||Tour of Rhodes
Rhodes an island to explore!
By entering these pages, you will realise that the attraction of the
island of Rhodes is not due exclusively to its bright sunshine
and crystal-clear sea. The visitor is also impressed by the
constant variation of the landscape, the unique variety which
characterises the natural environment of this place, but also
by the oppurtunity which it gives to get to know the island's
rich history by visits to its monuments, which date from every
The city of
Rhodes... ...cosmopolitan and modern, but also romantic.
To get to
the centre of town, you have to pass through Mandraki with its
crowded marina. You will walk in the shade of imposing Italian Buildings and
of modern Greek mansions. You will sense the history of this
city through the variety of the architecture of its buildings.
When you come to the northernmost point of the city and of the
island, at the Aquarium, your walk can conclude with a
refreshing dip from the beach which stretches from the
"Elli" to "Psaropoula", or with some
shopping in the market. From the top of Monte Smith - the hill which ruins of the
ancient acropolis, the Temple of Apollo and the ancient
stadium - the whole city, spread all around, amid its seas and
its winds, can be seen sparkling in the sun. The visitor takes
it all in with the eye as far as the superb natural park of
Rodini, an ideal spot for recreation and the modern sports
centre at Karakonero, on the opposite shore. On the other side, the panoramic view of the Gulf of Ixia
brings a sense of peace and calm. When night comes with its
own enchanting colours and the mood has changed, there is
something for everyone: the host of places of entertainment,
each with its own style, promise evenings to remember.
town of Rhodes... ...monument of world cultural heritage.
In the medieval town of Rhodes, the city of the Knights of the Order
of St. John, you feel that time has stopped in another age.
The Street of the Knights climbs to the Palace of the Grand
Master, strikingly dominant. You follow the paved alleys, under
gateways and colonnades, through squares and obscure
courtyards, next to impregnable walls and Byzantine churches.
You feel that you are living in the troubled past of this
place, but at the same time you discover that this city, still
inhabited, with its lively commercial activity, the
Archaeological Museum, the Art Gallery, the Museum of Folk Art
and its night life, is very much alive in the present. This fascinating combination of yesterday and today charms
visitors and brings home to them the uniqueness of the largest
living medieval town in Europe.
Ialysos... ...with the cooling sea breeze for company.
arms of the Bay of Ialysos make an ideal holiday resort. The
hospitality here is as pleasing as the breeze from the open
sea which reaches the balconies of the modern hotels, with
their guarantee of high-quality holidays. The sea is a
challenge to water sports fanatics and an ivitation to those
who simply want to relax in the enjoyment of its refreshing
coolness. Not far from the sea is the Municipality of Ialysos,
where accommodation can be found in small family hotels with
full facilities. The verdant hill of Filerimos, with the remains of
the ancient Acropolis of Ialysos and the Monastery of Our
Lady, dominates the area and is ideal for pleasant walks, a
place where you can enjoy a panoramic view and the magnificent
colours of the sunset. And when the sun stops scattering its
warmth, the possibilities for entertainment along the seafront
avenue are unlimited.
Rhodes... ...from the coast to the magic of inland Rhodes.
many surprises awaiting the visitor to this part of Rhodes. As
you drop down towards the south, in the Kalamonas area you can
visit the Valley of The Butterflies, the unique habitat of the
butterfly Panaxia Quadripunctaria. Among the ruins of Ancient
Kamiros you can listen to the sounds of the troubled, but
glorious, past of the island. Changing mood, you can enjoy
fresh fish and shellfish in one of the little tavernas at
Skala Kamirou, or try traditional appetisers at Embona, a
large village famed for the quality of its wine, in the shadow
of Attavyros, the island's highest mountain. From there, following an enchanting route through a dense pine
wood, you reach Profitis Ilias, with all embracing views out
to sea. It is also well worth visiting the folklore museums in
the villages of Apollona and Kritinia and calling in at Aghios
Isidoros and Sianna, villages well known for the souma drink
and their herbs.
Reni... ...unlimited choices by the sea.
If we leave
the city of Rhodes by the main road to Faliraki, we come to
the village of Koskinou, which wins you with the picturesque
colourfulness of its folk architecture. Going down to the sea, we come to the medicinal baths of
Kallithea, which were functioning during the time of Italian
Rule. The buildings, the sea and the palm trees make up a
scene from the cinema. A visit to this attractive spot can be
combined with a relaxing swim, or even with diving lessons. If we continue south, we come to
Faliraki, one of the most popular holiday resorts on the
island, on the very water's edge and bathed in sunlight. On
its vast golden beach you can give yourself up to the enjoyment of the
blue waters and the caress of the hot sun, The pleasures of
the place are not continued to the morning hours: the night
life at Faliraki offers a great variety of choices - the
pleasure of a good meal in one of the many little tavernas
along the beach, the exciting rhythms of the bars and discos,
the serenity of a walk by night beside the unruffled sea.
Kolymbia, Archangelos... ...the peace of boundless seashores.
The climb to
the Monastery of Our Lady Tsambika may be tiring, but from up
there the view of the beauty of this part of the island will
take your breath away: to the north of the faint outline of the vast beach of Afandou can just be
made out, with its golf course nearby. The village of Afandou,
with its low white houses, has kept its own individual
character and its residents their natural spontaneity. Further
south Kolymbia can be seen, with its own golden sand and
blue-green waters. The little town nearby, glittering in the
sun, is Arhangelos. Further inland, the green hills of the
Seven Springs stand out - a place of peace and coolness, where
visitors discover, in the shade of its imposing plane trees,
to the music of its flowing water, another side of the
unspoilt natural beauty of Rhodes.
...traditional island architecture.
powerful maritime city in antiquity, is considered today, together with the neighbouring Kalathos,
Vlicha, Pefki, Pylona and Lardos, one of the most attractive
resorts of the island, a happy mariage of the beauties of
nature with its cultural heritage. Its houses, perched on the
hillsides, stand out in dazzling white against the blue
background of sky and sea. A walk among its narrow paved
streets reveals the austere beauty of the traditional island
architecture and winding alleys bring you imperceptibly to the ancient acropolis, witness to the
troubled history of this place. From this high vantage point,
the sea spreads out before you to the grey line of the
horizon. The seashore round about, golden in the light of the
sun, completes the magic of the landscape. And when the sun
sinks into the waters of the Aegean, nights of enchantment
Rhodes... ...the Rhodian nature: serene and unspoilt.
same blue of the sky of Rhodes, but different, untouched
still, with its own atmosphere, the southern part of the
island lies in wait for visitors, to delight them with its own
special charms. In its hospitable small villages the people
know how to enjoy life with simplicity and verve and how to keep alive their age-old traditions. This region of
Rhodes has retained its beauty untouched: low green mountains
and shady woods make up pictures which calm the senses.
Deserted chapels, monasteries and medieval castles, like those
of Asklipios and Monolithos perched on their imposing rock,
add another dimension to the landscape. And in the end there is always the
sea:little hidden and deserted coves alternate with boundless
stretches of golden beach, from Kiotari to Gennadi and from
Lachania to the southernmost tip of the island - Prasonisi, a
veritable paradise for windsurfing.