"A historic melting pot, it blends a rich history, with delicious food and majestic natural scenery. "
A crucial link between East and West, Rhodes, is a melting pot of culture, history and food. In antiquity it was a rich harbour city, which housed the famous Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Although the structure itself, was destroyed by an earthquake soon after it was built, the entire island is still blessed with an incredible history that anyone interested in the subject is sure to enjoy. This coupled with many coastal areas of natural beauty, ensures that everyone visiting Rhodes is sure to have a great time. The medieval town of Rhodes itself, is a cosmopolitan melting pot, which blends lovely architecture, with an exciting nightlife, making it one of the best destinations among the Greek islands.
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.
It has something to appeal to everyone, making it the perfect for family holidays, or couples and friends on a beach holiday, looking for the perfect summer holiday.
Rhodes Travel Guide
At A Glance:
The largest of the Greek Dodecanese Islands, it is located to the south-west of Greece. Shaped like the point of a spear, it covers a large area of around 1400 kilometres, with 220 of that area being taken up by coastline. The island is also well populated with around 90,000 inhabitants, the capital city also known as Rhodes is the most densely populated place on the island. The many beaches, mineral-rich waters and historic towns, make Rhodes the perfect tourist destination.
A warm Mediterranean climate surrounds Rhodes, with hot dry summers and short mild winters. The hottest months of the year are June, July and August, when temperatures average close to 30 degrees and rain almost never falls, making them ideal for people seeking a classic beach holiday. April, May, September and October are also all relatively hot, making them a good time to visit for people who enjoy warm weather.
History and Culture
The island of Rhodes is a crucial link between Europe and Asia, meaning that it was one of the most important strategic locations in the ancient world. It came to prominence after the Dorians invaded Greece, becoming a vital settlement by 500 BC. It joined the Greek side, during the Persian wars and later became a member of Athens’ Delian League. It fell under Macedonian domination, during Alexander the Great’s time. Rhodes rebelled following his death, resisting a long siege by his successors, and eventually triumphing in 305 BC. It was then that Rhodes built the colossus, a huge bronze statue, which straddled its harbour and was supposedly constructed using the bronze from the defeated Macedonian army. The colossus was named as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, although it only stood for 50 years, before being destroyed by an earthquake. Rhodes then became a part of the Roman empire, for 300 years, before passing to the Byzantines and the Ottomans, who held in until after the first world war.
Its rich food history, is mostly influenced by Asian food than mainland Greece and the other islands. Thus, as a general rule, there are more spices used in Rhodian food. The most popular dishes in Rhodes, include soutzoukakia (meatballs in tomato sauce), Moussaka (aubergine, potato, and mincemeat topped with a cheese sauce), and Dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with mincemeat and rice). Seafood is also very popular on the island, with prawns, red mullet, sea bream, octopus, squid and swordfish all staples. Rhodes has also been famous for the quality of its wine, since ancient times, and many high-quality wines are still produced on the island.
The Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes, is a fascinating marine museum, ideal for anyone who wants to learn about the incredible marine life that surrounds the island. ‘Petaloudes’, also known as the valley of the butterflies, is a great place to visit between June and September, when it is covered in butterflies, providing an educational experience the whole family will enjoy. The Faliraki Waterpark has a decent selection of rides and water features providing aquatic fun for people of all ages. There are also a large number of beautiful beaches and fascinating historical sites, ensuring that everyone will enjoy their family holiday in Rhodes.
Tours and Attractions
The island is considered a historic meeting point between East and West, ensuring that there are plenty of things to do and see. Foremost of these is the rustic medieval old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has both beautiful architecture and a plethora of fun things to do. The old harbour, which once housed the mighty Colossus is also a must visit for anyone interested in history. There are also a variety of beautiful beaches, including St Paul’s Bay, the place where he supposedly landed, when he brought Christianity to the island.
The capital offers a particularly good selection of venues, with the area around the harbour having a lot of Greek taverns, bars and nightclubs. Orfanidi Street, is a nicknamed bar street, and features a wide array of trendy clubs and bars.