Discover Rhodes, the island of the god Sun, of god Apollo, the island of the Colossus and the Knights, an island with a history of centuries, a crossroads of people and culture, home of Olympians and philosophers...
An emerald island with incomparable natural beauty, wonderful sunlight and unique hospitality, Rhodes is the ultimate luxurious charter destination offering everything your heart desires. Brimming with mythological and historical stories to tell, Rhodes is widely accepted as one of the most stunning island hotspots and jewel of the Med. With a hospitable local community of residents, Rhodes invites travellers from far and wide to meet, feel and experience the natural beauty, the cultural identity and the unique hospitality of this Dodecanese island.
Rhodes, an island with a history of 4000 years. Throughout the centuries Rhodes has been inhabited by various people: Telchines, Carians, Phoenicians, Minoans and Dorians, having built the three major cities: Lindos, Kamiros and Ialyssos, who in 408 BC, created the city of Rhodes. The island has been a centre of economic and cultural exchange between people throughout the ages. Its strategic position brought great wealth to the island and made the city of Rhodes one of the prominent cities of Ancient Greece.
Famous works of art include the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the world, built in 282 BC by the Lindian sculptor Haris, until 226 BC when a strong earthquake hit Rhodes and the statue of the Colossus collapsed. At the crossroads of three continents, Rhodes experienced many civilizations who each left their own imprint on the island, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St. John, the Ottomans and the Italians until its unification in 1948 with Greece.
Rhodes' Medieval City is one of the most beautiful Old Towns in the Mediterranean, making its protected status as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 no surprise. A mosaic of myriad historical periods, dominated by the Knights Templar and the Ottoman Empire. The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem arrived in Rhodes in 1310 AD. Upon their arrival, the Medieval City was enriched with Gothic and Renaissance elements. Palaces, towers, churches, arches and cobbled streets await to charm visitors and paint Rhodes' unique cultural identity today.
The Palace of the Grand Master (Castello) is a magnificent monument during the Knights of St. John’s era. Its halls, houses and important exhibitions are a must-see on any tour of the island. Similarly, the Archaeological Museum is located in the Gothic building of the great hospital of the Knights and houses masterpieces of Rhodes art, where visitors will find artefacts from ancient Ialyssos and Kamiros, and mosaic floors from the city of Rhodes. A walk down Knights Street, the imposing road that leads to the Palace of the Grand Master, will transport visitors back to an ancient time where the accommodations of the "languages" of the Knights Order can still be seen.
The Medieval City of Rhodes is one of the few functional medieval cities in the world, which continues to be inhabited and alive while retaining much of its ancient glory. It is worth visiting the Castle of the Virgin, the Virgin of Burgos, the Clock, the Synagogue and the mosques of Suleiman and Recep Pasha.
Past meets present in seamless harmony in Rhodes' bustling city centre. Only here will you find castles, neoclassical buildings and Italian architecture all along the same street. Imposing Italian buildings dominate the seafront of Rhodes, a modern cosmopolitan city. In the historic centre stands Rοdon hotel, the buildings of Italian architecture where nowadays are housed in the City Hall, the Region and the Post Office, the church of the Annunciation, the National Theater and of course the small fawn statues, a notable trademark of Rhodes.
Enjoy a walk in the picturesque marina of Mandraki, where yachts set against the backdrop of the castle walls make for an unforgettable image. For any wishing to venture out to the so-called Marasia, the settlements and neighborhoods just outside the city centre are well worth a trip. Following the coastal line you will find the Aquarium of Rhodes, the most important scientific center for the study of marine life in Greece. You can also browse the Municipal Gallery, the second largest gallery in Greece after that of Athens and the Gallery of Modern Greek Art, the Nestorideio Melathro in Ekato Chourmadies.
Lindos is one of the most impressive villages of Rhodes and one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Instantly recognisable for its collection of chalk white houses set against an imposing backdrop, Lindos is a traditional village with a rich history and naval tradition. It is also the birthplace of Kleovoulos one of the seven sages of antiquity and Charis, the sculptor, who created the statue of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the world’s seven wonders of the world. Lindos, a village with unique beauty with the Acropolis of Lindos, dominates the top of the rock where the settlement is built amphitheatrically. Sights such as the temple of Lindia Athena built in the 4th century BC, the headquarters of the Knights, the church of Agios Ioannis, the port of Agios Pavlos will impress you.
Visit the great Captain Houses with the courtyards with pebble mosaics, the wooden painted ceilings and the Lindian dishes on the walls. The village is brimming with souvenir shops, a wonderful labyrinth of cobbled streets, restaurants and bars that make Lindos so full of life both during the day and well into the night.