Rhodes Greece, one of eastern Greek Islands

Rhodes Greece, the easternmost of all the Greek islands, is known for sunshine, roses, modern next to medieval, butterflies, beaches, and of course, the Colossus of Rhodes. A great tourist attraction. Free information on Rhodes or Rodos Greece.

Where can you get it all - the old, the new, sunshine and roses; In Rhodes island. The third largest of all of Greece's islands, Rhodes Greece is the easternmost and one of the most southern of the Aegean group. Situated 11 km west of the Turkish coast, Rhodes lies between the Turkish mainland and the isle of Cyprus.

The beautiful island of roses is known for offering, enjoying, basking in the more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Rhodes island is the sunniest place in all of Europe. The mild climate offers the longest tourist season of the whole region, from early April until the end of November. And though it may be too cold for a swim in the winter months, shops restaurants, cafes, and hotels are open all year round. But it's summer, when the meltemi winds are blowing, that Rhodes Greece gets into the traveler's soul.

This Greek island is shaped like a spear head. It is 80 km long, 38 km wide and has 220 km of coastline. The shore is often rocky or gravelly, but these rough beaches are interspersed with strips of sand. Inland, Rhodes in Greece is mountainous and sparsely inhabited. The flora and fauna are more closely allied to that of Asia Minor than to the rest of Greece. There are forests of Turkish pine and cypress, with herds of Rhodian deer. A magical place in the interior is Pataludes or Pataloudes Valley, the Valley of the Butterflies. Clouds of tiger moths gather here each summer.

Rhodes island boasts a population of 110,000. Over half of these people live in Rhodes City in Greece. This city is the capital of the District of Dodecanese and the Province of Rhodes - which includes the nearby islands of Symi, Tilos, Chalki and Katellorizo.

Rhodes island is a fascinating mix of modern cosmopolitan and medieval. The city, on the far north point, is ringed by the sea to both the east and west. The old city, built by the Crusaders, is a compact, old, walled city with crooked and cobbled streets. It is a World Heritage site. The Knights of St. John built here atop the ruins of an even more ancient city. The old city, seemingly untouched by time, is surrounded by modern Rhodes City, sprawling out from the walls on three sides.

Rhodes island economy is geared toward tourism. Yet there are truly native places where tourism and commercialism have not yet touched. And in these places agriculture flourishes, with crops of citrus, grapes and vegetables.

Sunny Rhodes in Greece is probably best known for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The 110 foot high statue of the god Helios looks out over the sea. The Colossus was created from bronze that came from melting weapons and war machines.

Stupendous, old, modern, new, sunny Greece through Rhodes island offers it all. And even on the hottest days, one can find somewhere cool - by the sea or in a shady park - to relax and enjoy it all.

 

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