Rhodes, Greece is the Crusader Isle, steeped in ancient history and boasting 300 days of blue skies each year. The island takes in more annual holiday visitors than virtually any other Greek island.
Rhodes (Rhodos or Rodos in Greek), lies between Crete and the near East in the Aegean sea. It is the biggest of the Dodecanese islands. Named the sun island or island of light, there are hardly any days when the sun doesn't shine. With its subtropical climate and over 3.000 hours of sun per year, visitors can be guaranteed a good tan on their holiday. Rhodes is one of the most popular holiday islands in Greece - even Greeks themselves come to Rhodes for a holiday from the mainland!
The attraction is not just the long summer and the sandy beaches but also the remarkably well preserved medieval city of Rhodes itself, castles galore courtesy of the Crusader Knights of St John and a hilly, forested interior with some lovely landscapes.
Rhodes today offers the visitor a plethora of all year round leisure alternatives, covering all types of tourist activity. The natural beauty of the island, the monuments from its long and often turbulent history, as well as the warm hospitality, all captivate the visitor.
The city has an excellent tourist infrastructure and offers a wide variety of entertainment (night-life, sports, cultural events, and day trips to wonderful Lindos and the neighbouring islands like Kos, Patmos, Karpathos, Kalymnos and Leros). Finally, visitors have the opportunity to learn something of the eventful history of the city, visit the museums or go sightseeing.
SIGHTS OF INTEREST
The city of Rhodes is one of the biggest municipalities of in the Greek islands. It is the financial and cultural centre of the south eastern Aegean and successfully combines a lively present with a rich historical past. Rhodes town has an excellent tourist infrastructure and offers a wide variety of entertainment such as night life, sports, cultural events and day trips to wonderful Lindos and neighbouring islands.
Highly recommended: to visit Simi island for a day trip!
Lindos lies on the east coast of the island at a distance of 56 Km away from the capital city of Rhodes. Like the old town of Rhodes, Lindos is one of the monuments that has been declared subject to preservation and thus has been able to retain its traditional colour.
The district of Ialyssos (or Ialysos) encompasses the northern part of the island. It was inhabited in the prehistoric period. Remains of a Minoan settlement have been found at Trianda and Mycenaean cemeteries have been located on the surrounding hills of Makria Vounara and Moschou Vounara (1700-1400 BC).
The Valley of the Butterflies
The Valley of butterflies is a biotope unique in the world, surviving untouched in its own dimension. The Valley runs the river Pelekanos, which is fed by small, rushing waterfalls.
Archaelogical museum of Rhodes
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is housed in the medieval building of the Hospital of the Knights. The Museum contains the following collections: Tomb groups from ancient Ialysos of the Geometric and Classical periods: vases, figurines, jewellery, metal objects.
Tomb groups from ancient Kamiros of the Geometric and Classical periods: vases and small objects.
A collection of Classical, Hellenistic and Roman sculpture.
Mosaic floors of the Hellenistic period from Rhodes town and of the Early Christian period from Karpathos.
Funerary slabs from the period of the Knights with relief representations of the dead persons or of their coats of arms.
Epta piges (seven springs in Greek) lies on the way to Archipolis Village at a distance of about 3km before the church of Agios Nectarios. It is a valley flowing with clear springs and covered with enormous plane and pine trees. Here the visitor can experience the unique beauty of the interior regions of Rhodes.