Travel Information about Rhodes island Greece, Dodecanese:
The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is geographically located close to the Turkish coasts. In the ancient times, it was famous for its Colossus, the giant statue of god Helios (the Sun) that used to stand above the port. Colossus is now considered as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Today, Rhodes is among the most popular Greek islands, famous for the lovely beaches, the green landscape, the 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, the capital of Rhodes Island, 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. The New City is like any other modern town. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, taverns, cinemas, and clubs here. Besides, it is also an ideal place to visit interesting museums, churches and the Aquarium.
Lindos, located almost in the centre 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, although it gets pretty crowded in high season.
The most popular beach resort in Rhodes is Faliraki, which lies in close proximity to a small cove named Ladiko. Another popular beach resort is Afandou, a long sandy beach ideal for windsurfing and other watersports. The hot medicinal springs in Kallithea and the superb sandy beach of Tsambika are also worth to mention.