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Luxury Yacht Charter Destination


With near perfect sailing conditions and a real flavour of the Orient, a luxury yacht charter in the Dodecanese Islands will bring you great memories of some of the most beautiful and diverse islands in the Greek Aegean. The name Dodecanese literally means Dodeca (twelve) nisia (islands). The 12 islands in the chain are in the northeast Aegean and have changed hands several times between Turkish, Italian, German, British and Greek rule over the centuries.

Being a remote outpost of Greece, the islands have their own cultures that are often very different to that of mainland Greece. You will find the pace of life is distinctly laid back here and the locals are very welcoming to visitors whether at anchor or in port. While there are nightlife hotspots such as Rhodes and Kos, most of the Dodecanese islands are quiet outposts of the Hellenic nation.

The Dodecanese lie at the crossroads of civilisations - to the east you have Africa, Asia and the Orient while to the west you have Europe and the Americas. This has made many of the islands wealthy due to trade that has passed through along the Silk Road from China.  Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Greece have fought over the islands through the centuries and there is a great diversity in food, traditions and outlook among the people who live here.

The islands themselves are products of intense geological activity owing to the tectonic plates grinding beneath the surface. Expect to see high mountains jutting out of the sea or even a live volcano surrounded by lush vegetation in the case of Nisyros, but it isn’t just what goes on above the surface of the sea that is impacted by Asia and Europe bumping into one another - the sea itself is affected as well. Don your snorkel mask or scuba dive kit and head below the waterline to discover all the treasures the Dodecanese have to offer.

Average temperatures can dip to a chilly 12 degrees in February but hit a roasting 35 degrees or more at the height of summer. In the winter months you will often find the sea is warmer than the air, with water temperatures rarely getting below 17 degrees, all of which make the Dodecanese a perfect destination for a luxury superyacht adventure.

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