Rhodes General Information
Of all the Greek islands, Rhodes is definitely a must visit. For tourists the island can provide the perfect way to relax for swimming in beautiful bays, lazing on beaches of golden sun, drinking ouzo in waterfront cafes, watching the rich toy with their yachts or simply spend a chilled afternoon shopping for kaftans and silver jewellery in the labyrinthine lanes of Rhodes Town. Rhodes also has plenty to offer in terms of history, tradition, exciting nightlife and a sumptuous Greek cuisine. Be amazed by the Acropolis of Lindos and Medieval town with the Palace of the Knights. Pause at a flower-drapped terrace for coffee and honey-drenched pastries or stop in the old city for an authentic Greek feast.
The city of Rhodes was founded in 408 BC upon an initiative of the inhabitants of the more ancient cities of Ialysos, Lindos and Kamiros to build a powerful new city to become the capital of their island. Designed according to the Hippodameian urban planning system, the city quickly earned universal admiration, as one of the most beautiful cities of its time. It quickly evolved into an important economic and cultural hub: under the Roman and later Byzantine rule however, the City of Rhodes lost some of its ancient glory. In 1309 it was taken over by Knights of the Order of St. John, who once settling down, endowed the city with strong fortifications, a unique defence structure enclosing a thriving multinational medieval agglomeration. The modern city of Rhodes is inhabited by a permanent population of eighty thousand inhabitants. Combining its dynamic present with its rich historic past, it forms the economic and cultural centre of the south-eastern Aegean. the rare beauty of its natural environment, with its clean beachfronts, parks and recreation areas, dazzling sunlight, warm hospitality its excellent tourist infrastructure, the many entertainment options offered by the local night-life, sports, cultural events, day trip possibilities to neighbouring islands and throughout the island of Rhodes, the charm of its turbulent history, witnessed through visits to its monuments and museums, are but some of the features rendering Rhodes one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean. Rhodes is a premier cruise destination in Europe and holds the fifth position globally.