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The Island of the Knights

Impressive Sceneries, Colourful and Traditional Villages, Challenging Landscapes and Cultural Monuments under the Medieval Spirit of the Aristocrat of the Dodecanese
Rhodes is an island where the present meets the past in the most elegant manner. Endless beaches, verdant valleys, mountainous villages and countless cultural and historical monuments, the island of the Knights literally has everything. The distinctive fairy tale atmosphere of the island unfolds through the beautiful medieval city of Rhodes. An island that gives you the sense of a time machine travels you in the past of its glorious history of twenty-four centuries. Through the walls of the Old Town, time seems like it has stopped a few centuries ago. Rarely someone has the opportunity to stroll around the alleys of a medieval old town.  The Old Town of Rhodes is a mosaic of crossroads of different cultures and civilizations with a unique atmosphere that create an indescribable beauty of one of the best preserved medieval cities of Europe. The magnificent Palace of the Grand Master which was the administrative quarters of the Knights of Saint John along with cobblestone Street of the Knights, one of the most well preserved medieval streets of Europe, create a mesmerizing feeling of medieval times. An abundant number of magnificent buildings including the Hospital of the Knights, the Orthodox Cathedral of Rhodes and the Turkish baths and mosques create the medieval image of the Old Town of Rhodes. However, the glorious architecture of the new city with neoclassical buildings of the Italian era creates a stunning contrast. Nonetheless, the surprises of the island of the Knights do not finish here! The mountainous terrain of Rhodes is dominated from a rocky coastline with rich natural sceneries that create an unimaginable contrast of nature. The mountainous villages on the southern part of the island unveil memories from the medieval times, still maintaining their traditional colours and their local customs, traditions and dialects while the seaside villages of the eastern coast of the island are the most charming and romantic spots of Rhodes. The abundancy of tropical seashores blend in a mysterious way with the verdant hills and create unique natural sceneries eager to explore!

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The Capital of Rhodes

The City of Rhodes is the capital of Rhodes and the capital of the Dodecanese located on the northeast side of the island. The city is divided into the parts of the medieval city of Rhodes and the new city of Rhodes. The old city of Rhodes is one of the biggest and best preserved medieval settlements of Europe. The most important monuments include the Palace of the Grand Master, the Hospital of the Knights and the Colloquium Building. The new city of Rhodes was constructed when the inhabitants built new settlements outside the walls of the medieval town after the siege of Suleiman the Magnificent. The majority of the buildings have the architectural style of the Gothics and Venetians. The most important buildings include the National Theatre, the Post Office and the Town Hall along with the ] renovated Grande Albergo delle Rosse, which how operates as a Casino. Stroll around the charming harbour of Mandaki, make sure you pay a visit at the Aquarium of Rhodes and the Rodini Park and climb up to the hill of Monte Smith to admire the panoramic views of the island.

The Acropolis of Lindos

The Acropolis of Lindos was one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes located in the village of Lindos. Lindos was founded in the 10th century BC, and was one of the most important trading centres in the Aegean due to its strategic geographic position between Greece and Middle East. At the top of the site, one can admire the imposing temple of Athena Lindia, the Propylaea and the Roman Temple of Diocletian. All these monuments were protected from the medieval castle of Lindos. Outside of the castle, one can also admire traces of an ancient theatre. The acropolis of Lindos is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece.

The Beach of Agios Pavlos

The Beach of Agios Pavlos is a bay of rare natural beauty with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island. The bay resembles a swimming pool owing to the circular rocky formations crowned from the imposing acropolis of Lindos.

The Island of Symi

The Island of Symi will overwhelm you from a mysterious feeling. The colourful houses of the village climbing to the slopes of the mountain seem like an image of a fairy tale novel. The rich mythological tradition reflects to the history of the island. The beauty of Symi is a unique spectacle. Neoclassical mansions and abandoned captain houses, cobblestone courtyards and pebbled mosaics give an aura of nobility to the island while the bougainvillea flowers add a colourful touch to the romantic atmosphere. You might even sense the atmospheric air of Symi when you climb the five hundred stone steps that lead to the once most commercial street of the island. Stroll around the kalderimi, the stone bridge that connects the two sides of the village, renowned as the Bridge of Love and you might even feel like you stepped back in another era, and observe the famous shipbuilders of Symi at the small shipyard of Harani who maintain the shipbuilding traditions of the island. An island with strong elements of romanticism, that resembles a colourful canvas, will go beyond your expectations; It will salute you stately, secluded, rocky and wild but above all beautiful.

The Medieval City of Rhodes

The Medieval City of Rhodes is the jewel of the island and one of the largest medieval cities of Europe that has been declared as a World Heritage Site from Unesco. The island is an outstanding example of architectural styles of the significant history of Rhodes. The medieval town mixes Byzantine, Medieval, Italian and Ottoman influences and create an atmospheric complex of magnificent buildings. The most important monuments of the area include the Palace of the Grand Master, the Street of the Knights, one of the best preserved medieval streets of Europe, the Hospital of the Knights, the Colloquium Building, the Ottoman Buildings, the Gothic Churches and the oldest surviving church of Lady of the Castle.

The Monastery of Tsambika

The Monastery of Tsambika is an impressive byzantine monastery located close to the village of Archangelos. The old church dedicated to Virgin Mary is built on top of a hill with panoramic views of the surrounding area. According to the legend, any woman who is incapable of having children should visit the old church and pray to the Virgin. In Rhodes, if the miracle happens the child must be named Tsambika or Tsambikos depending on the gender. Indeed, these names are really common in the island.

The Palace of the Grand Master

The Palace of the Grand Master is built on the foundations of the Temple of the God of Helios (Sun) located at the end of the Street of the Knights of Rhodes. The Palace was constructed from the Knights of Saint John during the 14th century and it was used as the residence of the governor and the administrative centre of the medieval period. The palace is an enormous construction with 158 rooms, although only 24 rooms are open to the visitors. The most important rooms include the Waiting Room, the Reception Hall, the Ballroom and the Music Room that are decorated from impressive frescoes and mosaics of renowned artists. Although the palace was partially destroyed by explosives, it was restored from the Italians during their domination in the Dodecanese islands. Today, the Byzantine Museum of Rhodes is housed in one of the rooms of the palace.

The Valley of the Butterflies

The Valley of the Butterflies is a unique natural reserve located on the western side of the island. As the name indicates, the verdant valley has beautiful landscapes embellished with a charming river and waterfalls surrounded from sweet gum trees, oak, plane and pine trees. It is the sole natural forest of oriental sweet gum trees (Liquidambar Orientalis) in Europe and a resting point of the Jersey tiger butterflies (Panaxia Quadripunctaria). The area can be crossed through beautiful routes with picturesque bridges and cobblestone trails offering an experience of a lifetime. Follow the stone stairs that lead to the Monastery of Kalopetra to admire panoramic views of the valley. One of the most spectacular events of nature occurs in the valley of the butterflies, where huge numbers of butterflies congregate during the final stage of their life cycle. Every late May, thousands of butterflies are attracted from the scent of the Oriental Sweet Gum trees and cover the entire landscape. Actually, they sleep well camouflaged in black and yellow colours. In the valley, there is a museum dedicated to the natural history of the island with extensive information of the flora and fauna of the reserve. The most notable part of the museum is the hatchery, where lots of butterflies reproduce in a protected area with stable climate conditions.

The Village of Embonas

The Village of Embonas is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. Perched on the slopes of the tallest mountain of Rhodes, Mt. Attavyros, the lovely settlement is recognized as the wine capital of Rhodes. It is worth mentioning that the local people of Embonas have managed to preserve their local customs and traditions. Embonas is also known for its delicious grilled meat taverns, as the area is fortunate enough to provide excellent fresh meat. The main attraction of the area includes undoubtedly the tall mountain of Attavyros with the romantic alpine atmosphere and an abundant cypress forest that has been declared as a national monument. The wineries of Embonas are renowned for producing the excellent wine of Rhodes. The surrounding areas of the village are ideal for walking explorations amidst landscapes of immense natural beauty. During the second week of September, the wine festival is held at the village.

The Village of Koskinou

The Village of Koskinou is a mountainous village located on the northeast side of the island. The beautiful settlement has a traditional atmosphere with stone houses shaded with colourful wooden doors, charming courtyards and pebbled alleys. The architectural character of Koskinou blends the old style of neoclassicism with the new style of cliff top mansions overlooking the Aegean. Koskinou has been declared as a preserved village from the Ministry of Culture. Among the most important sights of interest of the area is the Traditional House of Koskinou, a folklore museum exhibiting old furniture, traditional woven fabrics and ceramic plates. It is also worth visiting the medieval castle of Koskinou.

Windsurfing at the Isle of Prasonisi

The Isle of Prasonisi is one of the most beautiful areas of Rhodes located on the southwest side of the island. The name of the island signifies Green Island owing to its lush vegetation. During the summer, the island is a peninsula attached to Rhodes as the water levels of the sea are low while it becomes an island in the winter, as the water levels of the sea are high. Prasonisi is perhaps the best destination for windsurfing and kite surfing lovers of the Rhodes owing to the strong winds of the area.

Archaeological Sites

The Acropolis of Ialysos was one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes located on the top of the natural fortified hill of Filerimos. Archaeological excavations have brought to light remnants of settlements and cemeteries speculating that the city consisted from many rural settlements with a common acropolis. The most important monuments of the archaeological site include the Doric Temple of Athena Polias, the Doric Fountain House, a church of the Knights period along with remnants of Byzantine and Medieval fortifications.

The Acropolis of Kamiros was one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes located on the northwest side of the island in the foothills of Mt Akramytis. Archaeological excavations have brought to light remnants of the Acropolis of Athena Kameiras, the Hellenistic Stoa, the Agora, the central street of the city and the remains of an aqueduct. It is a very important archaeological site that has been preserved in an excellent condition. Important findings of the area are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, the British Museum in London and the Museum of Louvre in Paris.

The Acropolis of Lindos was one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes located in the village of Lindos. Lindos was founded in the 10th century BC, and was one of the most important trading centres in the Aegean due to its strategic geographic position between Greece and Middle East. At the top of the site, one can admire the imposing temple of Athena Lindia, the Propylaea and the Roman Temple of Diocletian. All these monuments were protected from the medieval castle of Lindos. Outside of the castle, one can also admire traces of an ancient theatre. The acropolis of Lindos is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece.

The Acropolis of Rhodes is a majestic archaeological site found on the hill of Monte Smith. Unlike other acropolises of cities of Greece, the acropolis of Rhodes does not have a defensive character, as it was a monumental zone of temples and sanctuaries. The most important monuments of the archaeological site include the Doric Temples of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus, the worship construction of Nymphaia, the Odeon, the Stoa Building, the Temple of Pythian Apollo, the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Library.


Castles and Fortresses

The Castle of Archangelos is located in the village of Archangelos. The medieval castle was constructed from the Knights of Saint John in 1467. The castle was part of the defensive fortification system of the island that was built with the intention of protecting the island from invasions. Today, the outer defensive walls of the castle are the sole significant remains.

The Castle of Asklipio is located in the village of Asklipio. The medieval castle was constructed from the Knights of Saint John during the 13th century. The castle was part of the defensive fortification system of the island that was built with the intention of protecting the island from invasions. Today, the outer defensive walls of the castle are the sole significant remains. The castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

The Castle of Feraklos is located in the village of Haraki. The medieval castle was used from pirates before the Knights of Saint John. However, the castle was reinforced and used as a prison, as it was one of the most powerful fortifications of the Knights.  Today, the outer defensive walls of the castle are the sole significant remains. The castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

The Castle of Kritinia is located in the village of Kritinia. The medieval castle was constructed from the Knights of Saint John built on three levels for a different Grand Master. The castle was part of the defensive fortification system of the island that was built with the intention of protecting the island from invasions. Today, the outer defensive walls of the castle are the sole significant remains. The castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas. Some cultural events of the Medieval Rose Festival are held within the premises of the castle during the summer.

The Castle of Monolithos is a medieval castle dominating the summit of the homonymous village. The castle was considered to be one of the most powerful fortresses of the island; however nowadays the outer defensive walls are the sole significant remains. Inside the perimeter of the walls, there are two chapels of the 15th century. The castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas and a café operates opposite the main entrance.

The Medieval City of Rhodes is the jewel of the island and one of the largest medieval cities of Europe that has been declared as a World Heritage Site from Unesco. The island is an outstanding example of architectural styles of the significant history of Rhodes. The medieval town mixes Byzantine, Medieval, Italian and Ottoman influences and create an atmospheric complex of magnificent buildings. The most important monuments of the area include the Palace of the Grand Master, the Street of the Knights, one of the best preserved medieval streets of Europe, the Hospital of the Knights, the Colloquium Building, the Ottoman Buildings, the Gothic Churches and the oldest surviving church of Lady of the Castle.


Churches and Monasteries

The Chapel of Agios Pavlos is a whitewashed chapel with a beautiful bell tower located on the top of the hill of the Acropolis of Lindos. The chapel offers panoramic views to the endless blue of the Aegean.

The Chapel of Agios Silas is a charming whitewashed chapel located in the village of Soroni. On the 29th of July, the traditional celebration in honour of the saint takes place in the church with a major event of donkey racings.

The Church of Agia Triada is an impressive church found on the Street of the Knights. The church was established from the Knights of Saint John and was dedicated to the catholic denomination while it was transformed into a mosque during the Ottoman occupation. From the interior frescoes, only a few remains are preserved owing to the intervention of the Italians. It is one of the most beautiful churches of the town of Rhodes.

The Church of Archangel Michael is one of the most beautiful churches of Rhodes found at the heart of the old town of Archangelos village. The church distinguishes for its majestic bell tower dating from 1845.

The Church of Panagia Bourgou is a three aisled basilica of Gothic Order located in the Old Town of Rhodes. It is a glorious monument, one of the few surviving examples of the special ecclesiastical architecture that was developed in the period of the Knights. Various cultural events are held within the premises of the church during the summer.

The Church of Panagia Kastrou is the oldest and biggest temple found within the walls of the Medieval City of Rhodes. The church was established as a Catholic Metropolis named Sancta Maria while it was transformed in a mosque during the Ottoman occupation. Nowadays, the church is the byzantine museum of the island that operates under the supervision of the archaeological service.

The Church of Saint Francis is located in the old town of Rhodes. It is a catholic church dedicated to Saint Francis. The church was designed from the Italian architect Stefano Pellini and it distinguishes for its unique white marble architecture. The high bell tower of the church is the symbol of Rhodes. There, one can admire panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

The Monastery of Agios Nektarios is a byzantine monastery located close to the village of Archipolis. The monastery distinguishes for its charming courtyard. The surrounding landscape is embellished with beautiful sceneries with cypress trees.

The Monastery of Kalopetra is a beautiful monastery located on the mountain slopes above the valley of the butterflies. The monastery was founded from Alexandros Ypsilantis in 1780. It is worth mentioning that the grandson of Ypsilantis was the leader of the Society of Friends that began the Greek Revolution. The monastery is distinguished for its charming courtyard and its impressive wall paintings. Here, one can admire panoramic views over the valley of the butterflies.

The Monastery of Skiadi is one of the most important monasteries of Rhodes located close to the village of Messanagros. It was built in the 18th century and it distinguishes for the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin and the panoramic views to the Aegean. The cells of the monastery are available for guests wishing to stay overnight.

The Monastery of Tsambika is an impressive byzantine monastery located close to the village of Archangelos. The old church dedicated to Virgin Mary is built on top of a hill with panoramic views of the surrounding area. According to the legend, any woman who is incapable of having children should visit the old church and pray to the Virgin. In Rhodes, if the miracle happens the child must be named Tsambika or Tsambikos depending on the gender. Indeed, these names are really common in the island. The monastery celebrates in honor of the saint on September 8.

The Monastery of Panagia Filerimos is found on a hill above the village of Ialysos. The monastery is dedicated to Virgin Mary. It was constructed with stone in a Gothic architectural style on the site of an older byzantine monastery during the 15th century. Inside the monastery, one can admire the holy icon of Virgin Mary that was probably brought from Jerusalem by the Knights. However, the icon is today displayed in the National Museum of Montenegro. As a starting point of the monastery, one can follow the path of Golgothas that leads to the hillside. There, a huge cross is found that represents the Passion of the Christ.

Ottoman Monuments

The Mosque of Ibrahim Pasha is the oldest mosque of Rhodes located in the Square of Platonos in the medieval city of Rhodes. The mosque was built in 1531 and it was repaired from the Italians who added a beautiful minaret. The mosque is open for prayer on a daily basis.

The Mosque of Mehmet Aga is found in an oblique position with panoramic views of the medieval city of Rhodes. The mosque was built build in 1820 while its current formed was shaped in 1948. The mosque of Mehmet Aga has been characterized as a rare architecture monument of the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

The Mosque of Sindrivan is located on a side street of the Gate of Thalassini. The mosque consists from an octagonal floor plan with a dome. During the period of the Knights, the church of Saint Sebastian was located in this position; however, the mosque was built from Sinan Beis in 1888 while it was restored in 2004.

The Mosque of Suleiman is located on top of the hill of the medieval city of Rhodes. The mosque was built from Suleiman the Magnificent. It is an impressive mosque with a beautiful minaret that consists from three-square spaces with domes and two consecutive balconies. The mosque received an honorary distinction from Europa Nostra in 2006.

The Mosque of Sultan Mustafa is located in the courtyards of the Turkish Baths of Suleiman at the Square of Arionos in the medieval city of Rhodes. According to marble inscription, the mosque was built from Sultan Mustafa in 1764. Nowadays, the community of the Muslims still use the mosque for ceremonies.


Monuments

The Bronze Deer Statues are two statues standing in the harbour of Mandraki. The dama-dama deer is a unique species that resides only on the island of Rhodes. Actually, the island used to be called Elafioussa that means a place with a lot of deer. The statues show that the deer has been a symbol of the island for a long time. The two statues stand on the place where the Colossus of Rhodes used to be located.

The Clock Tower of Rhodes is an observatory of the 19th century located next to the Gate D’Amboise in the medieval city of Rhodes. It is a wonderful building offering panoramic views of the Old Town of Rhodes.

The Grande Albergo delle Rose is one of the most historic and symbolic buildings of Rhodes that was constructed in 1927. It is an architectural jewel that combines the architectural styles of Arab, Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian lines. Today,  the hotel casino of Rhodes is housed within the premises of Grande Albergo delle Rose.

The Kallithea Thermal Spa is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the island located in the village of Kallithea. The homonymous bay has been long renowned for its therapeutic properties. The hydrotherapy centre was constructed from Pietro Lombardi in 1928 while it was one of the best architectural constructions of the period.

The Megaro of Kastelania is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the Knights of Saint John. Kastelania was used as a gathering point for merchants during the period of the Knights. Nowadays, the Public Library of Rhodes is housed within the building.

The National Theatre of Rhodes is an impressive building located at the square of the town hall. The building is a fine sample of the fascistic and international architectural styles built in 1937. The national theatre is also an important specimen of the use of grass bricks masonry in Greece. Quite outstanding, however, is the performance hall that distinguishes for its spacious balcony.

The Palace of the Governor is one of the most beautiful buildings of the city of Rhodes. The building was constructed from the Italian architect Florestano di Fausto in 1927. Actually, it resembles the Palace of the Doges in Venice. The building was used as the Governor’s Palace during the Italian occupation of Rhodes while today it houses the Prefecture of the Dodecanese.

The Palace of the Grand Masters is built on the foundations of the Temple of the God of Helios (Sun) located at the end of the Street of the Knights of Rhodes. The Palace was constructed from the Knights of Saint John during the 14th century and it was used as the residence of the governor and the administrative centre of the medieval period. The palace is an enormous construction with 158 rooms, although only 24 rooms are open to the visitors. The most important rooms include the Waiting Room, the Reception Hall, the Ballroom and the Music Room that are decorated from impressive frescoes and mosaics of renowned artists. Although the palace was partially destroyed by explosives, it was restored from the Italians during their domination in the Dodecanese islands. Today, the Byzantine Museum of Rhodes is housed in one of the rooms of the palace.

The Shalom Synagogue is the oldest synagogue of Greece found on the corner of Doksiadou Street in the town of Rhodes. The full name of the synagogue is Kahal Kadosh Shalom that means Holy Congregation of Peace. The synagogue is used for prayer services during holidays and special occasions.


Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is housed within the Hospital of the Knights. The museum exhibits an interesting collection of archaeological findings including mosaics, statues, sarcophagi and ceramics from the Hellenistic period to the Christian times.

The Aquarium of Rhodes is research centre for the animals of the Mediterranean located on the northernmost side of the new city of Rhodes. It is housed in the building of the Hydrobiological Station that was constructed in 1934. The aquarium consists from a circular area of big tanks with fish and organisms of the Mediterranean. Inside the aquarium, there is museum displaying embalmed species of the sea.

The Byzantine Museum of Rhodes is housed in the Church of Panagia Kastrou. The museum exhibits a rich collection of icons, mosaics and paintings from the Christian period to the period of the Knights
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The Jewish Museum of Rhodes is located next to the Kahal Shalom Synagogue. The museum is dedicated to the history and culture of the Jewish community of Rhodes.

The Modern Art Museum of Rhodes is located in the medieval city of Rhodes. The museum exhibits a rich collection of art pieces related to the culture and heritage of Greece. The modern art museum of Rhodes is considered to be one of the most interesting museums of the country.

The Museum of Bee and Honey was created from the Beekeeping Company of the Dodecanese with the intention of presenting the way that honey is produced. It is the sole museum of the country dedicated to the history of honey.

The Museum of Natural History of Rhodes was established from the local community within the area of the Valley of the Butterflies. The museum is housed in a beautiful renovated Italian house and completes the tour of the valley with information for the rich flora and fauna of the biotope.


Natural Beauties

The Dam of Apollakia is an artificial lake with a rich environmental value located close to the village of Apollakia. The area has been evolved into an important wetland for migratory birds and has been declared as a protected area from the European Network of Natura 2000. It is an ideal destination for bird watching and nature lovers.

The Forest of Prophet Elias is a dense forest of cypress, oak and pine trees climbing to the height of 798 metres. The forest is endowed from a rich flora and fauna, an ideal destination for nature and hiking lovers. On the top of the hill, one will find the beautiful monastery of Prophet Elias with panoramic views of the island.

The Isle of Prasonisi is one of the most beautiful areas of Rhodes located on the southwest side of the island. The name of the island signifies Green Island owing to its lush vegetation. During the summer, the island is a peninsula attached to Rhodes as the water levels of the sea are low while it becomes an island in the winter, as the water levels of the sea are high. Prasonisi is perhaps the best destination for windsurfing and kite surfing lovers of the Rhodes owing to the strong winds of the area.

The Park of Rodini is one of the oldest landscaped gardens of the world, known as the place of the ancient school of Rhetoric. The valley is blessed with dense vegetation of cypress and pine trees, running waters and fresh lakes. The idyllic sceneries of the park can be crossed from beautiful footpaths and little bridges found inside the park. The park is home to peacocks that walk freely within the landscape completing the puzzle of an impressive place.

The Seven Springs is one of the most beautiful destinations of Rhodes located between the villages of Archipolis and Kolibia. Seven Springs offer a real oasis swamped in verdant vegetation. The seven sparling springs can be explored through the beautiful walking footpaths. This magnificent natural scenery is recommended for relaxing and walking in the nature. Wooden bridges and charming paths lead to one of the most beautiful routes of Rhodes.

The Source of Fasouli is a beautiful natural setting located in the village of Psinthos. The surrounding area is blessed with dense vegetation and running streams that makes it an ideal place for relaxation. The stone pathways built along the river attract many nature lovers.

The Valley of the Butterflies is a unique natural reserve located on the western side of the island. As the name indicates, the verdant valley has beautiful landscapes embellished with a charming river and waterfalls surrounded from sweet gum trees, oak, plane and pine trees. It is the sole natural forest of oriental sweet gum trees (Liquidambar Orientalis) in Europe and a resting point of the Jersey tiger butterflies (Panaxia Quadripunctaria). The area can be crossed through beautiful routes with picturesque bridges and cobblestone trails offering an experience of a lifetime. Follow the stone stairs that lead to the Monastery of Kalopetra to admire panoramic views of the valley. One of the most spectacular events of nature occurs in the valley of the butterflies, where huge numbers of butterflies congregate during the final stage of their life cycle. Every late May, thousands of butterflies are attracted from the scent of the Oriental Sweet Gum trees and cover the entire landscape. Actually, they sleep well camouflaged in black and yellow colours. In the valley, there is a museum dedicated to the natural history of the island with extensive information of the flora and fauna of the reserve. The most notable part of the museum is the hatchery, where lots of butterflies reproduce in a protected area with stable climate conditions.


Promenades and Villages

Agios Isidoros is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. Perched on the foothills of Mount Attavyros, the lovely settlement has managed to retain its traditional character and authentic personality. The few residents of the village produce traditional products including honey, olive oil and souma. Wander around the charming alleys of the village and discover the wood fired ovens of the houses; the women of the village are known for their delicious home baked bread. Walking enthusiasts can follow the pathway that leads to mountain Attavyros with panoramic views of the area.

Apolakkia is a farming village located on the southwest side of the island. The verdant settlement has managed to preserve its traditional character. The main square of the village is adorned from the most beautiful building of the area, a classical sample of Italian architecture that is used as the cultural centre. The surrounding area of the village has verdant vegetation with citrus tress and olive groves that is ideal for walking lovers. It is worth visiting the artificial lake of Apolakkia that serves as an important ecosystem for migratory bird species. It is also worth mentioning that the festival dedicated to watermelons, the local product of the village is held on the first Saturday after the feast of Agia Marina (July 17).

Apollonas is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Nestling on the foothills of Prophet Elias, the lovely settlement is renowned for its natural beauty sceneries. The village was named after the remnants of the temple of Apollo found in the area.  Apollonas is a beautiful village with whitewashed houses and rich vegetation with an alpine air known for its excellent traditional products of wine and olive oil. Actually, the old oil press of the village has been transformed in a folklore museum. Wander around the charming alleys of the settlement and enjoy the delicious specialties in the local taverns of the square. It is also worth visiting the traces of an old fortress of the Knights. Lovers of nature can follow a nature trail that leads to the resort of Prophet Elias on the other side of the mountain.

Archangelos is a rural village located on the east side of the island.  The lovely settlement has a traditional character with houses of the traditional architecture of the Dodecanese. The jewel of Archangelos is the imposing bell tower of the homonymous church. Although it is one of the biggest villages of Rhodes, it is regarded as one of the most faithful to the village traditions and customs as shown from the smell of the homemade bread baked in old wood-fire ovens, crafts of grandfathers kept alive, marriages with traditional ceremonies and the distinctive language idiom of the area. Archangelos produces pure virgin olive oil and delicious citrus fruits. The village is also renowned for its talented craftsmen. Actually, it is said that the dome of the historic museum of Hagia Sofia in Istanbul was built from the bricks made in Archangelos. The most important sights of interest of the wider area include the monastery of Panagia Tsambika, the castle of Archangelos and the valley of Aithonas. It is worth mentioning that the rare breed of pygmy horses that used to reside in the forests of the village of Archangelos are protected from the members of the Phaethon club which is open to the public. Lovers of nature can visit the valley of Aithonas in order to admire the natural sceneries.

Asklipios is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of the island. Nestling on the foothills of the mountains,  this tiny agricultural settlement is embellished with traditional houses with the typical character of folklore architecture that spread amphitheatrically around the natural sceneries. The most important monument of the area is the imposing medieval castle of the area constructed from the Knights of Saint John. Today, the outer defensive walls of the castle are the sole significant remains. However, the castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas. In the centre of the village, one can admire the beautiful church of Virgin Mary and an old olive press that operates as a folklore museum.

Damatria is a seaside village located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the quietest villages of Rhodes ideal for those looking for tranquillity and relaxation. The lively square of the village is wrapped around an enormous oak tree. The most important attractions of the wider area include the Valley of Butterflies, a unique natural reserve where huge numbers of butterflies congregate during the final stage of their life cycle.

Embonas is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. Perched on the slopes of the tallest mountain of Rhodes, the lovely settlement is recognized as the wine capital of Rhodes. It is worth mentioning that the local people of Embonas have managed to preserve their local customs and traditions. Embonas is also known for its delicious grilled meat taverns, as the area is fortunate enough to provide excellent fresh meat. The main attraction of the area includes undoubtedly the tall mountain of Attavyros with the romantic alpine atmosphere and an abundant cypress forest that has been declared as a national monument. The wineries of Embonas are renowned for producing the excellent wine of Rhodes. The surrounding areas of the village are ideal for walking explorations amidst landscapes of immense natural beauty. During the second week of September, the wine festival is held in the village.

Faliraki is a seaside resort located on the northeast side of the island. Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, the cosmopolitan settlement hosts numerous organized beach along with a plethora of amenities. The nightlife of Faliraki boasts the most cosmopolitan atmosphere of Rhodes.

Fanes is a seaside village located on the west side of the island. It is one of the quietest villages of Rhodes ideal for those looking for tranquillity and peacefulness. Fanes has a traditional character with stone houses and cobblestone alleys that spread in a fertile valley. The remote beach of the settlement offers ideal winding conditions for kitesurfing while the seaside taverns are known for their delicious fish specialties. It is worth mentioning that the festival of Sotiros begins on August 5 hosting folklore and cultural events for four days.

Gennadi is a seaside village located on the southeast side of the island. The greatest jewel of the area is the endless beach of exceptional beauty, where the liveliest beach parties of the island are held. The village has an advantageous position between the mountains and the sea offering magnificent views of the surrounding areas. The most important sights of interest of Gennadi is the Police Station, a beautiful building of the Italian occupation, the traditional olive press, the Monastery of Skiadi and the festival organized on the beach in honour of the International Tourism Day on September 27.

Ialysos is the second biggest town of Rhodes located on the north side of the island. It is a beautiful seaside resort that combines medieval and modern elements. Some of the most beautiful beaches of the island are located in the area. It is worth mentioning that the European Windsurfing Championship is held in Ialysos during the summer. The most important monuments of the area is the acropolis of Ialysos, the Monastery of Filerimos and the Mineralogy and Palaeontology Museum. Ialysos is the best starting point for your exploration of the northeastern part of Andros.

Istrios is a mountainous village located on the southern side of the island. Perched on the mountain slopes, the beautiful settlement is blessed with verdant vegetation of olive groves, lemon trees and pinewoods. This tiny village is exclusively dedicated to the natural sceneries of the area with a pure atmosphere of serenity adorned from the simple characteristics of fresh air, the aroma of the herbs and the pinewoods and the breathtaking landscapes of the mountains. The region extending around the village, the dam of Apolakkia and Profilia, have been declared as a shelter for the wildlife protected from the European Network of Natura 2000.

Kalithies is a seaside village located on the north side of the island. The lovely settlement has a rather traditional character with beautiful views to the bay of Kallithea. The most important monuments of the area are the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour and the Cave of Kalamonias with impressive stalactite formations. The festival of the Holy Cross is one of the most impressive festivals of the island that is held in the village on the September 13 and 14. One of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the island is the Kallithea Spa located close to the village of Kalithies. The homonymous bay has been long renowned for its therapeutic properties. The hydrotherapy centre was constructed from Pietro Lombardi in 1928 while it was one of the best architectural constructions of the period.

Kattavia is the last village of Rhodes lying on the southernmost part of the island. It is a verdant village with traditional houses and lush vegetation and verdant forests. The most important attraction of the wider area is the island of Prasonisi, else known as the paradise of surfers. Prasonisi is perhaps one of the best destinations for windsurfing and kite surfing lovers in Greece owing to the strong winds of the area.

Koskinou is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. The beautiful settlement has a traditional atmosphere with stone houses shaded with colourful wooden doors, charming courtyards and pebbled alleys. The architectural character of Koskinou blends the old style of neoclassicism with the new style of cliff top mansions overlooking the Aegean. Koskinou has been declared as a preserved village from the Ministry of Culture. The most important monument of the settlement is the Traditional House of Koskinou, a folklore museum that exhibits old furniture, traditional woven fabrics and ceramic plates. It is also worth visiting the medieval castle of Koskinou. Today, the outer defensive walls of the castle are the sole significant remains. However, the castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

Kremasti is the pilgrim destination of the Dodecanese hosting one of the most important religious festivals of the year. The village combines the resort with the old village of the island. The most beautiful building in the village is the library that was constructed through the donations of the immigrants of the association Elpis. The religious festival of Virgin Mary is held on August 15 attracting pilgrim from the whole area of the Aegean. It is also worth mentioning that one of the biggest handicrafts exhibition of the Aegean is also held in the village exhibiting leather goods, hand embroider liner, folklore artefacts lasting for a period of two weeks in August. Another intriguing part of Kremasti is the homonymous bay that is an ideal spot for kite surfing.

Lahania is a picturesque village located on the southern side of the island. Built on the mountainous verdant hills, the lovely settlement has a traditional character with well-preserved traditional houses, blue doors and red tiled roofs and the windy cobblestone streets. Lahania is considered to be one of the prettiest villages of the island owing to the respect of the inhabitants to the natural environment. The charming square of the village with the traditional cafeterias under the shade of large trees offers moments of relaxation. Close to the square, one can visit the old olive press called Magana that has been renovated and serves as the cultural center of the area. The festival of wheat is held in the village every August.

Lindos is one of the most beautiful villages of Rhodes located on the eastern side of the island. The lovely settlement is dominated from the magnificent acropolis of Lindos. The village blends harmonically influences of the Hellenistic and medieval architecture with inspirational details of the Arab, Byzantine, Saracen and Venetian creating a dramatic natural landscape along with the natural surroundings. Some of the houses of the village have a distinct style carved from nautical motifs on the façades, known as captain houses which design is unique in the world. Lindian houses, else called Arhondika, belong to the rich naval history of the island. The natural beauty of Lindos definitely composes one of the prettiest areas of the island.

Malona is the orange valley of the island renowned for the sweetest oranges of the Mediterranean. The village is built in a verdant area of orange, mandarin and olive trees and it is considered one of the wealthiest agricultural areas of Rhodes. It is an authentic village with old houses that create a typical scene of the lifestyle of the area. In a close distance, one can visit the Castle of Feraklos hosting the remnants of the fortifications of the Knights and the beach resort of Haraki.

Messanagros is a mountainous village located on the southern side of the island. Nestling on the mountain slopes, the settlement is blessed with the verdant vegetation of cypress and pine trees. Messanagros is the smallest village of Rhodes ideal for those looking for tranquillity. The houses of the settlement are examples of the rural architecture of the island. The stunning countryside with its rich flora and fauna provides great opportunities for hiking and walking lovers. It is also worth mentioning that Messanagros comes alive on August 15, when the traditional celebration in honour of Virgin Mary is held. The feast is followed from traditional music, dance and food.

Monolithos is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of the island. Perched on the mountain slopes of Akramytis, the lovely settlement is distinguished for its wild beauty. The summit of the village is graced from the remnants of the medieval castle of the Knights offering breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. Monolithos is one of the most charming villages of Rhodes, also regarded as one of the most faithful to the village traditions and customs. The village is blessed with landscapes of unspoilt beauty and windswept deserted beaches, difficult to find elsewhere on the island. The beautiful trail that leads to the village of Sianna is ideal for hiking lovers.

Rhodes New Town is the capital of Rhodes and the capital of the Dodecanese located on the northeast side of the island. The city is divided into the parts of the medieval city of Rhodes and the new city of Rhodes. The old city of Rhodes is one of the biggest and best preserved medieval settlements of Europe. The most important monuments include the Palace of the Grand Master, the Hospital of the Knights and the Colloquium Building. The new city of Rhodes was constructed when the inhabitants built new settlements outside the walls of the medieval town after the siege of Suleiman the Magnificent. The majority of the buildings have the architectural style of the Gothics and Venetians. The most important buildings include the National Theatre, the Post Office and the Town Hall along with the ] renovated Grande Albergo delle Rosse, which how operates as a Casino. Stroll around the charming harbour of Mandaki, make sure you pay a visit at the Aquarium of Rhodes and the Rodini Park and climb up to the hill of Monte Smith to admire the panoramic views of the island.

Rhodes Medieval Town is a mosaic of crossroads of different cultures and civilizations from twenty-four centuries of history with a unique atmosphere that creates sceneries of indescribable beauty of one of the best-preserved medieval settlements of Europe. The magnificent Palace of the Grand Master was the administrative quarters of the Knights of Saint John along with cobblestone Street of the Knights, one of the most well preserved medieval streets of Europe, create a mesmerizing feeling of medieval times. An abundant number of magnificent buildings including the Hospital of the Knights, the Orthodox Cathedral of Rhodes, the Hippocrates Square and the Turkish baths and mosques create the medieval image of the Old Town of Rhodes. Sightseeing tours are organized at the old town starting from the Palace of the Grand Master.

Paradisi is a traditional village located on the northeast side of the island. The name of the village is Paradise, which has derived from the heavenly gardens with exotic flowers brought from the Arabs. The charming square of the settlement is surrounded from landscapes of incredible beauty. Paradisi is well known for its bakeries emitting beautiful scents on the streets. Enjoy the panoramic views of the sunset from the village and visit the festivities taking place in honour of Agia Marina on July 17.

Platania is a picturesque village located on the central part of the island. The lovely settlement is blessed with the finest of nature.  The village is shadowed from a mountain range offering a majestic view of the countryside. Platania is renowned for its traditional taverns that produce homemade specialties. Six kilometres from Platania, one can follow the long dirt road that leads to the village of Laerma, one of the most beautiful forest trails of Rhodes. Platania is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxations and peacefulness.

Profilia is a mountainous village located on the southern side of the island. Nestling on the mountain slopes of Gerakas, the settlement is blessed with verdant vegetation and forested hills, as it is built in in one of the largest forested areas of Rhodes. Profilia is an authentic gem of the island that has managed to retain its traditional character. The life of the village beats on the local tavern known for its delicious homemade dishes. The incredible mountainous sceneries of Profilia invite you to hike in the unspoilt environment that has been declared as a protected area from the European Network of Natura 2000.

Psinthos is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island.  It is one of the most verdurous villages of Rhodes distinguished for with one of the biggest squares of the Dodecanese and the running springs of the fountain of Fasouli. Psinthos is also known for its delicious grilled meat taverns, as the area is fortunate enough to provide excellent fresh meat. If you happen to visit the area in September, don’t miss out the local celebration in honour of Virgin Mary that takes place on September 8.
Salakos is a mountainous village located on the western side of the island. Perched on the verdant mountain slopes of Prophet Elias, the village is best known for the bottled spring water called Nymph. The heart of the village beats on the cobblestone shady square with running waters and fig trees. Salakos is faithful to traditions and customs while it is also known for its fine walnuts. However, the most intriguing part of the area is the natural spring of Nymph, the main supplier of water of the island. Next to the spring, there is a beautiful serpentine nature trail that leads to the peak of Prophet Elias. Reaching the top, the panoramic view of the fertile valleys and the charming settlements will definitely reward you!

Sianna is a mountainous village located on the southwest side of the island. Characterized as on the most beautiful villages of the island, the lovely settlement is perched on the mountain slopes of Akramytis. The landscapes of the village are unique, as they combine the green hillsides and the deep blue sea with fabulous views of the wild western coastline of Rhodes. Sianna is the most important honey producer of the island as the entire area is blessed with a diverse flora of herb varieties. To this extend, the honey and souma festival is held in the village every August. However, the best attraction is the splendid views from the village!

Vati is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of the island. The traditional settlement has an authentic character that retains the folklore tradition of the island. The heart of Vati beats around the cobblestone shady square. Close to the square, there are many beautiful old churches of great historical important along with some well preserved windmills from the period of the Knights. Vati is an ideal place for reconnecting with nature offering beautiful forests to explore.


Sunset Spots

Spot: Ancient Stadium of Diagoras, North Rhodes

Spot: Acropolis of Lindos, East Rhodes

Spot: Beach of Prasonisi, South Rhodes

Spot: Castle of Kritinia, West Rhodes

Spot: Castle of Monolithos, Southeast Rhodes

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Kastelorizo is the easternmost island of the country. Kastelorizo is a well-kept secret, a buried hidden treasure and a hideaway escape in the Aegean waiting for you to discover it. Just off the coast of Asia Minor, the remotest island of Greece might lack in size, but it replenishes in landscapes and colours; besides they say less is more. Kastelorizo is a true getaway escape. Dive in the sapphire waters of the biggest underwater cave of the country, hop into a boat to visit the isle of Ro, admire the neoclassical houses of the seaside promenade, taste the fresh fish of the fishermen at the seaside taverns and climb up to the Red Castle to enjoy the panoramic views! Kastelorizo will charm you from the first moment, as it is blessed from an atmospheric oasis found in few places in the world. Will you dare to flirt with this true experience?

Boat Trip: The Island of Halki is a mysterious island with artistic landscapes that compose a beautiful image of a marvellous canvas, a charming village waiting to catch your attention. A handful of neoclassical mansions spread around the charming harbour of the island in all the shades of the colours of the rainbow that reflect under the blinding light of the sun. Characterized by Unesco as the island of Peace and Friendship, Niborio is the colourful capital and harbour of the island! The beautiful settlement has an authentic atmosphere with tall mansions and enormous windows under the red tiled roofs and cobblestone labyrinthine alleys. And what about the size? Whatever Halki lacks in size, it replenishes in landscapes and colours; besides they say less is more. This is Halki, a tiny island with virgin natural beauty eager to be discovered. An island with traditional colours and remarkable historical monuments create a peaceful and tranquil environment even for the most discerning travellers.

Boat Trip: The Island of Symi will overwhelm you from a mysterious feeling. The colourful houses of the village climbing to the slopes of the mountain seem like an image of a fairy tale novel. The rich mythological tradition reflects to the history of the island. The beauty of Symi is a unique spectacle. Neoclassical mansions and abandoned captain houses, cobblestone courtyards and pebbled mosaics give an aura of nobility to the island while the bougainvillea flowers add a colourful touch to the romantic atmosphere. You might even sense the atmospheric air of Symi when you climb the five hundred stone steps that lead to the once most commercial street of the island. Stroll around the kalderimi, the stone bridge that connects the two sides of the village, renowned as the Bridge of Love and you might even feel like you stepped back in another era, and observe the famous shipbuilders of Symi at the small shipyard of Harani who maintain the shipbuilding traditions of the island. An island with strong elements of romanticism, that resembles a colourful canvas, will go beyond your expectations; It will salute you stately, secluded, rocky and wild but above all beautiful.

Boat Trip: The Island of Tilos is waiting for you to discover striking medieval castles, imposing mountains with natural springs, pristine beaches, charming churches, the cave of the dwarf elephants and the abandoned medieval village of Mikro Horio! The spectacular beauty of Tilos boasts mountainous and rocky landscapes blessed with verdant hills and an abundant variety of plants of almond trees, bluebells, orchids, oaks and shamrocks that create a colourful patchwork of fragrances. Megalo Horio is the charming capital of the island with a traditional character. Whitewashed houses, flowery courtyards and cobblestone alleys spread around the traces of the medieval castle. When the sun is trying to hide behind the imposing mountains of Tilos, the shades of orange shine under the imperious castle of the Knights. You will be dazzled from the mysterious village of Mikro Horio that comes alive only during the night while the romantic promenades in the charming village of Agios Antonios will amaze you! The wild natural beauty of the island is unique and this is the reason that the local people of Tilos founded a non-profit association for the Ecological Park of Tilos with the purpose of preserving and protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the island through the awareness of the locals and the travellers. You will be captivated from the indescribable tranquility of Tilos along with its rugged beauty; just don’t forget to take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints!

Activities

Bird Watching: Rhodes has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. More than three thousand species of bird species find shelter on the island.  Some of the places that have been noted for bird watching include the dam of Apolakkia, the river of Gadouras and the villages of Afandou, Ixia, Koskinou and Laerma. It is worth mentioning that some common bird species are vultures, eagles, owls and hawks.

Bicycling: The countryside of Rhodes is an ideal place for cycling lovers. There are numerous bicycle rentals on the island where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of the island. Some of the most interesting areas for bicycling include the Valley of Butterflies, the Villages of Embonas and Kritinia and the Village of Psinthos and the Seven Springs. Discover more information from the Official Website of Rhodes.

Diving: The varied coastline of Rhodes offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. The Mediterranean reef in Lindos, the Cleombulus Tomb in Lindos, the Complex Caves in Pentanissos Isle, the shipwreck in Plimiri beach, the Ladiko wall and the Gina Isles are some of the most interesting diving spots. One will find diving centres in the villages of Faliraki, Ialysos, Ixia, Kallithea and the town of Rhodes. Discover the diving facilities of the island from the Official Website of Rhodes.

Golf: The Golf Course of Afandou was designed from the famous golf course designer Charantin Donald.  The club is open all year round offering all the necessary amenities.

Horse Riding: Rhodes offers invigorating experiences of riding a horse along the seashore. You can find riding schools in Faliraki and Ixia.

Hiking: Rhodes hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the village of Embonas and leads to the imposing mountain of Attavyros. It is a beautiful trail, quite long, as it needs five hours to be crossed. However, the views from the traces of the temple of Zeus are rewarding. (2) Another interesting route starts from the village of Archangelos that leads to the hill of Filerimos through a wonderful pine tree forest. (3) It is also worth following the route that starts from the village of Salakos that leads to the peak of the mountain of Prophet Elias. The views from there are really rewarding! (4) The route that starts from the Valley of the Butterflies and leads to the Monastery of Kalopetra is also quite interesting. (5) Another beautiful route starts from the village of Kritinia and leads to the castle of Kritinia with panoramic views of the island. (6) It is also worth following the route that starts from the village of Archangelos that leads to the monastery of Panagia Tsambika passing through a magnificent forest of cypress and pine trees. Discover more information from the Official Website of Rhodes.

Kitesurfing: Rhodes is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. From April to October, strong northwestern winds blow and Rhodes become an ideal place for kitesurfing. The most popular kitesurfing centers are located at the beaches of the western coast such as Fanes, Ialysos and Ixia along with Prasonisi on the southernmost part of Rhodes. Beginners usually prefer the eastern coast, as the winds are much milder.

Walking: Rhodes hosts beautiful sceneries ideal for lovers of walking. (1) The Valley of the Butterflies is a unique natural reserve located on the western side of the island. The area can be crossed through beautiful routes with picturesque bridges and cobblestone trails ideal for nature enthusiasts. (2) Another interesting route starts from the village of Kolibia and leads to the Seven Springs. The beautiful trail passes through sceneries of verdant vegetation. (3) It is also worth following the trails within the Park of Rodini. It is one of the oldest landscaped gardens of the world blessed with dense vegetation, running waters and fresh lakes. The idyllic sceneries of the park can be crossed from beautiful footpaths and little bridges found inside the park.

Windsurfing: Rhodes is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. From April to October, strong northwestern winds blow and Rhodes become an ideal place for windsurfing. The most popular kitesurfing centres are located at the beaches of the western coast such as Ialysos, Ixia, Theologos, along with Prasonisi on the southernmost part of Rhodes. Beginners usually prefer the eastern coast, as the winds are much milder.


Beaches

Antony Quinn is a sandy and rocky beach with turquoise waters and pine forest located on north side the island.  The original name of the beach is Vagies, however the film The Guns of Navarone was filmed here and the beach was favoured from Antony Quinn. The beach is considered one of the most beautiful spots of the island with the surrounding rocky formations creating wild sceneries. The beach is partially organized with various amenities.

Agios Georgios is a sandy beach with blue waters and cedar trees located on the south side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity. The beach is accessible through a dirt road on the road from Gennadi to Kattavia.

Afantou is a long sandy and pebbled beach with crystal clear waters located on the north side of the island. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, beach bars and taverns. During the summer, the beach gets relatively crowded as it receives many windsurfing enthusiasts.

Agios Pavlos is a bay of rare natural beauty with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island. The bay resembles a swimming pool owing to the circular rocky formations crowned from the imposing acropolis of Lindos. The beach is a well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and a beach bar.

Agathi is a golden sandy beach with emerald waters located on east side of the island. The surrounding landscapes of the area create beautiful sceneries combining the mountains and the sea. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, and three canteens.

Apolakia, else known as Limni, is a secluded sandy beach with crystal clear waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the best beaches for nature lovers as the whole area is an important environmental area protected from the European Network of Natura 2000. The ecosystem consists from dunes and wild cedar bushes while it is a shelter of the marine turtle Caretta-Caretta and seal monk Monachus-Monachus.

Elli is a long sandy beach with blue waters located in the area of Mandraki. It is the closest beach to the town of Rhodes. Elli is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches of the Dodecanese offering all the amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports facilities, seaside taverns and beach bars.

Faliraki is the longest sandy beach of the Aegean located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most cosmopolitan resorts of Rhodes offering a lot of amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports facilities, seaside taverns and beach bars.

Fournou is a pebbled and sandy beach with turquoise waters and pine trees located on the southeast side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for calmness.

Gennadi is a sandy and pebbled beach with crystal clear waters located on the south side of the island. The surrounding landscape offers beautiful sceneries. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports facilities, seaside taverns and beach bars. During the summer, the most popular beach parties are held in the beach.

Glistra is a golden sandy beach with emerald waters and lush vegetation located on the east side of the island. It is a beautiful beach ideal for swimmers seeking for a tranquil environment. The beach is quite organized offering the basic beach facilities to the visitors.

Ialysos is a long sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches of Rhodes offering numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports facilities, seaside taverns and beach bars. Also, the beach is an ideal location for windsurfing as the European Windsurfing Championship is held in the beach.

Ixia is a long sandy beach with crystal clear waters located on the south side of the town of the island. It is one of the most popular windsurfing destinations offering all the beach amenities.

Kiotari is a long golden sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is a cosmopolitan beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, seaside taverns and restaurants.

Lindos is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the east side of the island. The beach is crowned from the impressive acropolis of Lindos creating beautiful sceneries. It is a well-organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports facilities and beach bars.

Mavros Kavos is a long golden sandy beach with turquoise waters and dunes located on the northeast side of the island. It is a very secluded beach ideal for nature lovers and those looking for total privacy.

Paradisi is a long sandy and pebbled beach located on the northwest side of the island. It is a beautiful beach with serene landscapes. The beach is the close beach to the airport of Rhodes.

Prasonisi is one of the most beautiful areas of the island located on the southwest side of Rhodes. The name of the island signifies Green Island owing to its lush vegetation. During the summer, the island is a peninsula attached to Rhodes, as the water levels of the sea are low while it becomes an island in the winter, as the water levels of the sea are high. Prasonisi is perhaps the best destination for windsurfing and kite surfing lovers of the island owing to the strong winds of the area.

Theologos is a long sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches for windsurfing lovers with amazing natural surroundings.

Tsambika is a long golden sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island dominated from the imposing rock of the monastery of Tsambika. It is a well-organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports facilities and taverns.

Traganou is a long pebbled beach with crystal clear waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is a beautiful beach with magical natural surroundings and it is partially organized.


Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners & Pastry Shops

Cafeteria of Kallithea Springs: Coffee, Harbour of Kallithea Springs

Cafeteria of the Valley of Butterflies: Coffee, Valley of Butterflies

Castle Cafe: Coffee, Castle of Monolithos

Cavo Tango: Coffee, Ialyssos

Gelateria Ice Art: Crepes, Rhodes Town

Mod: Coffee, Rhodes Town

Stani: Ice Cream, Rhodes Town

Yachting Club: Coffee, Mandraki

Gastronomic Delights

Alexis: Seafood, Old Town

Archipelagos: Seafood, Rhodes New Town

Artemida: Greek Cuisine, Psinthos

Arhontikon: Seafood, Lindos

Aspro Piato: Greek Cuisine, New Town

Bakis Brothers: Greek Cuisine, Embonas

Broccolino: Italian Cuisine, Lindos

Coralli: Greek Cuisine, Pefkos

Dinoris: Seafood, Old Town

Eftixia: Greek Cuisine, Prasonisi

Hatzikelis: Seafood, Old Town of Rhodes

Ilias: Greek Cuisine, Kolibia

Kostas Taverna: Greek Cuisine, Ialyssos

Koukos: Ouzo and Meze, Niohori

Kyma Beach Restaurant: Greek Cuisine, Pefkos

Limanaki: Seafood, Kolibia

Limeri tou Listi: Greek Cuisine, Profilia

Manolis: Greek Cuisine, Faliraki

Marco Polo: Mediterranean Cuisine, Old Town

Masasoura: Greek Cuisine, Maritsa

Mavrikos: Greek Cuisine, Lindos

Melenos Lindos Restaurant: Greek Cuisine, Lindo

Mourella: Greek Cuisine, Kiotari

Nireas: Seafood, Old Town

O Gialos: Seafood, Stegna

Old Monolithos: Greek Cuisine, Monolithos

Pelekanos: Greek Cuisine, Vati

Pigi Fasouli: Greek Cuisine, Psinthos

Platanos: Greek Cuisine, Lahania

Roulas: Greek Cuisine, Lardos

O Sakellaris: Souvlaki, Rhodes New Town

Thavma en Kairo: Greek Cuisine, Old Town

Tsabikos : Seafood, Kolibia

Cocktail Inspirations

Alter Ego: Cocktails and Drinks, Rhodes Town

Arches Club: Cocktails and Drinks, Rhodes Town

Amphitheatre Boutique Club: Cocktails and Drinks, Lindos

Black Adder: Cocktails and Drinks, Rhodes Town

Macao Cocktail Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Rhodes Old Town

Mikro Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Old Town of Rhodes

Mojito Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Lachania

Paradiso Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Kallithea

Rainbird Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Lindos

Ronda Beach Bar and Club: Cocktails and Drinks, New Town

Santa Marina Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Rhodes New Town

Soho Club: Cocktails and Drinks, Old Town

The Last Butler: Cocktails and Drinks, Rhodes Town

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include honey, olive oil and vegetables. However, the wine is the most famous products of Rhodes owing to the fertile soil and the constant sun of the island. Of high quality is the honey of Rhodes.

The local specialties of the island include lakani, a dish made from meat with tomato sauce, pitaroudia, a dish made from chick pea nuggets with tomato, soupiorizo, a dish made from rice cooked in squid ink, melekouni, a local variety of pastel (a sesame honey bar) and the alcoholic beverages of the local wines and souma, the local version of raki, the Cretan alcoholic drink.

Events & Festivals

Every May, the Flower Festival takes place in the harbour of Mandraki. The festival hosts a spectacular show with flowers.

Every May, the Strawberry Festival takes place in the village of Paradisi. The festival is accompanied from traditional music and local strawberries.

Every May, the Medieval Rose Festival takes place in Rhodes. The festival hosts  numerous cultural and art special events for a period of four months.

Every June, the International Films and Visual Arts Festival takes place in Rhodes. The festival hosts a series of cultural events.

Every July, the International Opera Festival takes place in the courtyard of the Palace of the Grand Master.

Every July, the Rhodes Summer Festival takes place in Rhodes. The festival hosts a series of art and music special events for a period of three months.

Every July, the Watermelon Festival takes place in the village of Apollakia. The festival hosts various music and dance happenings.

Every August, the Farmers and Stock Breeders Fair takes place in the village of Monolithos. The festival hosts stands with products of the local farmers accompanied from live folk music.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebrations in honour of Virgin Mary take place in the villages of Asklipion, Kremasti and Vati.

Every 5th of August, the traditional celebration in honour of the Saviour takes place in the village of Fanes. The feast hosts a series of folk dancing and singing special events.

Every August, the Honey and Souma Festival takes place in the village of Sianna.

Every 7th of September, the traditional celebration in honour of Virgin Mary takes place at the Monastery of Panagia Tsambika.

Every September, the Wine Festival takes place in the village of Embonas.

Every September, the Days of Music Festival takes place in the Medieval Town of Rhodes. The festival hosts classical and popular musical concerts from worldwide artists.

Every year, the Sound and Light Show takes place in the municipal gardens of Rhodes. It is an impressive attraction hosting a theatre play without actors with main elements being the music, the light, the narration and the stage architecture.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Rhodes was the nymph of Helios. He saw the island of Rhodes rising from the sea and he asked Zeus to assign it to him. The grandsons of Helios, namely Camirus, Lindus and Ialyssus, spitted the island in three parts and gave their names to the three largest cities of Rhodes.

History

In ancient times, Rhodes played an important role owing to the strategic position of the island on the crossroads between the East and the West. According to historical evidence, Rhodes was inhabited since the Stone Age while the first settlers came from Asia and Crete. The rapid development of the ancient civilizations commenced after the Trojan War with Ialysos, Kamiros and Lindos being the most powerful cities reaching their peak during the 3rd century BC. These three cities formed the Doric Exapolis along with Halicarnassus, Knidos and Kos with its centre at the temple at the sanctuary of Apollo at Knidos during the 7th century. After establishing the city of Rhodes, it was designed consistent with the city planning system of Hippodamus of Miletus, the greatest city planner of antiquity, and the city of Rhodes developed into one of the most important trading and maritime centres in the Mediterranean Sea. However, Persians overran the island with invasions, which were defeated from Athens, and Rhodes joined the Athenian League. In 408 BC, the city states of Rhodes united and formed the new city of Rhodes, which came under the influence of Athens and Sparta, the two great Greek powers, until the Macedonian domination. After the death of Alexander the Great, the control of his kingdom was divided to his generals, Antigonus, Ptolemy and Seleucus. Rhodes formed strong cultural and commercial ties with the Ptolemies of Alexandria, forming the Rhodian-Egyptian alliance that controlled sea trade throughout the Aegean Sea in the 3rd century BC. In 305 BC, Demetrius, the son of Antigonus, tried to besiege Rhodes in order to break its alliance with Egypt, with huge siege engines that led to a peace agreement leaving a military equipment behind. The Rhodians used this equipment in order to build the statue of their Sun God, Helios, known as the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed after a devastating earthquake. Rhodes flourished with great navigational and maritime skills for a hundred fifty years, becoming a major schooling centre for Roman families until it fell under the Roman domination for three hundred years followed by the Byzantine Empire in 395 AD. In 1309, the island was conquered from the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, known as Knights of Rhodes, who rebuilt the city into a model of the medieval ideal of Europe with strong fortifications in order to protect the island. The Knights revolved it it into an important administrative centre and a thriving medieval city. When the Turks dominated the island in 1523, new buildings were constructed including Ottoman mosques and baths within the Old Town while the Italian rulers, who conquered Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese in 1912, embellished the city with magnificent buildings along with reconstruction projects of the Palace of the Grand Master and the Street of the Knights with the intention of regaining its medieval purity. After a short period of English and German domination, Rhodes officially became a part of Greece in March of 1948.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Rhodes has an international airport with scheduled flights on an annual basis.  From April to October, there are charter flights from numerous countries of Europe. The journey from Athens usually lasts from thirty to forty five minutes. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (237 Nautical Miles): Rhodes is accessible by boat from the harbour of Piraeus. The journey usually lasts from thirteen to twenty three hours. Rhodes is also connected with the islands of Halki, Karpathos, Kasos, Patmos, Symi and Tilos amongst others. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Mysterious Greece Tips

An Excursion to the Islands of Halki, Kastelorizo, Symi and Tilos

Halki: Tranquillity at Its Finest: Artistic Landscapes and Authentic Hospitality

A handful of neoclassical mansions spread around the charming harbour of the island in all the shades of the colours of the rainbow that reflect under the blinding light of the sun. Characterized by Unesco as the island of Peace and Friendship, Halki is a mysterious island with artistic landscapes that compose a beautiful image of a marvellous canvas, a charming village waiting to catch your attention. A village of special beauty, Niborio is the colourful capital and harbour of the island! The beautiful settlement has an authentic atmosphere with tall mansions and enormous windows under the red tiled roofs and cobblestone labyrinthine alleys. And what about the size? Whatever Halki lacks in size, it replenishes in landscapes and colours; besides they say less is more. This is Halki, a tiny island with virgin natural beauty eager to be discovered. An island with traditional colours and remarkable historical monuments create a peaceful and tranquil environment even for the most discerning travellers.

Kastelorizo: Aristocratic Neoclassical Mansions, Red Fortresses, Phantasmagorical Caves and Sapphire Waters in a Lilliputian Island

On the easternmost edge of Greece, one will have the opportunity to explore the colorful island of Kastelorizo. Kastelorizo is a well-kept secret, a buried hidden treasure and a hideaway escape in the Aegean waiting for you to discover it. Just off the coast of Asia Minor, the remotest island of Greece might lack in size, but it replenishes in landscapes and colours; besides they say less is more. Kastelorizo is a true getaway escape. Dive in the sapphire waters of the biggest underwater cave of the country, hop into a boat to visit the isle of Ro, admire the neoclassical houses of the seaside promenade, taste the fresh fish of the fishermen at the seaside taverns and climb up to the Red Castle to enjoy the panoramic views! Kastelorizo will charm you from the first moment, as it is blessed from an atmospheric oasis found in few places in the world. Will you dare to flirt with this true experience?

Symi:Neoclassical Mansions and Captain Houses under the Romantic Atmosphere of the Colourful Harbour

While approaching the harbour of Symi, you will be overwhelmed from a mysterious feeling. The colourful houses of the village climbing to the slopes of the mountain seem like an image of a fairy tale novel. The rich mythological tradition reflects to the history of the island. The beauty of Symi is a unique spectacle. Neoclassical mansions and abandoned captain houses, cobblestone courtyards and pebbled mosaics give an aura of nobility to the island while the bougainvillea flowers add a colourful touch to the romantic atmosphere. You might even sense the atmospheric air of Symi when you climb the five hundred stone steps that lead to the once most commercial street of the island. Stroll around the kalderimi, the stone bridge that connects the two sides of the village, renowned as the Bridge of Love and you might even feel like you stepped back in another era, and observe the famous shipbuilders of Symi at the small shipyard of Harani who maintain the shipbuilding traditions of the island. An island with strong elements of romanticism, that resembles a colourful canvas, will go beyond your expectations; It will salute you stately, secluded, rocky and wild but above all beautiful.

Tilos:Striking Castles, Imposing Mountains and Patchworks of Fragrances on the Ultimate Shelter of the Dwarf Elephants of Europe 

Tilos is waiting for you to discover striking medieval castles, imposing mountains with natural springs, pristine beaches, charming churches, the cave of the dwarf elephants and the abandoned medieval village of Mikro Horio! The spectacular beauty of Tilos boasts mountainous and rocky landscapes blessed with verdant hills and an abundant variety of plants of almond trees, bluebells, orchids, oaks and shamrocks that create a colourful patchwork of fragrances. Megalo Horio is the charming capital of the island with a traditional character. Whitewashed houses, flowery courtyards and cobblestone alleys spread around the traces of the medieval castle. When the sun is trying to hide behind the imposing mountains of Tilos, the shades of orange shine under the imperious castle of the Knights. You will be dazzled from the mysterious village of Mikro Horio that comes alive only during the night while the romantic promenades in the charming village of Agios Antonios will amaze you! The wild natural beauty of the island is unique and this is the reason that the local people of Tilos founded a non-profit association for the Ecological Park of Tilos with the purpose of preserving and protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the island through the awareness of the locals and the travellers. You will be captivated from the indescribable tranquility of Tilos along with its rugged beauty; just don’t forget to take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints!

Blessed from the Winds: Kitesurfing or Windsurfing?

Rhodes is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing and windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. From April to October, strong northwestern winds blow and Rhodes become an ideal place for practicing your favorite spots. The most popular centers are located at the beaches of the western coast such as Fanes, Ialysos, Ixia and Theologos along with Prasonisi on the southernmost part of Rhodes. Beginners usually prefer the eastern coast, as the winds are much milder.

Dedicate a Day to the Acropolis of Lindos

The Acropolis of Lindos is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. It was one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes located in the village of Lindos. Lindos was founded in the 10th century BC, and was one of the most important trading centers in the Aegean due to its strategic geographic position between Greece and Middle East. At the top of the site, one can admire the imposing temple of Athena Lindia, the Propylaea and the Roman Temple of Diocletian. All these monuments were protected from the medieval castle of Lindos. Outside of the castle, one can also admire traces of an ancient theatre. The views from the acropolis are undoubtedly outstanding!

Driving Explorations to the Mountains of Rhodes

The countryside of Rhodes is an ideal place for driving explorations. You will find the most beautiful landscapes in the regions of the two highest mountains of the island, Attavyros and Prophet Elias. The tiny villages that spread on the foothills of these mountain ranges exude charm, harmony and warmth. Some of the most beautiful villages include Messanagros, Monolithos, Platanias, Profilia, Salakos and Sianna.

Explore the Unexplored: Rhodes Villages

Undoubtedly, Rhodes is blessed from endless sandy beaches with turquoise waters. However, the true gems of the island are the villages. Visit the preserved village of Koskinou to admire the traditional Rhodian houses and go to the village of Kalithies to discover the impressive thermal spa complex of Kallithea. Climb up to the castle of the village of Asklipio to admire the panoramic views and head towards the colorful village of Fanes. Definitely visit the village of Lindos to discover the imposing medieval houses of the settlement and the outstanding acropolis of Lindos and hike to the verdant mountain slopes of Akramytis and Prophet Elias with their charming villages. Discover the wine tradition of Rhodes in the village of Embonas and visit the imposing monastery of Kremasti village, the pilgrim destination of the Dodecanese. Explore the verdant sceneries of Kalavarda and Psinthos villages and discover the valley of butterflies in the village of Tholos. Grab your keys and drive to the villages of Rhodes! You won’t regret it!

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Rhodes offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Exotic Finesse: Emerald, Sapphire and Turquoise Waters

Rhodes has some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean! These include Agios Pavlos, Anthony Quinn, Prasonisi and Tsambika.

Find more Information about Rhodes

If you want to discover the entire island of Rhodes, it is highly recommended to be advised from the website of TravelGuidetoRhodes.com.

Full Moon Nights in the Medieval Town of Rhodes

If you happen to be in Rhodes on full moon, don’t miss out admiring the glowing lights of the moon to the Medieval Town of Rhodes!

It’s Sunset Time

Wandering where you will have the opportunity to admire the best sunset in Rhodes? Choose either the acropolis of Rhodes on the hill of Filerimos or the isle of Prasonisi! Beyond the mainstream, you can also visit the villages of Embonas and Kremasti for their incredible sunset views!

Hiking to the Peak of Prophet Elias

Although this route is slightly difficult, the views from the top will compensate you! The trail begins from a steep rock above the village of Salakos at an altitude of 220 meters. Here, you will also find the sources of the bottled water of Rhodes, namely Nymph. The route ends at the Monastery of Prophet Elias at an altitude of 610 meters. The beautiful trail crosses landscapes with dense vegetation starting from a rich forest of oaks and shrubs, followed from cypress and pine trees. One might have the opportunity to encounter the deer of Rhodes!

Medieval Glory: The Medieval Rose Festival of Rhodes

Legends of the fairy tales of the Middle Ages, fairies and witches in the mysterious streets of the Medieval Town and witnesses of brave battles in a once impregnable fortress; still wondering? The Medieval Rose Festival is the projection of the culture and history of Rhodes!

Monster Hand, Jackpot or Ace High?

Are you interested in playing your favorite cards game? Rhodes has it for you! The Grande Albergo delle Rosse is one of the finest hotel casinos of Greece!

Natural Explorations in Rhodes

Eager to admire butterflies? Are you ready to explore one of the oldest landscaped gardens of the world? Do you want to discover verdant forests and water springs? You will find everything on the island of Rhodes! Visit the Valley of the Butterflies to admire thousands of butterflies, which are attracted from the scent of the Oriental Sweet Gum trees and cover the entire landscape! Hike to the mountain slopes of Prophet Elias blessed with dense forests of cypress, oak and pine trees! Observe millions of migratory birds at the Dam of Apolakkia and explore the natural oasis of the Seven Springs swamped in verdant vegetation! And let’s not forget about the idyllic sceneries of the Park of Rodini, one of the oldest landscaped gardens of the world!

Observing like an Olympian God

Do you want to admire the beautiful views that Rhodes has to offer? The clock tower of the Catholic Church of Saint Francis to admire one of the best views of the medieval town of Rhodes! The Monastery of Panagia Filerimos in Ialysos also offers astonishing views to the surrounding areas while the Monastery of Kalopetra offers beautiful views towards the valley of the butterflies! The village of Sianna will compensate you with unimaginable views to the endless blue of the Aegean! Perched on the summit of the homonymous village, the castle of Monolithos also offers breathtaking views of the area!

Only for Pilgrims

The village of Kremasti is the pilgrim destination of the Dodecanese hosting one of the most important religious festivals of the year. On the day of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, the traditional celebration in honor of the saint is held in the village!

Splish Splash in the Biggest Waterpark of Europe

The Waterpark of Rhodes is one of the largest waterparks of Europe. The waterpark offers spectacular rides, unique splash pools and water slides located in the village of Faliraki!

Sweet as Honey: Discover the History of Honey

The Museum of Bee and Honey was established from the Beekeeping Association of the Dodecanese with the intention of presenting the way that honey is produced. This is the sole museum of the country dedicated to the history of honey. The museum offers various exhibits concerning beekeeping since the old days while it also organizes presentations of old and modern beekeeping methods. Discover more information from the Official Website of the Beekeeping Association of the Dodecanese!

Wine Experiences at the Wine Capital of Rhodes

The lovely settlement of Embonas is recognized as the wine capital of Rhodes. The wineries of Embonas are renowned for producing the excellent wine of Rhodes. There, one will have the opportunity to discover the two major wineries of Rhodes namely Cair and Emery! It is also worth mentioning that the wine festival of Rhodes is held in the village during the second week of September.

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Agios Pavlos beach: Sergio Veludo by Fotopedia

Apolakkia Dam: AAnna by Panoramio

Apollo Temple at the Acropolis of Rhodes: Geotsak by Panoramio

Athena Temple in Lindos: Shutterstock

Castle of Monolithos: Official Website of Rhodes

Gate of Saint Paul: Jebulon by Wikimedia

Kalithea Springs: Nikos Kasseris by Starwoodhotels.com

Lindos Acropolis: Saffron Blaze by Wikimedia

Lindos View: Jebulon by Wikimedia

Prasonisi: Shutterstock

Palace of the Grandmaster: Shutterstock

Rhodes Town: Finn Lyngesen by Panoramio

Rodini Park: Bering17 by Flickr

Street of the Knights: Bernard Gagnon by Wikimedia

Valley of Butterflies: Let2 by Flickr

View of Tsambika beach: Manolis Vardaxis by Trekearth

View from the hill of Filerimos: Alexander Stadnik by Flickr