Among the scattering of the Greek islands there is one of the largest – the island of Rhodes. The sea and mild climate have always attracted many visitors to Rhodes. It is no accident. Above the azure sea and the flat sandy beaches with over 300 days of sunshine per year. Rhodes Island offers tourists a luxury holiday and an unforgettable trip.
Sun from time immemorial considered the patron saint of the island. In his honor, the inhabitants of Rhodes in 305 BC erected a gigantic statue. Colossus of Rhodes, a masterpiece of the sculptor Haret of Linda, was considered one of the seven wonders of the world.
Rhodes is located near the coast of Asia Minor. Just 10 miles – and you’re already on the Turkish coast. This neighborhood at different times brought Rhodes and prosperity and ruin. Since ancient times the island served as a bridge between East and West, the rich men in this trade, it was looted. Island owned by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Persians, Saracens, Genoese, the Knights of the Order of loannite, the Turks. In 1948, Rhodes once again became part of Greece.
The tumultuous history of the island left a lot of unique monuments of the past, so Rhodes is a combination of antiquity and modernity. This can be easily seen by the temples and castles, located next to the sun-drenched villages, luxurious beaches and resorts. And chief among them can rightly be called the capital city of the island of Rhodes, situated in the northern part of the island. As in ancient coins, he has like two sides.
One side – this is a fabulous medieval city, surrounded by ancient walls. He crosses the street of the Knights loannite, preserved medieval look so good, though she moved here from the shooting of a film from the life of the Middle Ages. At the end of the street stands the Palace of Grand Masters of the Order loannite, built in the XIV century. In the palace-fortress are extraordinarily beautiful gates on both sides of which rise the huge towers. Inside the palace – luxury rooms, cluttered with expensive furniture of different periods and carved woodwork. Masters Palace is both a fortress. So he has all of the time required for fortifications and extensive underground warehouses. The palace-fortress was rebuilt in the forties of the twentieth century.
The other side of Rhodes – a modern resort town with its bustling night life, wide streets, beautiful buildings and countless shops. It has hundreds of hotels – from luxury to modest, many restaurants and bars, trendy discotheques, clubs and casinos.
At 55 km south of the capital of the ancient city of Lindos. Clear blue sea, endless beaches, white houses and at the very top of a steep hill – the ruins of the ancient Acropolis …
Lindos is known from the XII century BC According to legend, its founder was Lindh, grandson of the sun god Helios. On the shore of Lindos is a quiet and picturesque harbor, where in 1955 AD Paul landed. Now Lindos – compactly located fairytale town with narrow streets, lined with mosaics. By the Acropolis can be reached on foot or on donkeys, which act as “urban taxi” Lindos. The main attraction is the Acropolis, Temple of Athena Lydia, who visited the well-known to us by the “Iliad,” the Spartan king Menelaus, as well as himself, Alexander of Macedon.
In Rhodes, there is another place that should not be missed. This is the famous “Valley of Butterflies”. Extraordinary natural beauty, lush vegetation, picturesque wooden bridges thrown across the crystal clear streams, waterfalls and, of course, thousands of colorful butterflies sitting on the flowers and crowns of trees … Nature to splurge on a magical sight.