Twelve or Dodecanese Islands

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Literally the word Dodecanese means twelve islands, it is a group of 12 and one hundred and fifty smaller Greek islands. They are in the Aegean Sea which is an elongated embayment of the Mediterranean Sea. As for the Greek islands, there are approximately 26 of them being inhabited. Together with the Turkish Coast, you can plan an itinerary of seven days embarking from Rhodes and disembark at Samos. For example, the day one is yachting 26 miles from Rhodes to Marmaris. Rhodes is actually closer to the Asia Minor and it has a shaped like a spearhead. Marmaris has a beautiful coastline and good fresh food and local wines. Their people are very friendly. Marmaris is a tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast and it is a port city that lives mainly on tourism. It is also a centre for diving and sailing. Then from Marmaris, you can yacht to Datca for about 46 miles. That makes up the second day of the journey.

Datca Peninsula

Datca Peninsula is eighty kilometers long. It is rather narrow. You can see the beautiful traditional windmills and it takes advantage of the strong winds near the peninsula. At the extreme west of the peninsula is Tekir.  That is a small peninsular which is almost like an island called the Cape Kriyo or the Cape Crio. During the ancient times, it was known as Trioplon as it was named after the founder of Knidos called Triopas who belonged to the house of Phoroneus. From Datca to Knido is only 20 miles. Day Four may be a day of yatching 22 miles from Knidos to Bodrum.

Bodrum

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Bodrum is a port city in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. If you have time, you can stop by St. Peter Castle, Blue Voyage, check out the Bodrum environs, windmills, and Taurgutreis Beach. If you like jumping of the water like their local kids, you can go to the Turgutreis Marina for swimming and even catching fish. From Asin Bay to Didyma is about 18 miles. Then head off to Kusadasi that is like 43 miles away. Kusadasi is also a resort town. Then heading back to Samos which is at the south of Chios, and north of the Dodecanese. You may have heard of the notable people of Samos such as the 6th century BC tyrant of Samos, Polycrates. The philosopher and religious leader, Pythagoras, the sculptor Rhoecus and Theodorus who is both a sculptor and architect. Being there, you can get more inspired by their notable presence so long time ago.

 

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