You may take a car to the Dodecanese on one of the large ferries that sail daily from Piraeus to Rhodes and less frequently to the smaller islands. The bad news is that there are not many roads on Rhodes while the good news is that they are all in fine condition and, even better, detailed maps are available. It is possible to tour the island in one day if you rent a car. Traffic is likely to be heavy only from Rhodes town to Lindos. In Kos, a car is advisable only if you are interested in seeing points outside Kos town, and even then it's not necessary. A car, though, makes it easy to skirt the coast and make stops at the many sandy beaches. In Patmos, a car or motorbike makes it easy to tour the island, though most other sights and outlying restaurants are easily reached by bus or taxi, and a few beaches can be reached by either bus or boat. Symi, which has only one road suitable for cars, is best explored on foot or by boat.
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