Rhodes is the largest of the
Dodecanese islands and one of the largest in the Aegean sea. It
is situated approximately 17.7 km from the coast of Turkey. The
population is c. 130.000, of which approximately 60-70.000
reside in the city of Rhodes. Rhodes is called by the locals the
Rose of the Aegean and deserves its name because it is one of
the most beautiful of the Greek islands.
Rhodes has the oldest tourist
history of all the islands of Greece and is famous all over
the world. This wonderful Greek island, together with the
islands of Kos, Crete, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu, attracts
the most tourism in Greece.
The island of Rhodes has an
excellent tourist infrastructure, with modern Hotels of every
category. During the summer, hundreds of charter flights land at
Rhodes airport in Maritsa.
Rhodes town is separated by the big
medieval wall into the
new town and the old town. The old town
is gorgeous, with its medieval castles, houses and streets.
At the harbour the visitor can find Mandraki, with its circular Market and the Cafes at the
seafront. Further on are the Art Deco buildings of the
Metropolis from the times of the Italian occupation. At the
entrance of the harbour are the famous two columns with the two
Deer at the place where the colossus of Rhodes was supposed to
The ancient city of Lindos is
another of the main attractions of the island.
Major national, European and world
congresses are held on Rhodes each year. All congress facilities
ranging from ancient theatres to the medieval palace, or
ultra-modern buildings meet the necessary operating and
To the southwest lie the
islets of Karavolas and Ktenies, with wild natural beauty, while
to the west is a group of islets in the triangle formed by
Alimia - Halki - Rhodes. The islets of Makri, Strongyli and
Strongylo lie off Rhodes' western coast.
location of Rhodes: The
wonderful island of Rhodes, as one can see on a map of Greece,
is located in the south east Aegean, in the Dodecanese, south of
Kos and east of Karpathos. Very near to the northeast part of
the island is the coast of Asia Minor.
Map of Rhodes
A pdf tour of Rhodes