Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and, as a result, is the capital and the administrative center. The island formally joined the Kingdom of Greece on 7 March 1948. Its nickname is “The Island of the Knights,” due to the monuments left by the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land, and it was famous in antiquity for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. The monument is no longer there, but there are plans of rebuilding it sometime in the future.
First thing that crosses your mind when you think of Rhodes is the medieval old town, which has been accorded Unesco World Heritage status in 1988. It is one of the largest medieval towns in Europe and, of course, the highlight of the old town is the Palace of the Grand Master. Numerous tourist shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, churches and museums are here to fulfill any need you might have. Getting lost in the old town as well as walking around the walls with the eleven gates is a must and it will give you memorable experiences and photo opportunities.
Another attractive spot among tourists is the butterflies valley, where Panaxia Quadripuctaria butterfly reproduces. A visit to Lindos is obligatory. Walk up the stairs to the Acropolis, enjoy the majestic view and the archaeological sites. If you are a water sports fan and especially windsurfing and kite surfing, Prasonisi is the best place for you. In fact, Prasonisi is one of the best windsurfing spots with wind statistics that are second to none in Europe.
Don’t forget to visit the new town with the windmills, the deer sculptures and the Saint Nikolas fortress, the Seven Springs which is a perfect escape to nature with water coming out of springs, and Kallithea springs, an environment with unparalleled beauty with gardens, mosaics and clear waters for swimming.
Plentiful beaches for every taste, scenic villages, nightlife, monasteries like Panagia Tsambika, and castles complete the great puzzle of Rhodes!