Friday, July 31, 2015

Rhodes - The island of the Knights

Rhodes - The island of the Knights

One of the most popular destination in Greece is Rhodes. Rhodes is the largest island of Dodecanese islands. It is ideal for people who want to relax but also for those who are looking for an action-packed holiday. The principal town of the island is  Rhodes. At the northern tip of the island is located the city of Rhodes.

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Rhodes is truly blessed place with its rich green valleys,  bright green hills and golden beaches. It has excellent facilities for tourism, luxurious hotels, taverns, bars and watersport centers. Rhodes island is mostly famous for the romantic Old town. The Old town is one of the best preserved Medieval Towns of Europe. His strong walls, an impressive castle , elegant stone mansions and paved paths will realy impress you. The main spots of the Old Town are The Street of the Knights, The Palace and Hippocrates square.

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The Palace
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The Hippocrates square

All beaches in Rhodes are unique in natural beauty, they have crystal waters. The best beaches are Tsambika, Saint Paul’s bay, Kalithea, Ladiko and others. Faliraki beach is more than 5 kilometers wide, and it is the most popular and the most organized beach on Rhodes. At Faliraki you can enjoy day and night, nightlife is famously vibrant, lot of young people enjoy at clubs, bars and pubs around. Ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing is the southernmost coast of Rhodes. like Prassonisi or Kremasti.

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Ladiko beach

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Prassonisi beach

On the east side of Rhodes is pretty village Lindos. His whitewashed houses siting on the hillside, donkeys, a beautifull small white sand beach make it one of the most beautiful place on island.

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Lindos

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Saint Paul’s bay

Inland of Rhodes you can found a unique natural reserve ‘’Butterfly Valley’’. This in an excellent place for families with children to enjoy in peaceful walk through the shaded, green valley with its small river and beautiful waterfalls. In ‘’Butterfly Valley’’ every year thousands of butterflies, at the end of wet season, cover the entire landscape, they are migrate here to reproduce.  

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Almost to everyone is familiar The Colossus of Rhodes. He was depicting the city’s patron god Helios - the god of the sun. Over 12 years were needed to complete it, it was completed in 280 BC. The Colossus stood for little more than 50 years. It was 33 meters high, positioned at the entrance to Rhodes harbour, at Mandraki Harbour. At 224 Bc Rhodes suffered earthquake and Colossus broke at the knees. The statue lay broken in rims for almost a thousand years.  When the Arabs invaded Rhodes the remains were broken down and transported to Syria and sold piece by piece.

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Mandraki Harbour


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