Rhodes Island, Greece – The Pearl of the Mediterranean
The island of Rhodes, is the largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago and is located in the southeast of the Aegean Sea and very close to the coast of Turkey. It has 220 kilometers of coastline, with a transparent, crystalline sea and is one of the warmest in Greece.
In Rhodes you can visit archaeological sites, ancient churches, traditional villages, museums, art galleries, natural parks, so Rhodes is full of tourist attractions to enjoy.
Rhodes and its archeology
In Rhodes you can visit the ruins of three great cities, which are the state of Ilyssos, Kamiros and Lindos, which influenced the history of ancient Greece. The citadel of Lindos deserves special attention, for its courtyards made of sea rocks and full of flowers, alleys in the form of labyrinths and its white houses with flat roofs.
The Knights of the Order of Saint John, when they conquered Rhodes, built, among other works, the fabulous “Old City”.
Later, the Turks created great examples of Arab architecture such as the minaret of the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.
In 1912 Italian troops occupied some islands in the Aegean Sea, including Rhodes, and remained until the end of World War II. In this stage, works were carried out such as palaces typical of the architecture of fascism.
The city of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, as its medieval old town is one of the best preserved in the world. Bordered by imposing walls that were built between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
Walking through its narrow streets transports you back in time, and in the Middle Ages itself.
In this city it is worth visiting one of the most beautiful buildings, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.
The Valley of the Butterflies
One of the most visited attractions is the natural park of the capital. Petaloudes is a unique nature reserve because from spring to autumn, butterflies of a specific species, attracted by the resin of the trees, arrive to reproduce every year.
With its more than 200 kilometers of coastline, we can find all kinds of beaches: sandy, rocky, or stone.
The beaches of the city of Rhodes, those of Faliraki, Kolybia, Tsambika or those of Lindos to name a few, are beaches where you can enjoy its crystal clear and warm waters. Mainly the beaches can be divided into the beaches that are more sheltered from the wind, which are usually sandy, and those on the west coast, which are rockier and windier, making them perfect for practicing water activities such as surfing or kitesurfing.
Having such a large extension of beaches, despite tourism, you can always find a beach with fewer people to relax and enjoy this wonderful landscape.