Rhodes is a Greek island located in the southeastern Aegean. It is located about 350 km southeast of Athens and 18 km southwest of Turkey. With an area of 1,400,684 km2 it is the largest island in the Dodecanese, the fourth in the whole country and the ninth in the Mediterranean.
Within the city of Rhodes there is the Medieval City of Rhodes or the Old Town, as the locals call it, one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world, recognized since 1988 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of the Old Town are remarkable monuments from the Byzantine era, the Turkish occupation and the Italian occupation, most notably the Palace of the Grand Master. Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Nowadays the island of Rhodes is also referred to as:
The “island of the Knights”, because of the multitude of monuments left by the Order of the Knights of St. John, from the period that the island was occupied.
The “island of the sun”, due to the extensive sunshine throughout the year.
The “emerald island”, because of its shape, refers to the gemstone.
Rhodes is an island which is ideal not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.