Confined to eastern Greece and not far from Asia Minor, the island of Rhodes, from which you can clearly see the north coast of Turkey, is the jewel of the Dodecanese pearls: the region of twelve islands according to etymology. Rhodes enjoys a mild, Mediterranean-type climate and lush green vegetation, compared to its neighbours in the Cyclades. Depending on the season, you can admire the mountain's wild roses, the conifer trees, the eucalyptus and the olive trees (which are in abundance!) and you can breathe in the fragrance of thyme, oregano, brooms and oleanders. A full tour of the island, which stretches 37 miles from north to south and half of that in width, is easily achievable in two days by car.
On the northern tip of the island, a few hundred cable lengths off the coast of Turkey, you will find the Medieval town of Rhodes, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The greatest gift from Zeus to his son Helios, Rhodes has accumulated 4,500 years of heritage from different civilisations. In addition to the Greeks, the Romans, the Persians and the Italians have also left their mark here and this is particularly evident on the northern tip, in the city of Rhodes, one of the oldest Medieval cities still to be inhabited in Europe. The legend of the huge Colossus (under which the boats of Mandraki sailed), its ramparts and its architecture reflect the successive cultural influence on the city from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Do not miss taking a stroll along the old port and passing the Marine Gate, the most beautiful gate in the stone walls that surround the historic centre. From there, walk along the cobbled streets and pop into all the different types of shops. At nightfall, all the bars, restaurants and clubs which are converted period Italian residences and Neo-Greek style hotels, come to life. The multi-coloured lights arranged in the cobbled pedestrian streets, in the squares, courtyards and vaults give the island a unique and timeless look. At the Grand Masters Palace, a sound and light show tells the epic history of the knights of the Middle Ages, and it takes place every day from May to October (price £1.50).
Also worth seeing: the street of the Knights, Mandraki and its marina, the view from the Acropolis on the heights of Mount Smith, the beach stretching from "Elli" to Farapoula, the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Popular Art, the Pinacoteca and the Aquarium.The thousands of small churches and picturesque villages should also not be overlooked, particularly for their stunning views. The breathtaking view from the chapel of Kyra Panayia to Tsambika on the west coast of the island, which overlooks a beautiful fine sand beach and surrounding villages, is just one example among so many others. In the summer, the people of Rhodes flock to the beach to take advantage of this stretch of sand, and it is very crowded on the weekend. There is a reason for this though; it is unique for this island as it mostly has pebble beaches.
For those who enjoy water sports such as windsurfing, the melthemi wind (equivalent to a mistral wind), which blows on all Greek islands, is particularly generous on the west coast. The island of Prasonissi on the southern tip is also the venue for surfboarders and surfers, so get on your boards!
The lovely people of Rhodes are proud of their island, welcoming to visitors and always ready and willing to help others. It is not surprising then that Rhodes initially belonged to Zeus Xenios, the spirit of hospitality...
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Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).
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High air temperature (>24°C), pleasant to high sea temperature (between 22°C and 24°C), moderate to strong winds (between 12 mph and 18 mph).
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