Nissiros is an island of volcanic origin close to Kos. Many tourist boats from Kos arrive every day. The local buses serve the transportation to the volcano and the villages around the island.
Rhodes the biggest of the Dodecanese islands and the fourth largest in Greece lies in the southeast of the Aegean, very close to the coast of Asia Minor. Its mountains are mostly pine-covered with well-watered, verdant and fertile valleys between them. The highest of these, Atavyros, is 1,215 m. high. The island has an area of 1,398 sq. km. and a shoreline of 220 km. Its population, a large percentage of which is employed in the tourist trade, is more then 90,000. The most important products of Rhodes are wine and olive oil, but it also produces folk artefacts such as ceramics, embroidery, textiles and carpets.
Kalymnos is a small island with an area of only 111 square km. Most of it rocky, and the coastline is highly indented and has numerous caves. Among its bear mountains are little areas of fertile ground where citrus trees -especially mandarins- are grown.
The population is more than 14.000, most of them working in the fishing trade and as sponge-fishers. Today, of course, many people are employed in tourism. Kalymnos lies between Kos and Leros, at a distance of 183 nautical miles from Piraeus.
Let yourself be carried away to a destination that weds, the transcendental with he earthly, where a pilgrimage to a place sacred to all Christendom may be combined with a peaceful holiday, spiritual meditation and worship of God with the waves breaking on the rocks, the solemn half-light of the churches with the blinding rays of the sun, the stark white of the buildings with the warm colours of the earth, the lustrous golden radiance of the Byzantine icons with the deep cobalt blue of the sea, spiritual peace with the welcoming, hospitable human environment, the Byzantine hymns wafted on the air with the islands earthy folk songs. Let yourself be taken to the place where your soul and your body are calling you. Follow the melodious chiming of the bells of the Monastery of St. John. Let yourself be draw in by Patmo's force of attraction
Leros is mountainous (rising to 1,073 feet 327 m) and consists of three peninsulas joined by two isthmuses, with a total area of 20 square miles (53 square km). Bathing beaches are found on the east and west coasts. It is believed that Leros and Kalymnos just to the southeast comprise the Kalydrian isles referred to by Homer; it was famous in ancient times for its honey and for a temple of Artemis. Leros was first inhabited by Carians, then, successively, by Cretans, Ionians, Byzantines, and Rhodians; the last two quarrelled over it until Rhodes took possession of it in 1319. Most of the property on the island belongs to women as a result of an old custom of handing down estates to the daughters.
Other small islands
Turkey – Bodrum
Situated in the west of Mugla, within the Gokova and Gulluks Bays, Bodrum is one of the most prominent tourism and entertainment centers of the world with its natural, historical and cultural endowments and its highly attractive bohemian way of life. The major local arts include carpet and kilim manufacturing and the building of the special trilandil type of Bodrum through is an art within itself. Bodrum or ancient Halicarnassus which is the hometown of Heredotus, known as the "Father of History", is a typical Aegean sea-side town with white-washed houses and narrow, winding streets lined with cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants.As developers paid increasingly steep prices for land, the hillsides and bays around the town became covered with holiday houses for vacationing residents of Istanbul and Ankara.