Capital of the
Dodecanese, the southernmost string of Greek islands, Rhodes is
one of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations.
In addition to endless sandy beaches, good hiking,
lively tavernas and great nightlife, Rhodes stays warm well into
November, a boon for avoiding summer crowds.
Indeed, spring and fall are ideal for exploring Rhodes`
rich collection of historic sites and monuments, which bring Greek
history alive in microcosm, from the ruins of Classical temples
to Crusader castles and towns and Ottoman mosques.
The city of Rhodes 'Rodos', today a busy cruise ship, yacht and ferry
port, is a 14th century Crusader city that was largely restored
by the Italians between 1912 and 1943. One of the finest examples
of Crusader military architecture in the world, the town is a World Heritage Site.
stepping through one of the 11 gates in the medieval Gothic
walls, one feels instantly transported to the days when towns
were safe only behind high walls towers and massive gates
locked against marauders.
Cobbled streets and narrow alleys, thoroughfares
of commerce now as then, present a busy bazaar of small shops
where traditional crafts, such as fine lace and line, are
Harbor, linking old and new towns, is flanked by bronze statues
of a doe and a stag, where the Colossus of Rhodes was once
believed to have stood.
One of the seven wonders of the ancient world,
the Colossus of Rhodes was a gigantic statue of Helios the
sun god, erected in the harbor in 293 BC to commemorate Rodos`10-year
resistance to a Macedonian siege.
of town, the Acropolis of Rhodes (St. Stephen’ s hill)
offers panoramic views over town and coast. Named for an English
admiral who kept watch here for Napoleon`s fleet in 1802,it
is also the site of a 3rd century BC Hellenistic city, with
a stadium, acropolis odeon and ruins of temples to Apollo,
Athena and Zeus.
being a pioneer tourism destination in Greece and with the
privilege of operating two schools of tourism professions
and one of official guides has been distinguished in the quality
of services rendered to tourists.
quality, as well as the island itself, with a variety of worth
seeing places, contributed to the development of alternative
forms of tourism and mainly that of conferences and incentives.
Rhodes holds successfully an all increasing number of conferences,
among them some very important ones, like the European Summit,
the Meeting of West European Union, XVI World Congress of
the ISHR (2.500 participants), etc
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