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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 
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 holiday 

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.

The Colossus 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.
              The colossus of Rhodes, as it was - incorrectly -
              imagined standing at the entrance or Mandraki harbour.
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The colossus of Rhodes, as it was - incorrectly -
imagined standing at the entrance or Mandraki harbour

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The ancient 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.
Here you 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 water sport!



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The area of Petaloúdes (meaning Butterflies) includes 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.
However, 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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