The Island of RhodesRhodes is situated at the south Aegean in Mediterranean Sea and is the third largest of the Greek islands. The island has fabulous beaches ,fine weather ( the best sunshine record in Greece ), friendly people and fantastic scenery. Being at the meeting point of three continents ( Europe Asia and Africa ), combines the worldliness of Europe with the mystery of orient.
This geographical position has been a contributory factor in the development of the island. Ancient cities, a medieval town with its castle ,small villages and beaches are all found on Rhodes. It is one of the most developed islands in the Mediterranean and provides visitors with every holiday amenity including large and modern hotels of international standards, yachting ,harbor ,golf court ,entertaining night life ,casino and sport facilities. The international airport of Rhodes connects the island with direct flights to major international cities and other Aegean islands.
Weather of Rhodes
Places to visit
The hill is named for the English Admiral Sir Sidney Smith ,who used the site as a lookout post for keeping watch on Napoleon’s fleet ,during the French war with the Turks. As stands to reason ,the view is superb. We can gaze out over the town and the castle, the nearby islands and the coast of Turkey. The best time to go is in the evening, towards sun set ,when the sun sinking in a blaze of crimson makes a spectacle not to be missed.
A visit to Lindos is an unforgettable experience.
The atmosphere of the village ,whether you enjoy it from high on the acropolis with its view over the ocean, the island and the two natural harbors ,or in its narrow lanes with their taste of the old culture of the Aegean ,provides an incomparable rest from the rush and bustle of the “civilization”.
The peak of Mt. Filerimos was the site of the acropolis of Ialysos and it was used by both Byzantines and Knights for military purposes. The hill itself takes its name from a monk who arrived here in the 13th century bearing an icon of Our Lady painted ,as tradition goes, by St Luke. The chapel he built later became a full-scale basilica and on top of that ,the Knights built a monastery of Our Lady in the 15th century.
Valley of Butterflies
A green streambed, which, as you will see ,has ample reason for attracting the thousands of visitors who come to see it each year. The butterflies are present from June to September ,and belong to the species “Callimorpha Quadripunctaria”. They live wherever they can find the storax (Liquidibar Orientalis) trees with their characteristic strong scent ,produced by a kind of resin.
The medieval Town, The Castle
The Old Town of Rhodes is a bustling neighborhood of some 5.000 people, who live and work in the same buildings in which the Knights of St John lived six centuries ago. As a living monument to the past it must be nearly unique in Europe ,if not the world. Step back in time as you walk on the castle walls in the Old Town of Rhodes.