Rhodes (or Rodos) is a Greek Island located in the Aegean Sea, the largest of the Dodecanese Island complex. Rhodes lies to the south east of the Dodecanese archipelagos, facing the shores of Asia Minor, which are about 9-10 kilometers away. The population of the island exceeds 110.000 and it covers an area of 1398 square km. It is one of the largest Greek Islands and its landscape could be described as hilly forest rather than mountainous. The Rhodes climate is subtropical with welcome westerly winds moderating the heat in summer. Winters on Rhodes are mild and the island boasts 3000 hours of sunshine a year.
Known as the island of light, Rhodes is well-loved among many nations. Its romantic old town, where the statue of Kolossos used to stand is a marvellous area for shopping, drinking, eating and people-watching.
Ancient Wonder of the World the
Colossus of Rhodes could be rebuilt (complete with a museum inside and a light beacon that can be seen 34 miles away)
One of tallest ancient world statues, Colossus of Rhodes built in 280BC
The 98ft wonder of the world was destroyed by earthquake in 226BC
Scientists from Greece, Spain, Italy and UK have proposed reconstruction
Project expected to bring millions of euros through tourism to economy
The islands of Kos, Patmos, Karpathos, Kalymnos and Leros are all close by and can be reached by boat. You can also take a day trip to the island of Symi from Rhodes.
Popular with Scandinavians, the most well-known beach resorts are those of Lindos, Faliraki & Kalithea.