Rhodes is a greek island and a tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character and its intense nightlife. Which are the criteria for choosing the right hotel? Certainly, the surrounding space, the atmosphere, the reception, the quality and the price.
The tourist guide greek-tourism will help you so that you don't fall into the trap of those hotels that charge the customer based on the circumstances. We will inform you about the hotels that will take care of you and from which you'll be satisfied and recommend the island to all your friends enticing them to visit. This guide considers you as much as the island we all love.
Rhodes Hotels, Greece. Rhodes Hotels are located in the traditional villages and in the beach resorts. This section is offering a large range of hotel Rhodes, accommodation: apartments, traditional houses, villas, studios, rooms, campings and much general information about the island.
Rhodes General Information
Rhodes is a Greek island located in the southeastern Aegean. Located about 350 km. Southeast of Athens and 18 km. Southwest of Turkey. With an area of 1400.684 square kilometers. is the largest island of the Dodecanese (Southern Sporades) and the fourth series of the entire country, after Crete, Evia and Lesvos. It has 253 km of coastline. And the highest point is the summit of Mount Attaviros a height of 1,215 m. According to the 2011 census, the population of the island is 115 490 inhabitants, which makes Rhodes the third most populous Greek island after Crete and Evia.
At the northeast end of the island is the capital, the city of Rhodes, which has a population of about 55,000 inhabitants and is the largest settlement. Within the city limits of Rhodes is the Medieval city of Rhodes, one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world, which has been included since 1988 in the World Heritage sites of UNESCO.
The city of Rhodes is situated in the north-east tip of the island and forms a triangle from north to south. It is the smallest municipality of the island in terms of land area and the largest in population. It borders the Aegean Sea to the north, the east and the west and with the municipalities of Ialysos and Kallithea in the south.
In Köppen climate classification, it is classified as hot-summer Mediterranean climate. The lowest recorded temperature −3 °C (27 °F) and the highest recorded temperature was 42 °C (108 °F).
The island of Rhodes is at a crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This has given the city and the island many different identities, cultures, architectures, and languages over its long history. Its position in major sea routes has given Rhodes a very rich history. The island has been inhabited since about 4000 BC (Neolithic Period).
The city of Rhodes was formed by the cities of Ialyssos, Kamiros and Lindos in 408 BC, and prospered for three centuries during its Golden Age, when sea trade, skilled shipbuilders, and open-minded politicians of the city kept it prosperous until Roman times. The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was built by the Lindian sculptor Chares between 304 and 293 BC, which took 12 years and was completed in 282 BC. The statue represented their sun god Helios, which stood at the harbour entrance. The ancient city had a well-constructed sewage system as well as a water supply network as designed by Hippodamus. A strong earthquake hit Rhodes about 226 BC, badly damaging the city and toppling the Colossus.
In 164 BC, Rhodes came under Roman control. It was able to keep its beauty and develop into a leading center of learning for arts and science. The Romans took from the Rhodians their maritime law and applied it to their shipping. Many traces of the Roman period still exist throughout the city and give an insight into the level of civilization at the time. According to Acts 21:1, the Apostle Paul stopped at Rhodes near the end of his third missionary journey.
In medieval times, Rhodes was an important Byzantine trading post, as also a crossroads for ships sailing between Constantinople and Alexandria. In the early years of the divided Roman Empire, the Isaurians, a mountain tribe from Cilicia, invaded the island and burned the city. In the 7th century AD it was captured by the Arabs. The latter were the ones who removed the scattered pieces of the Colossus from the port and moved them to Syria where they destroyed them to make coins. After the fall of the Byzantine Empire to the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the native noble Leo Gabalas took control of the island, but after his death and succession by his brother John, the island was briefly occupied by the Genoese before being returned to the Emperor of Nicaea, though ushering in a new, but short-lived, Byzantine period.