The Dodecanese archipelago
The islands of the Dodecanese are famous for Rhodes, Karpathos or Kos. They are culturally influenced by the coast of Asia Minor and are also Italian due to their former affiliation with Italy. The islands of Kos and Nisyros are particularly interesting for us because both are of volcanic origin. They belonged to a caldera that was about 4 to 5 times larger than that of Santorini. 140,000 years ago there was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in this region. Even today Kos is not only covered by layers of pumice up to 70-150 m thick. There are also hot springs on Kos and the island of Nisyros is the most active part of this volcanic archipelago. Both islands are ideal places for hiking and for studying ancient and natural history.