The island of Rhodes is located at the crossroads of two major sea routes of the Mediterranean between the Aegean Sea and the coast of the Middle East, as well as Cyprus and Egypt. The meeting point of three continents, it has known many civilizations.
Throughout its long history the different people who settled on Rhodes left their mark in all aspects of the island’s culture: art, language, architecture. Its strategic position brought to the island great wealth and made the city of Rhodes one of the leading cities of the ancient Greek world.
Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese. Its capital city, located at its northern tip, is the capital of the Prefecture with the Medieval Town in its centre. In 1988 the Medieval Town was designated as a World Heritage City. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is the result of different architectures belonging to various historic eras, predominantly those of the Knights of St. John.
Places to visit:
- Afandou – One of the big villages on the island. The golf course of Rhodes is situated in this area along with a long beach
- Archangelos or (Arhangelos) – The second largest town on the island
- Asklipio – inland village, site of an old church and a castle
- Faliraki – Rhodes’ action resort. Go there to party, everything else is better somewhere else. The hotels north from Faliraki are much quieter. Hotels near the water park do not interest clubbers, and are really family friendly. Nice beaches, a lot less winds than on the west coast and really good public transport.
- Gennadi Around 64 km from Rhodes Old Town and nearby to Prasonisi, attracts several keen surfers. Among the last unspoiled stretches of coastline left on Rhodes.
- Haraki (Charaki) – Small former fishing village located next to Lindos. A chain of restaurants surrounds an enclosed beach.
- Ialysos – Blue waters, a seemingly endless organized beach, big hotel complexes as well as smaller friendly ones, shops of all kinds, and many night-clubs. The ideal conditions of the region, important international windsurfing competitions often take place here.
- Ixia – West coast resorts, close to Paradisi and Tholos, nearby to the airport and Rhodes city.
- Kalithea – snorkeling and resort hotels.
- Laerma – inland village near some monuments, contains a few restaurants, inland from Lindos via Lardos. This village has been continuously inhabited since the Pre-Hellenic period. the Monastery Taxiarchis Michail is 4km southwest of Laerma and is the largest monastery on Rhodes
- Lardos – the market square of that town has restaurants and shops, nearby to Lindos.
- Lindos – Picturesque village, site of important ancient acropolis.
- Pefkos – A smaller tourist resourt close to Lindos. Originally started as a small collection of farms and private residences, but has grown into a town in its own right.
- Rhodes city – The biggest city on the island and seat of the local government
- Theologos or (Tholos)- A traditional village