is one of the principal Dodecanese islands. The Dodecanese are
the easternmost of the Greek islands, neighboring Asia Minor,
and some of its most beautiful and diversified. Rhodes is the
most traveled of the 12 Dodecanese, enticing tourists with its
gorgeous land and fascinating history. It is also the largest
Greek island, with 540 square miles of beautiful land. It is
believed that Rhodes was once a part of nearby Turkey, as
evidenced by the similarities in their terrains. A volcanic
eruption separated the two.
Helios, the Sun god, is the signature god
of Rhodes. This is perfectly fitting, as Rhodes enjoys an
average of 300 or so days of blissful sunshine a year.
Obviously, its sun-drenched environment is enough to draw
visitors from all over the world, but it is Rhodes’
impeccably maintained terrain that charms them to come back
over and over again. Rhodes has remained seemingly unspoiled
by pollution and a growing population, and this is a testament
to how much pride residents of Rhodes take in their home.
Rhodes has a reputation for kindness that is unrivaled by
other European destinations. It is not unusual here for
strangers to engage in conversation, and the locals love to
share their warmth and tradition with tourists. Hospitality is
nearly a given, especially if you are new to the island.
sleepy mountainous village areas to the vibrancy of Rhodes’
Old and New Towns, this island is a lovely display of rich
earth and sparkling beaches crowned by an aura of history that
links East to West with an indescribable magic.
Rhodes is a tourist’s dream. For that
reason, it has earned itself the reputation of being the most
crowded of the Dodecanese. If you are visiting Rhodes in late
summer months like July and August, brace yourself for crowds.
Reservations are recommended at most restaurants during those
months, and some museums also offer reservations in addition
to regular walk-in availability. But if you are fortunate
enough to visit Rhodes during off-peak times such as October
or November, you will be able to enjoy all of the beauty and
festivities that the island has to offer without the lines and
crowds. Either way, you are sure to take pleasure in the rich
history and natural beauty that is Rhodes.