When Zeus shared out his world, the god Helios chose, from the whole universe, an island that emerged from swirling sea foam. He called the island Rhodes, the name of his beloved Nymph, and he never deserted her.
A naval superpower in the Hellenistic period, and a target for successive conquerors and later the base for the chivalric Order of St. John, today’s Rhodes is a cosmopolitan holidays resort with hidden treasures everywhere.
Rhodes, situated in the southeastern Aegean Sea, is the capital of the Dodecanese prefecture and has a population of approximately 80,000. It is the financial and cultural center of the southeastern Aegean, and successfully combines a lively present with a rich historical past. There are many reasons why Rhodes is one of the most popular resorts for holidays in the Mediterranean: the natural surroundings (crystal-clear seas, many parks and recreational facilities), the bright sun, and the warm hospitality of the islanders themselves.
Rhodes has been famous since antiquity for the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Medieval Town, designated by UNESCO as a monument of Cultural Heritage, four ancient cities, Byzantine monasteries, traditional villages, areas of special natural beauty, all hold the interest of even the most demanding of visitor.
The city of Rhodes, at the north end of the island, presents a dual face. The old town is encircled by medieval castles; there are narrow lanes, stone mansions, churches, the Knights’ Castle, Knights’ Hospital and the Castello. Then the new city extends beyond these suggestive walls – with its wide streets, beautiful buildings, glamorous hotels and shops full of characteristic items of Rhodian folk art.
Places of interest to visit:
- Acropolis of Lindos
- Rhodes Old Town (walled medieval city)
- Acropolis of Rhodes
- Kallithea thermes (spa)
- Valley of the Butterflies
- Temple of Apollo
- Ancient Kamiros
- Palace of the Grand Masters
- Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter
- Archeological Museum
- Castle of Monolithos