Dodecanese Islands put on a table a lot from medieval castles to Byzantine churches and from raw natural wonders to state of the art resorts. It is not long before these unblemished islands are marred by the drive of tourism, and fortunately we have done half the job of your trip planning by picking up the 3 floating jewels of the jewels of Aegean Sea.
Karpathos: best for activities
Despite its smaller size compared to the rest of the Greek islands, choices of outdoor activities proliferate in its picturesque beaches, and variety of landscapes. The Karpathos’ white trade mills perched on top of the cliffs is immortal. The swooshing waves collide with the cliff bottom, some 200m below, and not to mention the sight is breath-taking.
The crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea off the islands’ western frontier are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Its diverse territories encompass many mountain-biking trails as well.
Rhodes: best for history
Picture courtesy - Twisting and turning streets lead you deep into the fortified, labyrinthine town centre of Rhodes. Arched gates mark the starting of narrow streets which are junction at leafy squares. Medieval villas, Byzantine churches, Turkish baths are speckled all over the island. The only thing missing in this time-warped place is the sight of armoured knights marching on the alleyways. The museums are rich but the true essence of the place is grasped by meandering around.
Kalymnos: best for life by the sea
The Pothia harbor is the best place to see the free-spirited Kalymnos at its best. You can sense the breeze of the Aegean Sea in you salt-entangled hairs. The sound of dishes at waterside eateries, mopeds swooshing by at full throttle and humming of fishermen will all soothe your ears.
Sponge diving is the main means of livelihood here, and Kalymnos has been associated with it since the days of Plato. Sea is the spiritual home to all locals, and this is the core reason behind the prosperity of Sponge diving at the island. Daily around noon, sponge divers pull out their catch. They take the sponges out from their nets with their backs leaned against the bright yellow walls of the cathedral and leave it to get dry with a feeling of contentment which they get from the priceless underwater excursion.
Courtesy – TraveleZe