The Island οf Rhodes
THE ISLAND OF THE SUN
Rhodes is the fourth largest island in Greece, located in the south-east Aegean, not far from the coasts of Minor Asia. As if blessed by the god of the sun “Helios”, the island is known for its natural beauty and favourable climate all year round. Rhodes’ strategic geographical position has made the island an important conquest prize for foreign populations throughout the course of history: the Minoans, the Mycenaeans, the Arabs, the Byzantines, the Knights of the Templar, the Ottomans and the Italians. Visitors to the island can go through thousands of years of history and uncover evidence of the influence exerted by different civilisations, evident in the island’s impressive monuments as well as local traditions.
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THE THERMAL SPRINGS OF KALLITHEA
Located on the eastern part of the island, 9 km from the city of Rhodes, Kallithea offers a unique combination of nature, architecture and history. The scenic springs of Kallithea were known to have a therapeutic action against many diseases. Next to the monument, you can enjoy the crystal clear waters which are perfect for swimming and of course the stunning and scenic bay.
Did you know that …Specially designed rooms host periodical exhibitions of contemporary art, while there is a permanent photography exhibition that depicts Kallithea Springs through the years. Also a number of cultural and artistic events take place in the area.
THE PRESERVED SETTLEMENT OF LINDOS VILLAGE
On the southeastern side of the island lies the picturesque village of Lindos with the narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses of red tile and painted ceilings, and the beautiful pebble courtyards. In the village, which has been declared a national historic landmark, cars or motorcycles are not allowed. On a bare rock that rises from the sea at an altitude of 116 meters, visitors can see the Acropolis of Lindos with the sanctuary of Athena Lindia, dated back to the 4th century, the Propylaea with the Hellenistic Stoa and the Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis.
THE ANCIENT CITY OF KAMIROS
Ancient Kamiros, along with Ialyssos and Lindos, was one of the three ancient cities of the island and an important trading centre, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic era. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the ruins of the Hellenistic- Roman city of Kamiros, parts of its houses and buildings and the main road of the city, the ancient Agora, the Doric temple, arches of the Hellenistic temple, as well as the ruins of the aqueduct and parts of the Temple of Athena.
Did you know that… Kamiros was discovered in 1929, during excavations carried out in the area, and is built, without fortifications, on a cliff overlooking the sea.
Visit the ruins of the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes and marvel at the well-preserved antiquity, the sanctuaries, the large temples, the public buildings and the underground places of worship. Tour the restored ancient stadium of Diagoras which looks stunning in the sunset. Next to the stadium, there is a small marble theatre that hosts musical and theatrical performances, like it did in ancient times. On top of the hill, rests the Acropolis of ancient Rhodes, where you can see the ruins of the temple of Apollo and traces of the temples of Athena and Zeus.
OLD TOWN RHODES
Rhodes Old Town (or “Palaia Poli” as locals call it) is the best preserved medieval city in Europe, and is justly included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This beautifully preserved town is a unique example of architectural artistry and history; walk along the medieval buildings; the Grand Masters Palace, the magnificent old buildings, the cobbled streets, wandering from arch to arch; see the minarets rising to the sky, the houses with the flowering balconies, the emblems of great chivalry. Rhodes Old Town is a true mosaic of ages and cultural influences that traces back to half a thousand years of history.
Given that Rhodes has always been a crossroads of cultures, local cuisine is enriched with tastes and scents derived from Asia, Europe and Africa. Based mostly on wheat and olive oil, local food draws on the natural produce of the land, the livestock and the island’s fisheries. Today Rhodian cuisine offers a great variety of delights, known as “mezethes”, which draw on local ingredients from the land (i.e. arugula, avocado and tarragon) or the sea, and on inspired cooking techniques of meat and poultry. Rhode’s cuisine is by far the most unique, as it offers an exceptional combination of tastes and aromas.
SHOPPING IN RHODES
In the centre of the Town of Rhodes, visitors can enjoy shopping. The small markets offer a wide range of products suitable for everyone’s taste; from branded products like jewellery, silver, luxury garments, to footwear, cosmetics and household items. Visitors may also choose to buy ceramic products, handmade leather sandals and linen. After shopping, visitors can just relax at any of the scenic cafes along the way
Faliraki offers a wide range of entertainment for all. Nightlife is famous all over the island, since it can satisfy everyone’s taste and preference. Most bars, restaurants, shopping centres, clothing stores and jewellers are located on Ermou Street, which leads to the beach, while there is a train that goes around the village. In Faliraki, you also get to do water sports at the impressive water park, engage in karting, sky surfing and bungee jumping, and get to enjoy the amusement park, play mini-football, join the many different clubs… anything to keep you energetic and excited. And to end an amazing day, take a swim in the beautiful waters.
Beautiful Beaches of Rhodes
According to locals, Glistra is the best beach in Rhodes. That stunning small bay rests between two green hills and offers a remarkable combination of golden sand and clear turquoise waters. Glistra is located 11 km from the town of Lindos to the south. Come early to reserve your place in the sun. There is also Agios Pavlos which is one of the most exotic beaches of the Aegean, combining turquoise waters with fine sand and rocks, making it an ideal spot for diving and snorkelling.
Another beach is Vlycha which is an ideal beach for those who prefer free beaches to organised ones. Vlycha which remains largely untouched offers an amazingly beautiful natural landscape, though chairs and umbrellas occupy a part of it. Small white pebbles and crystal clear waters further complement the picture.