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Rhodes is a medieval treasure that has been beautifully preserved over the centuries. Wander around the magnificent Old Town, surrounded by medieval walls with seven gates, and admire the Palace of the Grand Master, the most inspiring building on the whole island. Take a romantic stroll around the famous Street of the Knights and feel like a warrior or a noble princess.

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The rich history of Rhodes is visible in every corner of the island since each conqueror who passed through it left behind a characteristic feature. The island experienced particular prosperity in the 4th cent. BC when the famous Colossus was erected, a work by Chares of Lindos, pupil of Lysippus. After the disastrous earthquake in 155 AD, Persians, Arabs, Saracens and Seljuks settled on the island, and in 1309, the Knights of St John arrived and renovated the castle, making it into a fortification unique in Europe.
The Old Town of Rhodes is dominated by the Palace of the Grand Master (14th cent.), or Castello, one of the first buildings constructed by the knights. The famous Street of the Knights has been restored faithfully to its medieval form. Along it were the homes of those who belonged to the Order of the Knights of Saint John.
In the Archaeological and the Byzantine Museums there are finds and heirlooms that testify to the island’s rich history.
Ialysos (or Trianta) is today among the most popular and cosmopolitan resorts on the island, with ultra modern hotels and vivid nightlife. The acropolis of Ialysos was the homeland of the Olympic victor Diagoras and one of the three most powerful cities of ancient Rhodes, together with Lindos and Kameiros.
Aphantou, a settlement with typical island architecture and a superb beach, is famous for its ultra modern golf course that operates all year round. Near the village is Kolympia, the seaside settlement with the famous Eucalyptus Street, planted with trees of the same name by the Italians.
Archangelos is the largest town on the island to have been inhabited since the Mycenaean period. At the foot of the castle, around the church of Michael the Archangel, is the traditional settlement with its multi-coloured old houses.
Kameiros was one of three ancient cities of Rhodes. Its ruins have been preserved to this day on a verdant archaeological site. In the surrounding region, traditional villages such as Soroni (with a beach of the same name) and Salakos are ideal destinations for nature-lovers, owing to its rich vegetation and many springs.
The highest mountain on Rhodes, the imposing Attavyros with its green foothills and rocky peak, overlooks the semi-mountainous villages of the region. Climbing to the peak offers anyone who attempts it, apart from a revitalizing walk, a fantastic view of the entire island.
In southern Rhodes, nature is revealed in all its grandeur: vast seashores appear, from Kiotari and Gennadi to Lahania, Plimmri and Prasonisi, a favorite site for devotees of wind and kite surfing. Here, life moves peacefully, far from the tension of the city and noisy tourist resorts.
Lindos was a rich, powerful city-state in antiquity, which is reflected to this day in its imposing acropolis, perched on a high rock. When one arrives in Lindos, one is certainly impressed by the panorama of the village at the foot of the rock, a traditional settlement with white houses, mansions, churches and cobbled lanes. On the ancient acropolis there are monuments from antiquity, Byzantium and the era of the knights, which coexist with stately walls and a superb view of the sea. Lindos is famous for its beaches, blue water and infrastructure for sea sports.

Source: www.rodosisland.gr