Rhodes or Rodos, Greece is the Crusader Isle, steeped in ancient history and boasting 300 days of blue skies each year. It lies at the southern end of the Dodecanese chain of islands that follows the line of the Aegean coast
It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean and has been for many years, attracting relentless and overwhelming waves of visitors from March to November.
Its most popular resorts, such as Faliraki, are now totally devoted to package tourism and nurture an insatiable avarice in the islanders that only an unending supply of cash-spending gullible foreigners can sustain Anyone is search of goatherds and fishing villages has come to the wrong place.
The most popular beaches on Rhodes lie along the north and east coastlines.
To the north are high-rise conference complexes of glass and steel towering over narrow strips of shingle and buffeted by the northern winds.
Down the east coast, from Rhodes to Lindos, are grim and replicated rows of cement fun palaces. Only south of Lindos do the crowds thin out, though hotel complexes and modern apartments are still much in evidence.
The hilly interior and the wild west coast offer the visitor find a more authentic glimpse of a Greek island
What to See
The Medieval City of Rhodes and the Palace of Grand Masters within it. (World Heritage)
Simply fascinating, the old town carries twenty four centuries of history and is the largest living medieval town in Europe. Over 5000 habitants live and work in the same buildings in which the Knights of St. John lived six centuries ago.
This is where Medieval walls, the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Street of the Knights, Mosques and water fountains, Byzantine and Gothic Churches blend perfectly with bustling shops, restaurants and cafeterias. Thousands of fascinated tourists wonder around the streets of the old town all day long. Life continues in the streets of the old town (mainly Sokratous st) even till late at night where night bars are packed mainly by locals and Italians.
Recently restructured to resemble what it originally looked like when its waters were thought to carry therapeutical properties, this picturesque anchorage surrounded by pine trees, provides both an archaeological site of remarkable interest as well as magnificent scenery ideal for swimming and relaxing. A popular cafeteria with refreshments and light snacks operates all day, while there is also a diving school on site for those interested in exploring its fascinating sea world.
Acropolis of Rhodes (Temple of Apollo) – Monte Smith hill
The panoramic view of the city of Rhodes and the Aegean Sea is simply breathtaking. Unbeatable for a romantic evening stroll, the sunset at Monte smith is probably as good as it gets. The view extends over the sea across to the Turkish coast.
The Green and beautifully laid out archaeological park contains the Hellenistic stadium, built in the 3rd century BC, where the Athletic events of the Aleia Games took place.
Lindos Village (and Acropolis)
The lovely village of Lindos is one of the most attractive and beautiful villages of Rhodes, and is located south of the capital, on the eastern coast of the island, at a distance of 50km from the city of Rhodes. Beautiful scenery, a lively traditional village, colours and atmosphere of another era and traditional white houses in absolute semmetry attract thousands of visitors each year. The paths of the village are filled with fine restaurants, bars and interesting gift shops. Overlooking Lindos bay and the Aegean Sea stands the famous Acropolis of Lindos and the remains of Lyndia Athenas’ temple.
‘’Epta piges’’ (seven springs) lies on the way to Archipolis Village. It is a valley flowing with clear springs and covered with enormous plane and pine trees. One of the most charming destinations on Rhodes, Seven Springs offers a cool, peaceful landscape, even in the heat of high summer, swamped in greenery.
Waters come out from the springs all year around to form a small lake accessible through a narrow tunnel of 186cm. Definitely recommended if visiting Rhodes during a heat wave.
Filerimos is a hill 15 km away from Rhodes-town. The upper part of Filerimos is a large plateau and most of the buildings are found on the eastern side. They include the foundations of a temple, an Early Christian basilica and a Byzantine church which was destroyed during Turkish occupation and rebuilt by the Italians. A cobbled walkway leads you through the tree lined avenue to a large Cross where overwhelming panoramic views stretch out around your feet.
More information on Rhodes islands at: www.rhodes.gr