December 10th, 2018
Lindos, Rhodes

What Makes Rhodes Such a Great Port to Start Your Blue Cruise?

One of the most popular and preferred port for starting a gulet charter blue cruise is Rhodes. It is the largest of all the 12 Dodecanese islands in Greece and offers something for every type of traveller. From peaceful coves and sandy beaches to a large assortment of restaurants and bars, as well as nightlife. Rhodes is also convenient for flights. Frequent flights via Athens are available during the vacation season. As well, the Mandraki harbor is a mere 20 minutes from Rhodes Airport.  But what other aspects make this island such a great place to start your Greece yacht charter holidays?

Turkish gulets in Symi Greece

Turkish gulets in Symi Greece

Rhodes is close to the lower Dodecanese islands, and for two-week trips can allow time for a gulet to travel to the upper Dodecanese islands as well.  So you can cover nearly all the islands in the Dodecanese, except for perhaps Kastellorizo which is too far away from the said route.  But if you combined both Turkish waters heading east to the Mediterranean side where you will find charming ports such as Gocek, Fethiye and ancient Lycian shores of Kas, Kalkan, and Demre, then you might be able to fit in Kastellorizo island.

Other nearby destinations can also include the Turkish shores of the Gulf of Gokova, Gulf of Hisaronu. Amazing places with quaint fishing villages, non-commercial, with the backdrop of lush green virgin hills.

For travellers who prefer to sail in Turkish waters aboard a gulet, but would rather start and end in Greece; Rhodes makes for the perfect choice in ports. Flights have been known to be cheaper by flying into Rhodes rather than Turkey.

Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos, Rhodes

Which islands can you see on a Rhodes – Rhodes yacht charter route? Well, your first stop could still be in Rhodes by cruising to the famous Lindos beach. Then you could make your way to Halki, very charming little island – especially for those who are looking for some R & R. Your gulet can then move up towards the west to Tilos, Nisiros, over to Symi (one of those must-see islands), and then return to Rhodes port.

There is, however, one important point to make. With the stricter maritime laws, many Turkish gulets must make at least one stop in a Turkish port. This stop can be just for the day, or entry then exit. Afterwards, you can continue your travels around the Dodecanese islands.

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

There are many places of interest in Rhodes. Before or after your gulet charter, you can visit the nearby attractions Rhodes is renown for such as the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes – a museum and periodically holds festivals. There is a huge Medieval city wall and inside the Old city, shopping can be fun for picking up souvenirs and other interesting treasures to take back home with you.  In addition, there are numerous other cultural and archaeological sites.

Well, as you can see, starting from Rhodes is a great option for those who desire the pleasure of a gulet charter holiday without really sailing in Turkey or embarking from Turkey and offers both peace and action. 🙂

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