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Rhodes Island is located in the southeastern part of Greece and is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Rhodes Island is the most popular and most famous of all Greek Islands, visited by millions of tourists each year. It is a place rich of history, fantastic nature and most beautiful beaches in Greece. It functions as a small country of its own, and no matter whether you look for a great nightlife, crystal-clear turquoise waters, great sandy beaches, archeological sites or green valleys – Rhodes Island has it all.
Rhodes Island has the longest summers of all islands in Greece. It has over three hundred sunny days per year and over twelve hours of sunshine per day. The summer season starts around the month of April and lasts up until November. The average summer temperatures are in the upper 30s C, and even the winters are very pleasant with average temperatures around 15 C.
Rhodes is an island where the ancient civilizations of Hellenics, Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans have all influenced the culture and architecture. It is a place between the Middle East and Aegean, in the middle of all civilizations.
Rhodes Old Town is a very romantic place with mazes of narrow cobbled streets that will take you back in the old days of the famous Byzantine Empire. It has strong fortified walls, beautiful stone mansions, marble crests, ancient statues, hammams and mosques, a fantastic Clock Tower and an amazing old castle. The Old Town is protected by UNESCO as one of the major World Heritage Sites.
In the southern part of Rhodes you will find the picturesque town of Lindos, with its charming white cubical houses overlooking a beautiful turquoise bay. This town also has beautiful walls which were built by the knights in the old ages. The Doric Temple of Athena Lindia is a must see place, dating from the fourth century BC.
The Colossus of Rhodes is the most famous statue of Rhodes, but unfortunately there are no traces left from this statue today. Colossus of Rhodes was one of the original Seven World Wonders, and it used to stand above the harbor of Rhodes.
City of Mandraki is another place that should be visited on the Rhodes Island. This modern city is a home of plenty attractions and amazing sights, many large hotels, restaurants, traditional tavernas and clubs. Mandraki`s harbor is guarded by the Rhodes` emblems – a doe and a deer, proudly standing on two very tall columns. At one end of the marina you will find the nice small fort dedicated to Agios Nikolaos, dating from the 15th century.
Traditional villages like Afandou, Agios Isidoros, Apollona, Trianda and Kritinia are all full of lots if interesting and attractive things and are well worth to be visited.
Those that love beaches can enjoy on some of the plenty of fantastic beaches such as Agathi, Afandou, Anthony Quinn Beach, Kallithea, Kolymbia, Lardos, Trianda Tsabika and many more others. All of them are perfectly clean, long and sandy. Prasonissi Island on the south of Rhodes Island is another great spot, very popular among the windsurfers.