The Island of Sun
According to mythology, Rhodes was submerged under the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea
When the island emerged, Helios, the sun god, was so enchanted by its unique beauty that he asked Zeus to give it to him. Thus, mythology became reality as the island is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year.
Rhodes, situated in the south-eastern Aegean Sea, is the capital of the Dodecanese prefecture and has a population of approximately 115,000. There are many reasons why Rhodes is one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean: the natural surroundings (crystal clear seas, beautiful parks and leisure facilities), the bright sun and the warm hospitality of the islanders themselves.
Rhodes has been famous since antiquity as the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Just a few minutes away, the ancient city-state of Lindos, protected by its acropolis, was a major maritime power
Lindos was the birthplace of Cleobulus, one of the Seven Sages of Greece. The city-state was founded around 10th century BC. It was admired for its wealth, beauty and strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea. Rising above the town is the acropolis of Lindos which in classical times was dominated by the massive temple of Athena Lindia, dating back to around 300 BC. This natural citadel was fortified successively by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Knights of St John and Ottomans.
Traditional Lindos, with its white houses, ship-owners mansions, Byzantines churches and cobbled narrow lanes, lies at the foot of the rocky acropolis. Taking one of these narrow lanes through the town, or hiring a donkey from the main square, you can ascend the ancient acropolis that stands dominating the village, surrounded by its strong walls. The ancient Byzantine and Knights remains, as well as its astonishing views over the town and sea, make a visit to the acropolis a must. Some of the sights close to Lindos include: Kalathos, with Vlyha's sandy beach and modern hotel complexes; Pylona's famous church of Panagia Kira; Pefkos, an expanding resort with a long shoreline; Lardos, with its beach, quiet Glystra bay, and traditional tavernas. The monastery of the Archangel Michael at Tharri, close to the village of Laerma, is especially interesting.
The city of Rhodes
The Medieval town of Rhodes, built by the Hospitalliers Knights, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. In 1988 it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city was created by the many nations that used Rhodes as a geographical and cosmopolitan crossroads.
The Medieval City
Rhodes is the largest and best preserved Medieval city in the world. Walk along the cobbled streets, through the arches and enjoy the great architectural masterpieces of Byzantine, Gothic and Ottoman influences.
Enter through one of the nine grandiose Gothic gates to find innumerable churches. The Knights of the Order of St. John added gothic elements to the lodging of the Twelve Nations in the Knight’s street leading to the unique Grand Master’s Palace.
The Palace of the Knights
Standing for 800 years, it housed the Masters of the Knights and has been a symbol of power through the centuries. The chambers are decorated with shields of the Knights, majestic towers and impressive doors.
Places of interest
Official Website: www.rhodes.gr
- 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
- Seven Springs
Distance from hotel
- Lindos: 2 km
- Rhodes Town: 50 km
- Airport: 50 km
- Port: 50 km
- Beach: 50 m