A beautiful historic island, Rhodes is one of the most popular of all the Greek Islands today. Home to the city of Rhodes, one of the most well preserved ancient cities in the world, Rhodes is also the capital and largest of all the Dodecanese islands. Home to some 115,000 residents, this island is located in the South Aegean region just northeast of Crete off the Anatolian coast of Turkey. Nicknamed the Island of the Knights, this island is host to some of the region’s most historically significant sites in addition to the capital city. From the Colossus of Rhodes to the Palace of the Grand Master, take a closer look at this beautiful island destination in Greece, a must see destination for any traveler.
Since ancient times, Rhodes location has made it an island of significance. As early as 407 BC, the city was already being construction. The ancient planner Hippodamus of Miletus planned the early city and not long after its construction, it was already one of the most well known an influential seafaring centers in the Eastern Mediterranean. In the 14th century, the city was conquered by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Building strong fortifications to defend it, their rule did not last and just over 200 years later, Rhodes was once again conquered. Despite changing hands multiple times, the Medieval city still exists today and is one of the few UNESCO World Heritage sites preserved for its historic relevance and its history.
With so much to see and do, most people spend more than a day here and then often plan another visit in the near future. From the historic architecture and the ancient walls to the Aquarium, the parks and the beaches found in and around the island, the most difficult of planning a trip to Rhodes is choosing what to miss.
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes – One of the few examples of Gothic architecture on this island, this site was once a citadel for the Knights Hospitaller. Used as a headquarters of sorts to the conquerors of the region, it changed hands more than once during history. While some areas were damaged, most of the site remains and today, represents one of the most popular tourist sites in the Greek Islands.
Butterfly Valley – a nature reserve located in the island part of the island of Rhodes, the Butterfly Valley or Petaloudes is home to a beautiful forest and is a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Late May offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience where huge numbers of butterflies congregate during their final life stage.
From the Old Town to the Museum of Natural History, the ruins to the beaches, just get out and explore this amazing and beautiful destination.
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