RHODES - THE ISLAND OF THE KNIGHTS
The island of the Knights Rhodes with the beautiful Medieval City is full of attractions that take the visitor back in time. It is the largest island of the Dodecanese and fourth in Greece after Crete, Evia and Lesvos. In 1998 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town, Mandraki, the Acropolis of Lindos, the ancient Kamiros and the ancient Ialyssos, the Valley with the Butterflies and Filerimos are attractions of great historical importance. The Medieval City is as charming as its newest part, built during the period when the island was under Italian rule. The entrance to the Old Town from the Gate of Freedom is a labyrinth of cobbled narrow, medieval buildings, minarets and squares with fountains.
The medieval walls are about 5 km long and 12 m wide, ramparts, turrets, moat and gates with bridges. Within the walls is the Archaeological Museum with a collection of archaeological finds, which testify to the history of Rhodes in the depths of the centuries. The most emblematic road of the island is the street of the Knights through which they headed to the magnificent Palace of the Grand Master. The castle of the Grand Master of the 14th century is located on the rock overlooking the sea known as Castello. Impressive with its huge towers, it is a wonderful museum and one of the most important sights of the island. Medieval furniture, decorations and period objects complete the imposing monument.
Ialyssos and Kamiros are a pole of attraction for history lovers who admire Doric temples, arches, mosques and aqueducts. Of great archaeological interest is Monte Smith Hill with traces of the Rhodesian Acropolis, and unique sunsets. In a green gorge 1 km. there is a unique forest that attracts millions of butterflies which gather to mate, creating an impressive spectacle that attracts many visitors. The walks in the area of Rodini are a unique destination in which there is dense vegetation, lakes and a path of unique beauty. The Springs of Kallithea is a monument of incomparable beauty and special architecture whose waters are healing.
For sea lovers, Rhodes has countless beaches that provide activities such as water sports, unique landscapes and pristine beaches. Some of them are: Kiotari, Kallithea, Agathi, Mavros Kavos, Kolimbia, Anthony Quinn, Vlicha, Afandou (with golf course), Traganou (with the beautiful caves), Trianta, Tsampika. Anthony Quinn Beach is one of the most famous beaches known from the shooting of the movie "The Cannons of Navarone'' starring Anthony Quinn from whom it took its name. In the area of Ialyssos is one of the most cosmopolitan resorts of the island with state-of-the-art hotel units. Faliraki, apart from the intense night life, also has one of the most beautiful and organized beaches of the island. It has a lively nightlife and alternative ways of entertaining those who want a relaxing holiday. Faliraki is the most popular and beloved destination of tourists, the so-called "street of bars", while in the new city there are bars, restaurants and of course the jewel of Rhodes is the Casino.
Local traditional foods to try are pitaroudia, soupiorizo, lakani (meat braised with coarse wheat) cooked in a clay pot,melekouni and talagoutes (pancakes with honey and sesame). The local wines, known since antiquity, ouzo, olive oil, honey and the traditional sweets "Melekounia" are products that are worth trying. Of course, one should not forget to buy umbrellas, which are the top souvenir as Rhodes is in the first place in umbrella sales worldwide.