The island of Rhodes, shaped like the head of a spear at one time was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Colossus of Rhodes – until an earthquake in 226 BC brought down these great symbols of wealth. This unique sailing area lies just off the coast of Turkey and is home to some of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Discover Simi’s picturesque harbor, the famous monastery of St. John on Patmos, the dormant volcano on Niseros, Kalimnos, home of the sponge divers, and Samos, once home to Pythagoras, where the main town is named in his honor. The longer passages and weather conditions make this the perfect holiday for those seeking exhilarating sailing.

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Sailing conditions

In the summer the prevailing wind is the meltemi blowing from a North-West direction at Force 4-6. In Spring and Autumn the wind is less strong and blows from the South-East. Gusts are particularly strong off Patmos, Kalymnos, Kos, Nissyros, Tilos, Karpathos and Astypalea. In the comparatively open stretch of sea between Astypalea and Karpathos a large and distributed sea is set up when the meltemi blows for days on end. Although it is possible to go N when the meltemi is blowing, it makes better sense to plan to be heading S in July and August. Temperatures in the summer can reach 35 degrees Celsius.

This location is better for intermediate or advanced sailors.

Getting there

There are many connecting flights from Athens to Rhodes/Kos everyday. Direct flights from the US to Kos are rare but there are indirect flights from most major US cities.

Transfer time from Rhodes airport to Rhodes Harbour: 40 minutes
Transfer time from Kos airport to Kos Marina: 45 minutes

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7 Day

Day 1: Marina Mandraki, Rhodos

Day 2: Simi (23nm)

Day 3: Palos, Nisiros Island (32nm)
Nisiros is a volcanic island that, while still active, hasn’t erupted in over 100 years. Try a soumada, a non-alcoholic, almond-flavoured drink made in Nisiros.

Day 4: Kos Island (21nm)
Kos is the birthplace of the father of medicine, Hippocrates.

Day 5: Tilos Island (35nm)
Tilos has churches, castles, deserted villages, and lovely beaches.

Day 6: Chalki Island (4nm)
Chalki is a beautiful little island where life moves slowly. See the Crusader castle and country chapels.

Day 7: Marina Mandraki (37nm)

14 day

Day 1: Mandraki Marina

Day 2: Simi (23nm)
Enjoy the beautiful harbour at Simi.

Day 3: Palos (32nm)

Day 4: Kos (21nm)

Day 5: Leros (27nm)

Day 6: Patmos (20nm)
Patmos was voted by Forbes magazine as one of “Europe’s most idyllic places to live.”

Day 7: Lipsos (10nm)

Day 8: Levitha (23nm)
Levitha was mentioned in two of Ovid’s works, Ars Amatoria and Metamorphoses. You may feel like you have the whole island to yourself, because there are very few full-time inhabitants here.

Day 9: Kalimnos (27nm)
Sponge diving has shaped the history of Kalimnos. Kalimnos is also one of the premiere world destinations for rock climbing on the superb limestone

Day 10: Astipalaia (39nm)
Check out The Venetian Castle, the charming white houses, and great restaurants with stunning views.

Day 11: Tilos (53nm)
The mountainous terrain of Tilos has an abundance of plant and wildlife and magnificent views.

Day 12: Halki (14nm)
Hidden amongst its cobbled streets a traditional baker and numerous fishermen can be found carrying on the family vocations at a pace unaffected by the growing tourism found elsewhere in the Dodecanese. Beyond the main town Halki rises to the rocky peak of Mount Maistros at nearly 600m above sea level and the surrounding inland areas provide spectacular walks and views in every direction.

Day 13: Lindos (49nm)
Lindos has fine beaches and plenty of culture ranging from the temple of Anthena to the Bysantine Panagia Church to St. Paul’s Bay.

Day 14: Mandraki Marina

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