The island of the Knights - A
Voyage Back In Time!
Welcome to Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese. With
its bright green hills, rich green valleys and
uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a
blessed place and is the perfect holiday destination.
Thanks to its strategic position, Rhodes has been
important since ancient times. The ancient city of
Rhodes, the construction of which began in 407 BC, was
designed according to the city planning system devised
by the greatest city planner of antiquity, Hippodamus of
Miletus. Rhodes soon developed into one of the most
important seafaring and trading centers in the Eastern
Mediterranean. When it became a province of the Roman,
and later the Byzantine Empire, it initially lost its
ancient glory. But in 1309 the Knights of Saint John of
Jerusalem conquered Rhodes. They built strong
fortifications to protect the island, turning it into an
important administrative center and a thriving
multinational medieval city. In 1523 Rhodes was
conquered by the Ottoman Turks, and the Greeks had to
settle outside the city walls. In 1912 Rhodes and the
rest of the Dodecanese, were seized by the Italians. The
new rulers embellished the city with magnificent
buildings, wide roads and squares. The Palace of the
Grand Master was rebuilt and the Street of the Knights
was reconstructed in order to regain its medieval
purity. In 1988 the Medieval City of Rhodes was listed
as a UNESCO World Heritage site Old Town
As you enter one of the largest medieval towns in Europe
through the Gate of Freedom, it soon becomes obvious
that the Old Town of Rhodes is a mosaic of different
cultures and civilizations.
The cobblestoned Street of the Knights, one of the best
preserved medieval streets in Europe, is packed with
medieval inns that used to play host to the soldiers of
the Order of the Knights.
Outside the walls of the Old Town lies the “new” city,
with its magnificent Venetian, neoclassic and modern
buildings. A stroll around Mandráki, the small marina
with the Rhodian deer statues at its entrance and the
surrounding windmills, is an experience. Enjoy the sun
and the sea at cosmopolitan Elli beach where you will
find the beautifully renovated historic Grande Albergo
delle Rose, which today operates as a Casino. A visit to
the Aquarium, one of the most important marine research
centres in Greece, is a must! In the underground
aquarium, reminiscent of an underwater cave, the visitor
can see many of the species living in the Aegean.
On the other side of the city you can visit Rodíni Park,
a true paradise with many peacocks, streams and paths
amidst oleander bushes, cypress, maple and pine trees.
Rodini is said to be the site of the famous School of
Rhetoric, where prominent Greeks and Romans, including
Julius Caesar, Cato the Younger, Cicero, Pompey, Brutus,
Cassius and Marc Anthony, studied. Saint Stefanos Hill
(known as Monte Smith) marks the site of the Acropolis,
one of the most important centers of worship, education
and recreation in ancient times on Rhodes. At the top of
the hill you will find the remains of the Temple of
Apollo, a Hellenistic stadium and a gymnasium.
Around the island there is Kallithéa, a cosmopolitan
holiday resort. In Kallithéa the main attraction is the
Roman baths – a unique example of orientalised Art Deco
from 1929 – and the long sandy beach of Faliráki. Today
Ialissós is a popular cosmopolitan resort; its beach is
a favourite destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing and
sailing enthusiasts. In the verdant area of Afándou you
can play golf on a modern 18-hole golf course that is
open all year round and attracts golf enthusiasts from
all over the world!
The area of Petaloudes (meaning Butterflies) includes
the villages of Kremastí, Paradísi and Theológos.
However, the most fascinating and popular attraction of
the region is the Valley of the Butterflies, a habitat
of unique value for the reproduction of the Panaxia
Quadripunctaria butterfly. Admire an atmosphere of
incomparable beauty with lush vegetation and streams as
you stroll along cleverly laid paths. Also well worth a
visit in the Valley is the Museum of Natural History.
Visit Kámiros: witch was one of the three most powerful
cities of ancient Rhodes and flourished during the 6th
and 5th century BC. The ancient city-state of Lindos:
witch was one of the three major towns of ancient Rhodes
thanks to its great naval power.
boats can travel you to the Rhodes Island of The Knights and any other
island or beautiful beach you want. You can travel to
the Aegean Sea and feel its aura, you can hear the
waves’ whispers telling you tales about the pirates.
Hellas Yachting also recommend you the accommodation
that we have chosen especially for you.