Rhodes Island  

Rhodes: 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.
Hellas Yachting's 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. source: visitgreece.gr

 
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