Rhodes Nature and Culture!
Rhodes is one of the biggest islands of the Aegean and is full of springs, forests, beaches and of course monuments, from both ancient times and more recent times, especially from the Italian occupation on the island. Here, you are given a list of some of the most important places you must visit, when you are on the island.
Medieval Town of Rhodes (Old Town)
The architecture of the walled Medieval city of Rhodes is dominated by the Western European style of the time and was mixed with local Aegean additions during the Knights period (1309-1522). It includes such important monuments as the Grand Master’s Palace, which houses the Byzantine collection of the island, the hospital of the Knights of the 14th century (Symi Square), the hospital of the Knights of the 15th century (Alexander Square) which serves as the National Archaeological Museum, The Knights Street which accommodates the different “languages” of the Knights is the most well-preserved street in Europe, the Municipal Gallery of the Simi Square, the early Christian Baptistery in Argyrocastro Square, the old armory of the Knights which now houses the Folk Art and Folk Art museum, the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, the Suleiman Mosque, and the Palace of Catellano which now houses the Municipal Library. The perimeter walls are accessible all year round, and guided walks are available twice weekly during the tourist season. Learn more here.
Acropolis of Rhodes
Visit the ruins of the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes and admire the important antiquities preserved in the beautiful archaeological park that is perfect for archaeological and ecological walks. Learn more here.
Lindos is famous for its narrow cobbled streets and white houses. The houses having floors and patios paved with ornate designs from pebbles (chochlakaki), painted ceilings, sofrades and walls adorned with brightly colored plates is one of the reasons why this village has been declared a landmark. Standing on a the top of a one hundred and sixteen meter high cliff is the Acropolis of Lindos with the Temple of Athena Lindia from the 4th century, the Propylaea [gates], the great Hellenistic Stoa and The Byzantine church of Saint John which was the governor of the Knights quarters. Learn more here.
The Valley of the Butterflies
Following the specially designed trails and wooden bridges, view the incredible beauty of the ponds filled with water lilies, waterfalls, vegetation, crystal waters and enjoy this unique natural phenomenon. Learn more here.
Here you can enjoy a natural environment centered around a stream rich in hydrophilic vegetation and tall trees . A small dam 90 meters long halts the water flow forming a small lake which is home to the unique and protected Gizani Fish. Learn more here.
Composed of dense vegetation, shady age-old plane trees, crystal clear water flowing from natural springs, an underground waterway to explore and a serene pond, the Efta Piges (Seven Springs) is an earthly paradise that should entrance the sun-tanned visitors. Learn more here.
Prophet Elias at an altitude of 700 meters took its name from the Monastery of Prophet Elias, when the Italians occupied the Dodecanese on May 5th 1912 and began rebuilding the island. Learn more here.
Located in the Eastern part of the island, nine kilometers from the city. The opening of the initial installation of Kallithea was on July 1st 1929, and has attracted a large number of patients and scientists from all around the world. The therapeutic waters of Kallithea are used for many conditions. Learn more here.
Aquarium of Rhodes
Located at the northernmost point of the island. Constructed during the Italian occupation of the Dodecanese Islands from 1934 to 1935, and began operating in 1937. First, as a research unit but after the union with Greece, then worked as Greek Hydrobiological Institute. Later, in 1963, he began working as Aquarium - Museum and is a model research unit in the Mediterranean. Learn more here.
Churches and Monasteries of Rhodes
The island of Rhodes is full of churches and monasteries of considerable value, which also played an important role in history. What is more, the green landscape that surrounds them, make them more attractive to visit. Learn more here.
Beaches of Rhodes
Rhodes is one of the largest islands in Greece and it has far too many, and beautiful blue beaches. Each one can be different from the others, thus creating the impression that we go somewhere else every time, in another island. Combine each day on a beach with a visit to the nearby picturesque village or the nearby historic landmark... And of course, be sure that on every beach there are cozy restaurants, taverns and beach bars.