Holidays in Rhodes

Holidays in Rhodes

The capital of the Dodecanese and the fourth largest Greek island after Crete, Euboea, and Lesvos,

is consistently one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

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An island of intense contrasts,

Rhodes blends medieval with traditional elements,

lace beaches with pine-covered mountains, mountain villages with seaside settlements,

archaeological sites, medieval monuments and cosmopolitan tourist destinations that every expectation.

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Its rich history is pervasive in every corner of the island as every conqueror that passed has left its mark strong.

The island was particularly prosperous in the 4th century. BC, when the famous Colossus rose,

a work by Lindy Haris, a disciple of Lysipus.

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After the devastating earthquake of 155 AD The Persians, Arabs,

Saracens and Seljuks settled on the island, and in 1309 the Ioannite Knights arrived,

renovating the castle with a unique fortification in Europe.

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It was their seat until 1522 when it was conquered by the Turks. In 1912 it passed to the Italians and in 1948

it was incorporated with the rest of the Dodecanese into Greek territory.




The medieval town, the island’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site,

is built semicircularly around the central harbor.

It was founded in 408 BC. and consists of the fortified medieval (old) town and the new town with old,

neoclassical and later buildings.

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In the Old Town of Rhodes dominates the Palace of the Grand Master (14th century), the “Castello”,

one of the first buildings built by the Knights, while a promenade on the famous Street of the Knights

is faithfully restored to its original form. medieval years.

Along it was the houses of those who composed the Order of the Knights of St. John.
Two of the most central streets of the Old Town start from Hippocrates Square:

Aristotelous Street,  which leads east to Jewish Witnesses Square, and Socrates Street,

the bustling Old Market street.

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At the top of Socrates Street is the Suleimaniye Mosque, built by Sultan Suleiman

shortly after the capture of Rhodes.

At the point where Socrates Street meets Orpheus Street is the clock tower,

which was built by Fecti Pasas in 1857 and today functions as a bar. From the top of the tower,

you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Old Town.

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At the Archaeological and Byzantine Museum (housed in the building of the Knight’s Hospital and

the Virgin Mary of Nike, respectively) you can admire important finds and relics that testify

to the island’s rich history.




Outside the city walls lies the new city, dominated by impressive buildings built during the Italian occupation,

such as the Post Office, the Prefecture (referring to the Doge’s Palace in Venice),

the Town Hall, the National Theater and the Church of the Annunciation.

A stroll in Mandraki, the small harbor with the statues of deer, is a must,

while there is a marina next to the Mill

and the St. Nicholas Lighthouse.

In the southernmost part of the city, you will find the Aquarium, the configuration

of which resembles a marine underground cave, where Aegean sea species are hosted.

On the other side of town, you can visit Rodini, a beautiful park with peacocks, running waters

and paths between pines and cypresses.

Rodini is known to host the so-called Rhodes Rhetoric School,

where celebrities such as Julius Caesar and Cicero attended.

On the hill of Agios Stefanos or Monte Smith – the acropolis of ancient Rhodes – the ancient stadium,

conservatory and temple of Pythios Apollo are preserved among others.

North of the island you will find the area of ​​Kallithea,

where you can visit:

Koskinou

a preserved traditional settlement with colorful Rhodian houses decorated with ceramic plates and textiles.
-The famous bathing facilities of Kallithea, with the impressive Rotunda, the vaulted building of the hot springs.

Sources have been known since antiquity for the healing properties of the “red water” that sprouted

from here and were exploited in 1929 by the Italians.

– Wonderful beaches such as Faliraki, Kallithea and small creeks such as Ladiko (where the film “The Canons of Navarone” was shot in 1961) and Anthony Quinn.

The area of ​​Ialyssos (or Triandas) is today one of the most popular and cosmopolitan resorts on the island with state-of-the-art hotel facilities and vibrant nightlife.

The citadel of Ialyssos was home to Olympian Diagoras and one of the three powerful cities of ancient Rhodes along with Lindos and Kamiros. Today, on the busy Ialyssos avenue you will see the neoclassical villas (“towers”)

where the wealthy Rhodians lived.

Do not miss to visit:

-The archaeological site of the acropolis of ancient Ialyssos, on the hill of Filerimos, with a plethora of monuments, including the temple of Athena Polias, the Doric fountain, the Temple of the Knights

and the chapel of St. George of Chios.

-The impressive monastery of Panagia Filerimos with its large cobblestone courtyard and the Gothic-style stone church (15th century)

-The road to Calvary, with cypresses and stone columns depicting the Passion of the Christ.

The road ends in a large cross.

Ialyssos beach with the blue waters

The windsurfing in the area makes it ideal for water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing.

-The annual cultural festival of Ialysia which takes place every August.

The Afandou area

a settlement with typical island architecture and a beautiful beach is famous for its state-of-the-art golf course that operates all year round.

Near the village, you will find Kolimbia, the coastal settlement with the famous, tree planted by the Italians, Eucalyptus Street.

Near the village of Theologos lies the famed Butterfly Valley, a habitat of rare natural beauty

with lush vegetation in which from June to September millions of Panaxia quadripunctaria butterflies appear.

In the same area, there is a small museum of Natural History.

Archangelos is the largest town on the island that has been inhabited since the Mycenaean times.

At the foot of the castle around the temple of Archangel Michael lies the traditional quarter with colorful old houses, where the inhabitants, untouched by the boisterous tourist development, still adhere to their local traditions,

giving a special character to the area.

Worth seeing is the castle built by the Knights of Ioannina in 1320, the church of Archangel Michael

with its pebbled courtyard, the Upper or New Monastery of Panagia Tsambika with the homonymous beach,

the cave of Koumellos and the village of Malona, ​​which is within the larger Rhodes. In the shadow of the pine trees and the plane trees, you will find the Seven Springs, an area that reveals the unique natural beauty of Rhodian inland.

Kamiros was one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes. Its remains are preserved in a verdant archaeological site until today. Visit traditional villages such as Soroni (with the same beach) and Salako, ideal for nature lovers thanks to the rich vegetation and many springs. From there you can reach Prophet Elias, the second-highest mountain in Rhodes, with the homonymous chapel at the top. Perched on the slopes of the mountain you will find traditional villages with springs and tall plane trees.

The highest mountain of Rhodes, the imposing Attaviros with overgrown foothills and rocky peak, dominates the semi-mountainous villages of the area. The ascent to the summit offers anyone who strives for it beyond a refreshing route and a fantastic view of the entire island. Embonas, the “Kefalohori” of the area, is built on vineyards and is famous for its exceptional wine and its traditional character. Enjoy the sunset in one of the imposing castles of the area: the Monolith, built by the Ioannina knights in the 14th century or the castle of Crete. On the rocky coasts of the area, you will find magnificent bays, such as Fourni, Glyfada and the beaches of Crete, where you can enjoy the sun and the sea away from the crowds.

Lindos was a rich and powerful ancient city-state, something that is still reflected in its imposing citadel, perched on a towering rock. Arriving in Lindos is certainly impressed by the panorama of the village that lies at the foot of the cliff, a traditional settlement with whitewashed houses, mansions, churches, and cobbled streets. Following the path through the village, we reach the ancient citadel, where ancient, Byzantine and knightly monuments combined with imposing walls and magnificent sea views create a magnificent space. Lindos is famous for its beaches with blue waters, which even have water sports facilities.

In Southern Rhodes nature is revealed in all its splendor: endless beaches stretch from Kiotari and Gennadi to Lachania, Flood and Prasonisi, a favorite place for windsurfing and kite surfing lovers. Here life flows at its own pace, far from the bustle of the city and bustling tourist resorts. But also inland gold plains, forests, low hills, and valleys form a festival of colors that soothe the mind and the soul. Its ancient villages are mainly rural, still retaining their traditional color, traditional locale but also traditional Rhodian decoration in their homes!

Information for hikers: Wonderful routes reveal the natural beauty of the island in all its splendor: hiking from Filerimos through a magnificent pine forest (2 hours), trekking in the butterfly valley (3 hours), from the village of Salakos on the top of Prophet Elias (4 hours), from the castle of Cretini in the village of Cretini through a fertile valley (4 hours) or the conquest of the top of Attavyros for the most skilled hikers (6 hours) are just some of the options offered by Panem island.

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