It would be difficult to find something missing from Rhodes. The island… at the edge of the map, with which generations of Greeks grew up in the post-war classrooms, experienced the touch of tourism from an early age. And it was no accident. The first visitors saw the unique combination of nature, urban landscape, inhabitants, culture and history and made Rhodes famous in all the lengths and breadths of the Earth.
The Old Town is a World Heritage Site, as it is the best preserved medieval settlement in the world. The Street of the Knights and the Palace of the Grand Master will take you to other places and other times.
Once you open your eyes, the journey of the senses will continue. The present is wonderful in Rhodes. People from all over the world flock to the island’s cafes, restaurants and beaches. The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, may no longer exist, but small and big miracles happen every day around every visitor.
A trademark of Rhodes are the statues of deer in the port, while a little further north one can enjoy the valley with the butterflies. For swimming the options are unlimited: Agathi, Anthony Quinn beach, Afandou, Vlicha, Kiotari, Kallithea, Mavros Kavos, Kolimbia, Traganou, Trianda, Tsampika etc.
And for the appetite, tomato meatballs with onion), risotto with cuttlefish ink and talagout, pancakes with honey and sesame.
is a large and famous destination on the group of Dodecanese in the southeastern Aegean.
Rhodes island definitely is a first-class destination for your amazing summer escape.
Best known as the “island of knights”, and with a large history, which can be appreciated by its historic buildings and sights.
The atmosphere at old town Rhodes reminds me of historical cinematic scenes coming from a different era!
Strong walls, cobbled streets, elegant mansions, and a medieval castle create the illusion.
that you have traveled back in time to the time of the knights.
Do not be surprised if you think you are in a medieval fairy tale.
Who knows? Maybe you were a gentleman or a princess in your past, life!
Explore the colorful island of Symi and visit the historic Panormitis Monastery on a day trip from Rhodes. Get some free time to go to the Naval Museum or find your own quiet corner and relax!
Take a full day trip by boat to Symi, the neighboring beautiful island of Rhodes. The island is famous for colorful neo-classical house facades, charming fishermen boats, sponge diving traditions and delicious sea food.
Explore Lindos at your own pace with a direct worry-free transfer from Rhodes Town, Ixia and Ialyssos. Get 4 hours to discover the 4th-century gates of the acropolis and Temple of Athena Lindia, or just relax on the beach.
Experience a trip along the east coast of Rhodes to the picturesque little town of Lindos. Visit the Acropolis, wander the small streets in the white town and visit a traditional ceramics studio.
One of the most well-preserved medieval towns – a UNESCO monument – dozens of spectacular beaches,
important archaeological sites, interesting inland and, of course, well-developed hotel infrastructure
and vibrant life make Rhodes an ideal island for a different getaway.
Lovers of luxury resorts and family vacations alike enjoy it, as well as those who want to combine relaxation
on the beaches either with monuments of different historical periods (from antiquity to the Italian occupation) or with intense nightlife and secularism.
The medieval city will monopolize your sightseeing as well as atmospheric restaurants and bars, while the most beautiful part of the new city is the beachfront casino with the historic “Hotel of the Rhodes” and other Italian buildings (National Theater, Administration Office, Post Office etc.) and the multi-photographed beach.
It is worth at least a day to spend it in the island’s second-class town, Lindos, with its acropolis and unique captains’ houses.
The most popular bases for accommodation are the nearby seaside resorts (Ixia, Ialyssos, Kallithea, Faliraki),
while in the south there are even less crowded beaches and “hidden” villages. It is an ideal island for those who love car tours and sightseeing:
from the Valley of the Butterflies and the Baths of Kallithea to Filerimos Hill and Ancient Kamiro, the rides are many and varied.
Your attention, of course, deserves the most unknown in many inland with the many natural beauties and monuments of Italian rule.
Also of interest are the villages of Kolimbia (25 km from the city) and Archangelos (28 km from the city):
the first for its green and pebbly beach and the second for the residents’ faith in their traditions and linguistic idiom.
(strongly reminiscent of Cyprus). Rhodes can finally be combined with one-day excursions to nearby satellite islands, such as Halki and Symi.
Walkthrough the historic city of Rhodes, visit the medieval monuments of the old town of Rhodes,
discover impressive castles, eat in excellent restaurants and swim in the incredible beaches of Rhodes.
Rhodes island is the only place thanks to its size that has always something new to discover.
Within the city limits of Rhodes lies the Medieval City of Rhodes or the Old Town,
as the locals call it, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world recognized since 1988 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Within the walls of the Old Town are remarkable monuments from the Byzantine era, the Turkish occupation,
and the Italian occupation, with the most imposing being the Grand Master’s Palace.
About 12 km northwest of the city is Rhodes State Airport “Diagoras”, which is the main gateway for visitors to the island?
The fact that Rhodes is consistently ranked fourth in arrivals nationally, as well as the fact that visitors
arriving on the island with a cruise ship numbering in the tens of thousands per year,
prove that Rhodes is an internationally recognized tourist destination of particular importance to Greece economy.
Rhodes is worldwide recognized, cosmopolitan and traditional, timeless and contemporary, fantastic and simple.
Rhodes is more than sure to fascinate you.
Rhodes is famous for its beautiful, organized beaches that offer its guests.
The large shopping market offering a wide range of clothing, food, and more than even the most demanding consumers can find.
Large and historical monuments, museums, many churches, ancient monasteries, lush forests with beautiful vegetation and easily accessible.
Rhodes becomes more attractive at night with the most beautiful clubs and bars playing Greek and foreign music from the early afternoon until the early morning.
Rhodes, in general, is for everyone.
Rhodes attracts many visitors every summer, so the island’s authorities take the visitor’s security seriously.
The roads on our island are updated every year to make it easy for everyone to reach their destination.
Hotels have the best specifications for the best accommodation for their clients. Police are everywhere
throughout the island, and above all the people of Rhodes are always polite and respectful of their visitors.
Some tips for safer vacations, please read carefully.
Do not swim in the pool or on the beach with a full stomach. It is advisable to swim 3 hours after eating.
Never swim after consuming a high dose of alcohol.
Do not stay in the sun for too long without the proper sunscreen. The consequences can be serious.
If driving a car, do not drive, and always abide by the regulations.
This way you can avoid accidents. If you don’t know where to go or get lost,
always keep a local guide with you, always provide the most important information
about the island, and provide a map where you can navigate.
Also, note the phone number of the hotel where you reside and request information.
Before you visit any shop or restaurant, look for reviews from the internet from people who have already visited the place.
This ensures that you get something worth trying, it is quality controlled and you avoid leaving unhappy.
If you are a pedestrian, be very careful when crossing a busy road,
always be sure to go before crossing the street.
Always look for a pedestrian crossing and always report any irregularities you see to the competent authorities.
The largest island in the Dodecanese, just 17 kilometers from the Turkish coast, and
one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean.
It has endless sandy beaches, beautiful hiking trails, many picturesque taverns and very good nightlife.
Rhodes is quite hot from mid-April until mid-November, so its tourist season is quite extensive compared to other tourist destinations.
The island has a rich collection of historical sites and monuments that bring to life Greek history.
In Rhodes we find everything from classical ancient temples to castles and states
of the Crusader Knights as well as Ottoman temples.
The town of Rhodes is divided into an old town within the castle of the Knights
and into a new town peripheral to the castle. Apart from the city,
Lindos can be found on the island, where there is an archaeological site and a very picturesque village,
Filerimo, Kameiro, the butterfly valley, Kalithea with the old thermal waters.
In Rhodes one can have fun in its many nightclubs. There are clubs, live bars, and centers with a Greek program.
The villages of Rhodes.
The island of Rhodes despite its size, has many villages.
Each village has its own story, different pronunciation, and each has its own customs and customs.
The only thing in common between them is the Greek hospitality and the smile of their people.
Below is a detailed description of each village in Rhodes.
Koskinou, Kallithies, Asgourou, Psinthos, Afantou, Kolimbia, Archangelos, Malona, Massari, Haraki, Kalathos, Soroni, Tholos, Pilona, Lindos, Lardos, Pefkos, Kiotari, Asklipios, Archipoli, Messanagros, Vati, Gennadi, Arnitha, Kritinia, Monolithos, Embonas, Apollakia, Istrios, Sianna, Agios Isidoros, Laerma, Kamiros Skala, Mandriko, Salakos, Dimilia, Eleousa, Archipoli, Apollona, Kalavarda, Paradisi, Fanes, Maritsa, Kalavarda
Ottoman Turks, Venetians, Franks, even the Italians, in the first half of the 20th century, gave their mark to what we today call Rhodian flavors.
Despite the tourist development that results in the reduction of agricultural and livestock production,
many areas of the island retain their rural character.
Rhodian cuisine does not lack recipes based on fish and seafood (eg fish fried with pligouri),
nor of course, fine cheeses (hard, soft and semi-hard), produced mainly in mountain villages.
Many dishes with meat such as goat’s kiddie (narrow and tall clay bag), chicken with burgundy,
spetsophy, and chicken with loukoumi (pasta).
Clams and slides stuffed, stuffed (tomatoes and peppers up to zucchini or onions),
oven (pumpkin) in the oven, pumpkin, meatballs, chickpeas, and lentils with cyclamen and lentils are cyclamen only from local recipes.
Inexhaustible and the variety of sweets, among which are the melekounia (kind of pastel, offered
at weddings and engagements), the pie offered in mementos, the ricelli (spoon sweet with must,
dried figs, quinces and carrots), (with walnut stuffing), the sweet pumpkin and the wonderful sugar curd.
The city of Rhodes was born in the NE of the island in the year 408 BC. from the union of the three cities
of the island, Ialyssos, Kamiro, and Lindos.
In ancient Rhodes – the beauty of Greek cities – as historians call it, there were Priests,
Markets, Stoa, Neoria, Stadiums, Conservatories, Philosophy and Rhetoric schools, five major ports and at least 3,000 statues.
But the masterpiece of all was Colossus. It was designed around 293 by Lindio Harri, a student of Lysippos.
It was a huge bronze statue of the patron god Heli, 70ft high (about 31m). The Rhodians sold (300 talents) Demetrius’ siege engines when he stopped the siege and left defeated and made the statue that his construction lasted for 12 years.
Ancient and medieval writers speak of the statue. It stayed in place for only 66 years and fell to the earthquake of 227 but was not restored, but fearing some kind of us, Strabo tells us.
Nine centuries remained until the colossus was taken by the Arabian Moabite Caliph in 653 AD, and he sold it for copper to a Jew from Edessa who needed 900 camels to carry him.
The problem that concerns current researchers is where the colossus was standing.
Illustrating a phrase on the pedestal, engraved at the base of the colossus,
they said that they were placed “not only above the sea but also on land”,
imagining that he was standing at the entrance of the harbor with his legs open with one foot pressed on one end of it,
across the harbor and with the other on the opposite side, while with a raised handheld light as a lighthouse for the passing boats entering the port. From the 16th century, such an engraving has been presented that has prevailed to this day.
Younger scholars, however, find it impossible to be near the sea and conclude that the only place that could be erected in the enclosure of a temple, and most likely in the Sanctuary of the Sun God where today is the palace of the great Master of the Knights.
Nearby, a beautiful marble head with broken rays was found near the Rhodes Museum.
Also in the way that Strabo describes him, it seems clear that he saw him on land: “he has now broken off his knees and fell from an earthquake”.
If it were in the sea it would be completely lost or only a part would appear, which is what the author mentioned. The Colossus of Rhodes was a hymn to Art and Freedom.