halki, Symi, Tilos and Nisyros. What you shoudln’t do is just pass by them. Book your ticket with one of Dodekanissos Seaways itineraries and visit them in order to discover secluded little beaches, castles, picturesque towns and most of all the friendly locals. Dodekanissos Seaways is a smaller company executing local itineraries and the fact that they were awarded passenger line of the year for 2015, at the Lloyd’s list Greek Shipping Awards should be reassuring of this small company’s great service.

 

After going through these wonderful little islands you’ll finally reach Kos, the second most populated island of the complex. You’ll have a great time at one of the many bars or exploring the Medieval Castle and several pieces of signifcant architectural value. Kos, being a large island, offers great balance between mass tourism and secluded, pristine and quiet areas to spend time in.

Kalymnos, north of Kos, is a place famous for sponge-diving is practically dedicated to this activity through museums and exhibitions. Visit this rather discrete destination for a break from mass tourism.

Continuing North, en route to Patmos, you’ll pass by another couple of hidden little treausures, Leros and Lipsi. The first, regarded the island of ancient Greek Goddess Artemis is, a wonderful and quiet island to spend a few days while the latter is actually a complex of about 30 islets, is home to no specific God but stands equally well as a place to escape the burdening lifestyle of “modern times”.

Viewing the port of Leros from above.
Viewing the port of Leros from above.

Patmos, the northernmost island of the complex, is the perfect place to spend Orthodox Easter, as the already strong religious traditions of locals combine with the visitors eagerness for a unique experience, producing a glorious celebration. Easter in Patmos is something you should experience first hand, especially if you are religious. Even if you can’t make it for Easter though, you should definitely visit the monastery of St. John the Theologian as it still manages to demonstrate the essence of the island’s religious history.

The Monastery of St. John, in Patmos.
The Monastery of St. John, in Patmos.

Some dodecanese itineraries that stop at Patmos also reach Pythagorio, in Samos, which belongs to the Northern Aegean islands but are mostly carried out during the summer months.

On the eastern edge of the complex lies Astypalea which looks like a butterfly on the map and like an island of the Cyclades from up close. The island’s landscape offers excellent views from the numerous hills that eventually lead to the island’s Hora. Visit Astypalea to enjoy private vacations at secluded beaches and celebrate along the occasional local festivities.

Karpathos is the one you’ll find on the southern part of the complex, alongside Kasos, both being in between Rodos and Crete, potentially bridging the two, or rather offering a great extra destination if you where travelling from on to the other. Stay at Karpathos in order to witness a heavily traditional greek island which is perfect for beach as well as mountain activities.

Mountain climbing can offer spectacular views.
Mountain climbing can offer spectacular views.

Last, tiny and definitely not least would be the island of Kastelorizo, a very small island, practically the westernmost Greek ground, much closer to the Turkish coast than any other place in Greece. Itineraries that reach this little paradise leave Piraeus twice a week and are carried out by Blue Star Ferries. The trip is long but the unique cosmopolitan identity of an island that served for centuries as the cross roads between 3 continents is really worth it. Take memorable pictures of the colorful houses of the main town and take pleasure from a relaxing swim in the deep blue waters around the island.

The gorgeous little colorful houses in Kastelorizo.
The gorgeous little colorful houses in Kastelorizo.

A point that you have probably grasped by now, is that the Dodecanese offer unique cosmopolitan landscapes, the opportunity to party as hard as you can, in the most popular parts of Rodos and Kos, as well as the chance to rest as much as you need to, in the secluded quiet areas of the smaller islands.

Choose wisely and we’ll be here to serve you when you need to book ferry tickets for the Dodecanese.