Rhodes Island, Greece
Rhodes Greece is your perfect Greek island holiday
Rhodes Island offers cosmopolitan lifestyle, natural
beauty, & rich culture.
Rhodes (Rodos), Greece
Rhodes Island, the Isle of Roses, is the fourth largest of the Greek islands and the largest of the
Dodecanese (twelve islands) group of islands in Greece. Rhodes Island, along with Santorini and
Mykonos, is one of the world’s most famous top holiday destinations. Rhodes Island, a
cosmopolitan holiday destination is located at the southeastern part of the Aegean Sea. The ancient
Greeks used to call Rhodes "the Island of Sun". According to mythology, Rhodes was a lovely
nymph, that Helios the Sun of God had fallen in love with Rhodes and when he shone his light on
her she transform into an island.
Rhodes Island, Greece is the capital of the Dodecanese islands and has a total population of
approximately 130,000 and covering a total area of approximately 1,400 square kilometers (540
square miles). Rhodes Island was influenced throughout history by several cultures and
civilizations. Rhodes Island, Greece is situated geographically at the meeting point of three
continents Europe, Asia, and Africa, and has evolved from many different influences both
culturally and architecturally. When you visit Rhodes Island you will experience its diverse
character, unique atmosphere, natural beauties, and rich history. Rhodes Island offers ancient
ruins, classical temples, castles, and fortress walls as well as spectacular beaches, stunning
scenery, sunshine, and cosmopolitan towns with modern resorts. During your holidays in the
Greek Island of Rhodes you can experience the mystique of a medieval city, the sophistication of
a cosmopolitan modern city as well as the quiet traditional resorts and quaint villages. Rhodes
Town with a total population of approximately 60,000 is located at the northern tip of the island,
and is the main city and capital of Rhodes Island, Greece. Rhodes Island also features numerous
attractions outside the capital, 44 small villages and beach resorts. Rhodes Island offers almost any
kind of holiday you could possibly want and has been a destination for international travelers for a
Why Rhodes Island is a perfect holiday destination? Rhodes Island,
Greece offers ….
• Vibrant nightlife; activities & adventures;
• cosmopolitan towns, casino and modern luxury resorts;
• quiet towns and traditional villages;
• impressive rich culture and history;
• the best sandy beaches that Europe has to offer;
• abundant natural beauty;
• friendly people; and
• English is spoken everywhere.
Top attractions that you should not miss during your travel to Rhodes Island ,
Rhodes Town in the Greek Island of Rhodes consists of the Old Town (Medieval Town) and
Rhodes New Town (Modern Town).
Rhodes Old Town (Medieval Town)
Rhodes Island is famous for the walled Old Town, Europe's largest and oldest inhabited medieval
city. The Old Town of Rhodes was built in the 14th -15th century by the Knights of Saint John
to protect the people of Rhodes from all sea and land dangers. The Medieval Town of Rhodes,
known as the Old Town, which is a world heritage site listed by the UNESCO, is beautiful and
remarkably well-preserved Gothic-style medieval walled city. The Old Town is built inside the
castle walls, which is divided into three quarters: the Knights; the Turkish; and the Jewish; The
Rhodes Old Town is unique because the houses, restaurants, and shops are block buildings, built
with colors matched to the walls of the castle. Walking through the Old Town's narrows passage
ways and maze of alley ways, it's like walking in a different era, the Middle Ages. Most of the
streets and lanes in Rhodes Old Town don’t have names, so you have to be careful of not getting
lost. Give it at least a day to walk around and see what Rhodes Old Town has to offer. You can
enter the Old Town from St. Mary’s Gate, St. Catherine’s Gate, Marina Gate, Arnaldo Gate,
Arsenal Gate, Eleftherias Gate, St. Paul’s Gate, and St. John’s Gate. If you arriving to Rhodes
Island on a cruise, cruise ships dock at the Commercial Port to the east of the Old Town, which is
only a few minutes walk away.
In Rhodes Old Town, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes (Castello)
dominates the landscape. In the Palace of the Grand Masters, you will be able to see a collection
of 16th and 17th century furniture and beautiful Roman mosaic floors. Walking through the Street
of the Knights you can admire the restored buildings and magnificent architecture. In the Old
Town you can visit many monuments, Suleiman Mosque, St. George’s Tower, pretty squares
with fountains, parks, many churches, Byzantine Museum, and Archaeological Museum. In the
Archaeological Museum in the Old Town (Medieval City) of Rhodes which was built in 1440
by the Grand Master De Lastic, you will be able to see a magnificent collection of archaeological
artifacts from the island. You also will be able to visit the Jewish Museum of Rhodes, which is
adjacent to the Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish quarter of Old Town. In the Jewish
quarter, which is close to St. Catherine’s gate, there is a Square (Plateia Evreon in Greek) which
has a magnificent fountain with bronze sea horses. Rhodes Old Town is a paradise for shopping
lovers. There are many stores within the streets and alleys of Old Town. There you can find
classic and modern designs of gold and silver jewelry, a great quality of leather goods, and
handmade rugs. Walking in the Old Town you will also find a lot of shops with fine reproductions
of ancient statues, vases, antique rugs, furniture, paintings and fine porcelain items. In the Turkish
quarter of the Old Town, which is located at Socrates Street, parallel to the Avenue of the
Knights, you will find the Turkish Bazaar with many shops that sell rugs and jewelry. Also, in the
Old Town you will be able to find many tavernas, restaurants, and cafés as well as
accommodations. There is an Internet Café at the Square of the Jewish Quarter in Old Town, the
Cosmo Net-Internet Café.
Rhodes Modern Town
Rhodes is famous for the Colossus of Rhodes. Rhodes Island during the antiquity grew into a
flourishing regional trade and cultural center, hosting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient
World, the Colossus of Rhodes. It was a bronze statue of the Greek Titan Helios in the ancient
harbor of Rhodes, which straddled the entrance to where today is the Mandraki marina. It stood
30 meters (707 feet) high. It was the tallest of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Today at
the entrance of the Mandraki marina, where the Colossus of Rhodes stood, are two columns
surmounted by two bronze deer, one male and one female.
Rhodes Town, Rhodes, Greece has a modern infrastructure for communications and
transportation and has the amenities and services of a modern city. Rhodes Modern Town is very
well organized to make life for tourists more comfortable and to give you an unforgettable
Mediterranean holiday. Rhodes Town offers luxury hotels and resorts, including the Casino
Rodos which is housed inside the Hotel of the Roses, the Aquarium, New Market (Nea Agora),
beautiful buildings such as the Town Hall, Mosque of Murat Reis, shopping, cosmopolitan sandy
beaches such as the famous blue water Elli Beach in the north and beautiful Psaropoula Beach,
vibrant nightlife, restaurants with Greek and international cuisine, cafés including a “Starbucks”
close to the post office and new market.
In Rhodes Modern Town you will also find Ancient Rhodes. The northern part of the city,
which is triangular in shape, is surrounded by sea and is where ancient Rhodes is located. On the
top of the hill of Agios Stephanos (Monte Smith) is the ancient restored theater, stadium, and
ancient ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The main attraction is the remains of the ancient
Acropolis of Rhodes which was built during the Hellenistic period (between the third and second
century BC). There are many organized tours such as the city tramp, which takes you to the
ancient Acropolis of Rhodes, and is only 3 km from the city center of Rhodes Town.
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece is famous for the Acropolis of Lindos. A visit to Rhodes Island will not
be complete without venturing south east to Lindos village; a picturesque settlement nestled on a
verdant hillside about 50km from Rhodes Town. Lindos village with its cube whitewashed houses,
cobbled stone streets is built on a hill and its medieval character is well preserved. Lindos narrow
cobbled streets are filled with shops selling traditional ceramic pottery and handmade leather
goods. The Byzantine church of Agios Paulos (Saint Paul) has many 18th century fresco's to
admire. You will pass through the Doric style Stoa and the Propylea through terraced street which
leads to the Acropolis. The Acropolis stands at the top of the hill, where you will find ancient ruins
from the Temple of Athena Lindias. From the top of the hill you will enjoy enchanting views of
Lindos bay. Lindos village has become a popular place for the rich and famous to purchase their
holiday homes in recent years. In Lindos you will find excellent tavernas, restaurants and cafés, as
well as accommodations. Lindos has beautiful sandy beaches to enjoy for an unforgettable
holiday. There is a public bus that takes you from the city center of Rhodes town to Lindos, as
well as organized tours. The best way to visit and tour Lindos is to rent car for a day and also
enjoy the famous Lindos Beach.
Valley of the Butterflies
The valley of the butterflies “Petaloudes” is a unique Natural Park with lakes, waterfalls and
picturesque bridges located about 27 km from Rhodes Town. Thousands of colorful butterflies
appear here every year from mid June till the end of September. There are organized tours that
take you to the Valley of the Butterflies from the city center of Rhodes Town.
Rhodes Island Beaches
Rhodes, Greece is not only fun for cultural and historical tourism purposes. Rhodes Island offers
the best beaches in the Mediterranean. Most of the beaches in Rhodes Island have been awarded
the European Union blue flag, an environmental award for clean, crystal clear waters, which are
world famous. Most of the beaches are sandy and organized with umbrellas, sun beds, water
sports, cafés and tavernas. The best beaches are located at the east coast of Rhodes Island in
small coves and bays. Rhodes Island offers both cosmopolitan beaches as well as secluded quiet
sandy beaches. Some of the beaches to the north are the best beaches for wind surfing. You can
reach most of the island’s beaches by bus from the city center of Rhodes Town. Read more about
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Aegean Sea under an unforgettable sunshine and the warm hospitality of the friendly people.
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