Rhodes: The Island of
Rhodes is the biggest of the Dodecanese islands
and the fourth largest in Greece. It lies in the
south-east corner of the Aegean Sea, very close to the
Asia Minor coast. The so called "Pearl of the
Mediterranean" is of great interest both for its natural
beauty and for its archaeological treasures. Because of
the latter, Rhodes has recently been proclaimed a world
cultural heritage monument by UNESCO. At the same time
Rhodes is considered to be the most cosmopolitan resort
in the Mediterranean.
On Rhodes there are striking
contrasts of landscape: picturesque beaches (several
parts of the island boast very long sandy beaches);
exotic landscapes, rocky or fertile soil with olive
groves; heavenly lagoons, green peninsulas, several
scattered fishing villages. These are some of the
favorite sights of Rhodes that contribute to its unique
Rhodes is also renowned for its
climate. It enjoys perhaps one of the best subtropical
Mediterranean climates with over 300 days and more than
3,000 hours of sunshine each year. Its light rainy
season is normally confined to the period between
November and March.
to Homer in the Iliad, Rhodes took part in the Trojan
war. Findings from excavations also prove that it was
inhabited during the Neolithic period. However, it was
in the 11th century BC that the island started to
flourish with the coming of the Dorians. Later the
Dorians built three of its most important ancient
cities: Lindos, Ialyssos and Kameiros, which nowadays
represent some of its most famous attractions.
era began for the island in 408 BC when these three
major cities decided together to build a new city at the
northern end of the island, on the site of the present
city of Rhodes. This city one of the finest in
antiquity, enjoyed great prosperity in the 4th, 3rd and
part of the 2nd century BC.
A new period of
greatness emerged later, when the Knights of the Order
of St. John began their rule in 1309. Drawn from eight
states, the Order's original purpose was the defense of
the Holy Land and later the assistance of pilgrims. The
medieval city was built under their rule. In more recent
years, around 1912, Rhodes was occupied by the Italians,
and in 1948, together with other islands of the
Dodecanese, it was finally, united with the rest of
Greece. Evidence of Rhodes' glorious past can be seen at
The Contemporary Rhodes - Travel
The present city of Rhodes, one of the finest in the
world, is encompassed by the sea to the east and west
and has unrivalled advantages as a holiday resort.
Savour the flavours of food on Rhodes in romantic
gourmet restaurants or in traditional tavernas with
homemade local specialities. Stroll through the narrow
streets of the lively old town, and enjoy sunny days in
the relaxed open-air cafes. Experience its exciting
nightlife, not to mention the endless shopping
Not to be missed are the beautifully
preserved medieval town, with its famous Palace, known
nowadays as the Castello and the Archaeological Museum
housed in the restored Hospital of the Knights. To the
east of the contemporary town lies the ancient harbour,
called Mandraki. The statues of deer and their fawns at
the harbour's entrance are a well-known sight. Nearby,
one can admire the aquarium, the yacht club and the
green gardens near the Castello.
The island abounds
in gorgeous and interesting places to visit. Probably
the most impressive is the attractive village of Lindos.
Brilliant white houses flank winding lanes. Lindos is
built around two crescent shaped beaches. The ancient
acropolis towering above, is one of the most stunning
views in Greece. Also worth seeing are the Kallithea,
where Aldemar Paradise Royal Mare hotel is situated with
its picturesque harbour, Ialyssos and Filerimos with its
medieval ruins, and the archaeological site of Kameiros.
Of course the unique Butterflies Valley or the
cosmopolitan Faliraki must not be forgotten.
need to do for your dream holiday in the paradise of
Rhodes, is to book into the Paradise Royal Mare hotel.
Learn more about it by visiting the following pages.