Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, lies very close to Turkey. The island is often called "The Pearl of the Mediterranean" and famous for its natural beauty, historical and archaeological treasures. The landscape is mountainous, covered with green pine forests, and the beaches are beautiful.
In 408 BC, the three major cities of the island (Lindos, Ialysos and Cameiros) congregated to build a new big city at the northern tip of the island. Great wheather and sunshine almost year round, the city of Rhodes combines cosmopolitan facilities with unique treasures from the past that seem almost untouched by time. The sea all around you, sunshine almost every day of the year make of Rhodes a great holiday destination year round.
Rhodes was an important center in the 3rd to 5th centuries AD as part of both the Roman and Byzantine empires. The Knights of St. John conquered and occupied and ruled Rhodes from 1306 until 1522, when Rhodes was conquered by Suleyman the Legislator. Rhodes was recently declared a world cultural heritage monument by UNESCO.
Lindos is one of the most beautiful villages of Rhodes : its acropolis rises above traditional white houses, set on the beautiful beach of the little harbour of Ayios Pavlos.
When in Rhodes do not forget to visit the Old Town of Rhodes (Palace of the Great Masters, Knight Street, Archeological Museum, Exhibitions of Middle Age & Antique Rhodes, Byzantine Museum, Mosque of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman, Mosque of İbrahim Pasha, Library of Ahmet Yavuz, Jewish Neighborhood), the New Rhodes town (Nea Agora, Port of Mandraki), the typical villages of Ialyssos, Kamerios, Emponas Village (producing wine), Faliraki, Lindos and the neighbouring islands (day trips possible by ferry) such as Symi.