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Description

Rhodes is the largest of the group of islands known as the Dodecanese and has abundant natural beauty with wooded valleys and stunning beaches. Enjoying 300 days of sunshine it is a great place to soak up the sun as well as the culture and ancient history. The romantic and wonderfully preserved Old Town of Rhodes is rich in atmosphere and its fascinating architecture tells the story of the days of the Knights Templar and the past civilizations of Byzantium and beyond.

Western Rhodes and the interior with its Valley of the Butterflies, ancient Doric ruins and miles of wine country, makes for an interesting tour. To the south is the charming town of Lindos with its captivating sights of the towering acropolis and sugar cube houses crowding the slopes below as the road winds down to sparkling turquoise sea.

The island has dozens of spectacular sandy beaches and coves with crystal waters and natural beauty. Its picturesque villages and scenic attractions make it ideal for walking and touring by car.

History

Rhodes has been inhabited since the Stone Age. The Cretans were the first settlers on the island. The Phoenicians and Dorians must have settled on the island prior to the Trojan War (1184 BC). After the Trojan War the rapid progress and development of the ancient civilization of Rhodes commences, and can still be seen in the antiquities of the three largest and most powerful cities of the island, Lindos, Ialyssos and Kamiros. At the end of 5th century BC these cities united into a single political force and founded Rhodes in the 3rd century BC. During that period, famous artists, philosophers and writers lived here. From 2000 BC it became an ally of Rome, but from the 1st century BC it began, slowly but surely, to go into decline. Diocletian in 297 AD joined the Provincia insularum of the Roman Empire.

After the division of the Roman State, at the beginning of the 4th century AD, Rhodes came to the Eastern Empire. In 515 AD the city of Rhodes was destroyed by an earthquake and was rebuilt by the emperor Anastasios. During the Persian Wars against emperor Herakleios it was captured by the Persians, in 653 Arab invaders sacked the town and destroyed its monuments. The incursions of the Saracens followed until 718 AD when the Byzantine navy burned the piratical Saracen fleet with "Liquid Fire". In the 9th century it was plundered barbarously but in the 11th century Rhodes forged trading relations with the west and with the Crusaders. When the Crusaders took over Constantinople in 1204, they ruled it until 1246 when the island was captured by the Benoese who where in power until 1261. Then the Byzantine emperors took back Constantinople from the crusaders. Thenceforth Rhodes belonged, officially, to the Byzantine State but was, in reality, in the hands of the Benoese admirals who in 1309 AD sold the island to the Knights of the Ioannites.

The Knights, who stayed until 1522, left imposing evidence of their presence in Rhodes, giving it impregnable walls, gates, churches, hospitals, Inns and palaces. After a siege of six months, the island gave way to Suleiman the Magnificent and the knights were given a new home in Malta. After that time they where known as the Knights of Malta. The Turks remained on the island until 1912, when it was taken over by the Italians.

After the end of the Second World War all the islands of the Dodecanese were incorporated within Greece.

Sightseeing

One of the main attractions of Rhodes is the variety of sights it has to offer and the endless possibilities for exploration.

Starting with the beautifully preserved walled town of Rhodes, the Palace of the Grand Master is one of the best-preserved castles in the Mediterranean. Wander among the Gothic churches and beautiful inns that were used by the Knights. Visit the Knights’ hospital and the various mosques, passing under the stone arches and being surrounded by stunning Venetian and Arab architecture. There are beautiful squares with ornate fountains, palm trees and shaded cafes to while away a pleasant hour.

The island’s second town is the picture postcard Lindos, which is dominated by a huge rock with a castle on it and within these walls an ancient ruined acropolis. Nestling on the slopes is the charming maze of whitewashed houses and pebbled courtyards, leading down to the beautiful golden sandy beach.

The nature reserve that is the verdant Valley of the Butterflies is located on the western side of the island. Here visitors can wander the cool, shady paths among flowing streams and waterfalls and see the butterfly population.

Mountain villages, small fishing villages, castles, gorges and monasteries where time stands still can easily be visited by car.

Nightlife

The island is famous for its nightlife and all beach resorts close to Rhodes Town have great spots, many of them close to the sea where you can dance till dawn or listen to music of every kind. Rhodes Town makes a lovely evening out with its charming maze of cobbled streets in the Old Town and excellent fish and seafood restaurants. Lindos offers romantic bars where you can sip a sundowner, or waterfront restaurants where you can dine under the stars overlooking the exquisite bay.

SPIRIT OF THE KNIGHTS

No detail has been spared in this fine renovation of an ancient building that results from a careful collaboration between the architect and the Greek archaeology department. The family run Spirit of the Knights is a small eco friendly boutique hotel set right in the heart of the splendid medieval Old Town of Rhodes. Six magical suites have spacious bathrooms with mosaic tiling and some are split level with living areas.

SPIRIT OF THE KNIGHTS

RODOS PARK SUITES & SPA

We are proud to include Rodos Park in with our carefully selected propereties. Rodos Park is an elegant hotel, member of the World Small Luxury Hotels, which has won “The Best City Hotel of Greece 2006”.

It captures the noble and stylish architecture of the medieval ages of Rhodes with all the modern comforts of modern 5 star boutique hotel & spa.

RODOS PARK SUITES & SPA

Villa Seven

Villa Seven, located at Lachania beach, with its seven en-suite bedrooms and private pool offers luxury and refinement in a modern minimalistic fashion, breathtaking views of the sea and sunset.

Villa Seven

White Village

Set in the pretty blue and white village of Lachania in southern Rhodes, these 12 stylish villas offer views of the Aegean Sea and sophisticated accommodation for a truly relaxing retreat.

White Village