Rhodes

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Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese. Its capital city which is 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.

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.

The Colossus of Rhodes, which is familiar to almost everyone, from its building to its destruction, lies a time span of merely 56 years. Yet the Colossus earned a place in the famous list of Wonders. The Colossus of Rhodes was not only a gigantic statue but it was a symbol of unity of the people who inhabited this beautiful Mediterranean island of Rhodes. Unfortunately due a very large earthquake in 226BC, the city was badly damaged and the Colossus was destroyed at it’s weakest point – the knee.

Today Rhodes offers an enormous variety of colours and forms, various activities as well as exquisite sightseeing tours. It is surrounded by marvellous beaches where one can take a swim to cool off before visiting the town of Rhodes with it’s modern buildings, picturesque neighbourhoods and imposing medieval edifices which are all swamped in greenery. The town itself has streets that are lined with trees giving a sense of coolness that can rarely be found. Vegetation even grows up as far as the walls of the castle, and the numerous palm trees allow you to experience a hint of a tropical island!

The Medieval Town of Rhodes also known as the Old Town, you will definitely enjoy one of the most interesting walks on the island. When you approach the walls of the Old Town of Rhodes, you are about to enter the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. Do not be misled by the term “medieval” into thinking that what you will see, is a ruined and deserted city. The total opposite applies! During the day, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of locals as well as tourists enjoying their shopping or dinning in taverns with outstanding Greek local dishes. In the evening the stores remain open until the late hours but the nightlife begins as the various sounds can be heard form the many local bars and clubs that come to life.

Rhodes Island of today, with its 2400 years of history, is a city that impresses and fascinates its visitors as well as its locals. Its medieval aspect, fortified behind an impressive wall, merges harmoniously with the enriched cosmopolitan air of numerous modern resorts, luxurious hotels, broad avenues, upmarket stores, offers one of the highest developed tourism infrastructures in Greece!!!

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