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Rhodes and the Dodecanese Travel Guide

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Plan Your Rhodes and the Dodecanese Vacation

Wrapped enticingly around the shores of Turkey and Asia Minor, the southernmost group of Greek islands called the Dodecanese (Twelve Islands) lies at the eastern edge of the Aegean Sea. The Dodekánissa archipelago first grabbed the spotlight when Rhodes was colonized by the crusading Knights of the Order of St. John in the 14th century. Today, of course, the Visa-wielding Order of

the Holy Camcorder now besieges its famed capital, Ródos town, but happily Kos’s native Hippocrates—father of Western medicine—seems to have immunized many of the inland landscapes of blissfully peaceful Symi and Patmos against tourists.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Medieval Magic As much as sun and sand, the monuments built by the Knights of St. John some 700 years ago are what draw visitors to Rhodes—no more so than its walled-in Old Town, a remarkably well-preserved and photogenic testimony to the Crusader past.
  2. Healing Hippocrates Kos's site of ancient healing, the Asklepieion, was the renowned medical school founded by Hippocrates, father of Western medicine.
  3. Natural Wonders The terrain yields butterflies (Rhodes), hot sea springs (Kos), countless coves (Patmos), and mountain paths (Symi).
  4. St John's Patmos Called the "Jerusalem of the Aegean," Patmos is as peaceful as it was when the Apostle John glimpsed the Apocalypse in his cave here—the spiritual mystique of this little island is still strong.

When To Go

When to Go

To avoid crowds, just before and after peak seasons (May–June and September) are good seasons to visit. August is the busiest season on all th...

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