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View of Lindos
The picturesque bay of Kallithea, Rhodes
Stags by the harbour
Beach, Kos Town
Unspoiled Leros
Kalymnos harbour
Patmos, the monastery of St. John the Divine
For sporting enthusiasts, the Dodecanese offers an unlimited array of sporting facilities and opportunities. In particular, Kos being flat is ideal for cycling and the image of cyclists under the palm trees of the island?s capital has become in-fact part one of its tourist attractions and trademarks. Nevertheless a few other places in Greece can match the highly developed sporting infrastructure of Rhodes, where one can practise golf, tennis, volleyball, jogging, aerobics and almost any kind of water sport there is: windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, yachting, water-skiing, paragliding and many more. In the whole of the Dodecanese the beaches are unmatched in alluring holidaymakers from all over the world to experience the joys the Aegean Sea has to offer. In organised resorts in the main islands you will always find experienced instructors, willing to help you get to grips with the more demanding of water sports.

The rich culinary legacy of the Dodecanese, sharing similarities with Crete, Asia Minor and Cyprus, will seldom reveal itself to visitors unwilling to look for it at traditional tavernas of highland villages and minor islands. At the major resorts of Rhodes and Kos the cuisine although excellent is rather international instead of Greek. Nevertheless, undertaking a short trip by boat from Rhodes to the small but gracious island of Halki, inquisitive visitors will be greatly rewarded when tasting the local speciality of oven-cooked stuffed lamb ("ofto arni") and the homemade pasta, patiently produced by skilful housewives. At the island Karpathos, you will have the chance to try a great variety of specialities, such as the sesame-honey, the fried delicacies of "xerotigana", various pies and delicious local sweets. At Kos you can taste the local red cheese matured in red wine and accompany it with white semisweet wine. In the confectioner?s shop of the island you may also find the delicious local desserts of Kos, made from tiny tomatoes. But in terms of shopping, Rhodes is your paradise, with good buys ranging from gold and silver jewellery to leather goods, designer labels and ceramics. Traditional hand made items can be also purchased in the village of Archangelos, south of Rhodes Town, which specialises in pottery and carpeting.

The island of Patmos is called the Jerusalem of the Aegean due to overwhelming atmosphere created there during the great feast of Christianity. Pilgrims flock there especially during the Holy Week when rites and celebrations are exceptionally illustrious. On the 15th August, the Feast of the Virgin Mary, a church service is held in the morning and in the afternoon, open-air festivities are held with folk dances accompanied by local music and local delicacies. The most significant series of cultural events in Kos is the Hypocratia Festival held every year in August, which includes, musical, dramatic and artistic performances as well as athletic contests. In August the Rhodians and the island visitors head for the resort of Ialysos to enjoy the local festival. Traditional dancing takes place along with many other activities, which are open for participation to people from Greece and abroad.