Rhodes, the Island of Knights

The capital of the Dodecanese with its pine and cypress trees, golden sandy beaches, the largest and best-preserved medieval town in the world, and the enchanting valley with butterflies that captivates all visitors!

It perhaps enjoys one of the best Mediterranean climates with continuous sunshine for over 300 days a year. According to myth, it was the island gifted by Zeus to the God Helios.

Significant landmarks on the island include Lindos, which is one of the major areas of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Rhodes is an island of Greece located in the southeastern Aegean Sea. It is situated approximately 350 kilometers southeast of Athens and 18 kilometers southwest of Turkey.

With an area of 1,400.684 square kilometers, it is the largest island in the Dodecanese, the fourth-largest in the country, and the ninth-largest in the Mediterranean.

To the west, it is bathed by the Aegean Sea, and to the east, by the Lycian Sea. It has a coastline length of 253 kilometers, and its highest point is the summit of Mount Attavyros, at an altitude of 1,215 meters.

According to the 2011 census, the population of the island amounts to 115,490 inhabitants, making Rhodes the third most populous Greek island.

At the northeastern tip of the island lies its capital, the city of Rhodes, which, with a population of approximately 55,000 residents, constitutes the largest settlement.

Within the city limits of Rhodes, you will find the Medieval Town of Rhodes, or Old Town, as the locals call it, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.

Within the walls of the Old Town are notable monuments from the Byzantine era, the period of Ottoman rule, and the Italian period, with the imposing Palace of the Grand Master being the most prominent.

To the northwest and about 12 kilometers from the city lies the Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras," which serves as the main gateway for visitors to the island, consistently ranking fourth in arrivals at the national level.

Furthermore, the fact that visitors arriving on the island by cruise ships number in the tens of thousands each year demonstrates that Rhodes is an internationally recognized tourist destination of particular importance to the Greek economy.

Rhodes is renowned for:

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Its beaches; Saint Paul's Bay in Lindos has been distinguished as one of the top 10 in Europe.
  • Its wines; Rhodian winemaking has received numerous international awards, with the village of Embonas having a special tradition.
  • Its figs, famous since antiquity.
  • Its thyme honey production.
  • Its ancient maritime tradition; the Rhodians were unparalleled seafarers and shipbuilders. The so-called Rhodian Maritime Law formed the basis of Roman maritime law.
  • The skill of the ancient Rhodian slingers.
  • The Ephorate of Municipal Police; the city of Rhodes was the first in Greece to establish such a force in 1996.
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