Rhodes (or Rodos), the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, is a much-loved, historically rich island of olive groves and pine trees and is skirted by beautiful beaches; some sand, some shingle, and the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Rhodes offers bars and restaurants, casino, and a myriad of clubs, for those seeking good nightlife, yet retains a traditional environment for those wishing to simply unwind. The resorts of Ixia and Kalithea are within a short drive of all that Rhodes Town has to offer. A 14th Century wall, 5km long surrounds the ‘old town’ of Rhodes and its historic buildings. Here one can stroll along the cobbled streets, where the Knights of the Order used the inns as meeting places, enjoy traditional shops, and visit the restored Medieval Palace of the Grand Masters. The new town offers plenty of good restaurants and excellent shopping. Rhodes is particularly famous for its gold jewellery having been trading gold for 4,000 years. Here too is Mandraki yacht harbour, where the two bronze deer statues stand, probably on the same site as the ancient Colossus of Rhodes. Well worth a visit is the little East Coast town of Lindos, an unspoilt village of whitewashed houses with pebble courtyards, which sits beneath the Acropolis and its old castle. Lindos has a lovely sandy beach, and interesting shops selling traditional handicrafts.