Welcome to Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese,
an island which is ideal not only for those who want
to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed
holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys
and uninterrupted line of golden beaches,
Rhodes is truly a blessed place. Add in the excellent
facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of
cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural
and archaeological sites and you’ve got the perfect
A stroll around Mandráki, the small marina
with the Rhodian deer statues at its entrance
and the surrounding windmills, is an
experience not to be missed.
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of Rhodes is familiar to almost everyone.
Its history begins with the siege of Demetrios Poliorketes,
successor of Alexander the Great, in 305 BC. When
Demetrios was defeated, he abandoned all his siege
machinery on Rhodes. The Rhodians decided to express
their pride by building a triumphal statue of their
favourite god, Helios. The task was assigned to the
sculptor Chares of Lindos, a pupil of Lysippos himself,
and twelve years (from 304 to 292 BC) were needed
to complete it.
From its building to its destruction lies a time span of
merely 56 years. Yet the Colossus earned a place in
the famous list of Wonders. "But even lying on the
ground, it is a marvel", said Pliny the Elder. The
Colossus of Rhodes was not only a gigantic statue. It
was a symbol of unity of the people who inhabited
that beautiful Mediterranean island of Rhodes.
A strong earthquake hit Rhodes at around 226 BC.
The city was badly damaged, and the Colossus was
broken at its weakest point - the knee. The Rhodians
received an immediate offer from Ptolemy III
Eurgetes of Egypt to cover all restoration costs for
the toppled monument. However, an oracle was
consulted and forbade the re-erection. Ptolemy's
offer was declined.
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city-state of Líndos was one of the
three major towns of ancient Rhodes thanks to
its great naval power.
The remains of the acropolis of Líndos, a
natural watchtower facing the open sea built on
a steep rock 116 metres above sea level, bear
eloquent witness to its long standing power
and wealth. At the foot of the acropolis lies the
traditional village of Líndos with its cubic
whitewashed houses, mansions, Byzantine
churches and narrow cobbled streets.
By following a path through the village or by
hiring a donkey from the main square you can
climb to the ancient acropolis, which is
surrounded by well-preserved walls.
can see the remains of buildings from
ancient times, the Byzantine era and the era of
the Knights, such as the 4th century BC temple
of Athena Lindia, the Propylea, the large
Hellenistic arcade, the Byzantine chapel of Ayios
Ioannis and the castle of the Knights of Saint John.
You can also enjoy astonishing views of the town
and the sea –an experience not to be missed
during your visit on the island.
At Saint Paul’s Bay you can either relax in the
azure sea or have a go at your favourite
|The area of Petaloúdes (meaning Butterflies)
the villages of Kremastí, Paradísi and Theológos. Kremastí,
one of the biggest and liveliest settlements on the island,
is famous for its major festival of the Virgin Mary on
15th August, while the beach of Kremastí is perfect for
kitesurfing and windsurfing.
the most fascinating and popular attraction of
the region is the Valley of the Butterflies, a habitat of
unique value for the reproduction of the Panaxia
Quadripunctaria butterfly. Admire an atmosphere of
incomparable beauty with lush vegetation and streams
as you stroll along cleverly laid paths. Also well worth a
visit in the Valley is the Museum of Natural History.
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