Rhodes, sparkling in the middle of the Aegean Sea, is the capital of the Dodecanese Islands and the famous site of the Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visitors, from their relaxing, cool Mediterranean Villas can explore this remarkable Greek Island and discover just how important a part it has played throughout history. Alternatively Rhodes is a gorgeous places for anyone to simply kick back and unwind.
The island’s old Medieval town center of the City of Rhodes is a World Heritage Site and Rhodes sparse interior is a rocky landscape, cloaked in fragrant pine forests and olive groves. Its long and illustrious history means that there are plenty of mythical tales about the Rhodes’ origins and scores of abandoned ruins that give visitors an insight into its rich and colorful history.
The most famous tale surrounding the island is it being one of the locations for the wonders of the ancient world. In the middle of the City of Rhodes’s harbor once stood the massive statue, the colossus of Rhodes. Paid for from the sale of siege equipment left by the invading army of Antigonus once a peace treaty was signed.
The majority of the population, around 80,000 nearly three quarters, live in Rhodes City, which is served by an International airport, has excellent public transport networks and very good road links. At its heart stands one of the best preserved medieval towns and it is a popular destination for tourists to the region. Tourists will find plenty to see around the tight streets and the Grand Master’s Palace, the acropolis, Suleiman’s Mosque and the wonderful, recently excavated, old harbor, which is full of old wrecks and plenty of maritime history.
The Medieval streets of Rhodes City are a must, within the old town walls you get a true appreciation for life 600 years ago, walks around here are like entering a living museum. Wandering around is a great way of finding the excitement of squares and fountains but taking a guided tour will give you so much more as you have its hidden depths explained.
Wandering outside the islands main urban center you encounter breathtaking scenery, beautiful little villages and along the shoreline magical coves and bays to discover. This is where visitors find the true nature of Rhodes and the welcoming, friendly character of its inhabitants. There are numerous pristine beaches around the coast and scuba diving in the clear Aegean waters is a favorite pastime for locals and guests alike.
The legacy of its naval past and the many invading armies that have taken control of the land have left it with a quirky and varied landscape, populated with mythical temples, fortifications of Templar Knights and Arabic defenses. It has a romantic air, and plenty of tasty delicacies to tempt you. The main areas have lively nightclub entertainment, while there are also quiet, elegant restaurants, bars and taverna in which to spend a delightful evening.
Rhodes caters for all people, offering dynamic activities for those who can’t sit still, tranquil beach breaks for the sun worshippers or stimulating museums and galleries bristling with artifacts and finds taken from all over the island. Faliraki is known as the party capital of Rhodes, Pefkos more renowned for its gentle relaxed atmosphere and the picturesque streets of charming Lindos are well worth a trip.
Rhodes is one of the Mediterranean’s truly colorful gems and a summer holiday here will guarantee you’ll want to return soon.