Rhodes is the largest island of the Dodecanese. Here the sun rules all the year long, summer extends and branches into other seasons, warming them with its breath. 
The famous Colossus which used to stand in the port of Rhodes, Mandraki, in Antiquity was one of the seven wonders of the world.

     The city of Rhodes, at the north end of the island, presents a dual face. The old town is encircled by medieval castles; there are narrow lanes, stone mansions, churches, the Knights' Castle, Knights' Hospital and the Castello. Then the new city extends beyond these suggestive walls - with its wide streets, beautiful buildings, glamorous hotels and shops full of characteristic items of Rhodian folk art.

Places to see in the old town:

The Knights' Castle. It was completed in the 14th century and today reminds us of the Crusaders, defenders of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. On both sides of the old town's central road - known as the Knights' Way - lie the Inns of the seven nations that made up the Knights' Order of the 12th century. 

The Knights' Hospital, an impressive two-storied building of the 15th century with a central yard, now houses the Archaeological Museum and its rich collection, including the famous Venus of Rhodes. 

Characteristic items of traditional local art can be seen in the Folk Art Museum. 

At the end of the Knights'Way lies the palace of the Great Magisters, housing a brilliant collection of Western-type 16th and 17th century furniture, Roman and proto-Christian mosaic floors from Kos as well as various proto-Christian sculptures. 

     Apart from the town the island has unnumerable other interesting areas: e.g. the Valley of the Butterflies, Filerimos with its dense pine forest. Madonna monastery and ruins of ancient Ialyssos. Kameiros with its wonderful landscape and ruins of an ancient city, Kallithea, Afandou, Koskinou, Faliraki and Lindos - about 56 km. southeast of the town of Rhodes, with its ancient Acropolis full of well-preserved interesting items. The history of Lindos reaches from Antiquity into the Middle Ages.


     The view from the Acropolis of Lindos is enchanting - Modern Lindos is a hospitable white-painted village, built at the foot of the Acropolis; its narrow lanes, red-tiled roofs, old houses and bright azure sea cannot be forgotten by the visitor. 

    Only 2 km. to the west from the town of Rhodes, where Monte Smith is, lies the Acropolis of Ancient Rhodes. Here we can see many impressive finds, as are the ruins of a Temple of Apollo, of the ancient Stadium and the School of Music. The island has superb beaches for comfortable holidays.

    Many cultural events take place in Rhodes during the summer months: e.g. "Sound And Light" (beginning of April - end of October), performances in the palace of the Great Magisters as well as folk dances (June to October) in the theater of the old town. 

     Rhodes has good asphalt-paved roads. Buses connect the town to the rest of the island. Travel agencies daily organize trips and visits to archaeological sites, areas of historic interest and other places worth seeing in the locality.