Rhodes Island

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands, it is located in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population and also the island group’s historical capital.

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek Titan Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC. It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Today, Rhodes is among the most popular Greek islands, famous for the lovely beaches, green landscape, traditional villages and the Old Town of Rhodes, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe.

Due to its strategic location on the intersection between the East and the West, Rhodes was attacked several times along its history. In the ancient times, it was flourishing and prosperous. Rhodes Town, Ancient Ialysos and Ancient Kamiros were the strongest towns on the island. These sites today have been excavated and they are open to visit.

In the Medieval times, the Venetians fortified the city to protect it from enemies and pirates. Then, the island was conquered by the Ottomans and in the early 20th century it was donated to the Italians, till 1946 when all Dodecanese islands were integrated to the Greek state.

Rhodes Town, is located on the northernmost part of the island. It is divided in two parts, the Old City and the New City. The construction in the Old City testifies the presence of the Medieval and Turkish rule.

Lindos, located almost in the center of Rhodes island, is the second most important town. It is home to superb beach coves and it is dominated by an imposing acropolis that overlooks a picturesque bay. The small beach of Agios Pavlos is among the most picturesque beaches of Rhodes island.

The most popular beach resort in Rhodes is Faliraki.
Another popular beach resort is Afandou and also the superb sandy beach of Tsambika are also worth to mention.