The Dodecanese islands of Greece closely follow the coast of Turkey, from Patmos in the north to Rhodes in the south.
The Dodecanese are relatively easy to reach with international airports on Kos and Rhodes and good ferry links, the making them ideal for an island hopping holiday.
Many offer a wealth of historical sights and archaeological finds, from the medieval castles of Rhodes to the cave of the apostle St John on Patmos.
Also noted for its beaches, variety is the keyword for Greek holidays here, from the hotel resorts of Kos and Rhodes to the secluded beach coves of Leros and Lipsi.
RHODES is very familiar to package tour holidaymakers with its medieval castles and packed holiday beaches. Day trips to the horseshoe harbour of tiny SYMI are legion while nearby HALKI enjoys an upmarket reputation.
The volcanic islands of NISYROS, KASTELORIZO, KARPATHOS and ASTYPALAIA are also all worth more than a casual visit.
KOS sits in the middle of the group and attracts package holidaymakers by the thousand with a string of good beaches on most coasts and a historic capital town.
To the north is KALYMNOS, famous for its rock climbing and PSERIMOS, a popular day trip destination boasting a single sandy beach in a horseshoe bay.
Nearby PATMOS is famous for its links to St John the Baptist while LEROS has several surviving wartime links. Both have delightful resorts and fine sandy beaches.
Noted as quiet idyls amongst the smaller islands are LIPSI, ARKI and MARATHAS, each with secluded beach coves and their own unique characters.
Holidays in the Dodecanese have all the variety you need if you are happy to hop on a ferry. Each island had its own atmosphere with opportunities for sightseeing, exploring, eating out or just relaxing on hideaway beaches.