Guide to the island of Rhodes Greece
Rhodes is the largest of
the Dodecanese islands in Greece and one of the largest in the Aegean sea. It is
situated approximately 17,7 km from the coasts of Turkey. The population
is about 130.000 persons , of which approximately 60-70.000 reside in
the city of Rhodes.
Rhodes called from its local people the Rose of the Aegean and deserves
its name because is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Rhodes has
the oldest tourist history from all the islands of Greece and is famous
all over the world, this wonderful Greek island together with the
islands of Kos, Crete, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu attracts the most
tourism in Greece. Many Hollywood films have been filmed here ,that
helped more the global advertisement of Rhodes and its beauties.
The island of Rhodes has an excellent tourist infrastructure with modern
Hotels of every category .During the summer hundreds of charter flights
landing at Rhodes airport in Maritsa. Rhodes town is divided to the new
town and the old town from the big medieval wall. The beauty of Rhodes
town is the old town with the medieval castles ,houses and streets. At
the port the visitor will find Mandraki with its circular Market and the
Cafes at the seafront ,further on are the Art Deco buildings of the
Metropolis from the times of the Italian occupation. At the entrance of
the port are the famous two columns with the two Deers at the place
where supposed to be the colossus of Rhodes .The ancient city of Lindos
is another of the main
Attractions of the island.
Major national, European and world congresses are held on Rhodes each
year. All congress facilities ranging from ancient theatres to the
medieval palace or ultra-modern buildings meet the necessary operating
and technological specifications.
The Municipality of Rhodes
Every two years the International Cartoon Fair takes places for ten days
in October with the participation of cartoonists from all over the
world. The best are awarded prizes.
Also every two years is the International Women Artists of the
Mediterranean Peace Forum held in September in which women artists from
all countries of the Mediterranean participate. It includes exhibitions
and cultural events.
The Municipality of Petaloudes
From 11th - 23rd August every year takes place in Rrhodes the
Panhellenic ( all Greece) Handicrafts Fair and is held in Kremasti. Many
cultural events are organized in parallel with the fair.
To the southwest lie the islets of Karavolas and Ktenies with wild
natural beauty while to the west is a group of islets in the triangle
between Alimia - Halki - Rhodes. The islets of Makri, Strongyli and
Strongylo lie of Rhodes' western coast.
Geographical location of Rhodes: the wonderful island of Rhodes as we can
see in a map
of Greece located in the south east Aegean in the Dodecanese south
of Kos and east of Karpathos and Crete. Very near to the north east part of the
island are the Asia Minor coast.