Rhodes island at night. Dodecanese. Aegean Islands Prasonisi Beach, Rhodes

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Rhodes

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Rhodes

Rhodes, the Island of the Knights, as it is called, has much to offer to its visitors and it is hardly surprising that its economy relies to a great extent on tourism, since it is a timeless destination. The Rodini park, the ancient Kamiros and the ancient Ialyssos, the Valley of the Butterflies and the Acropolis of Lindos with the temple of Athena Lindia are only some of the places worth to be seen by every visitor. The Colossus of Rhodes may not dominate the island’s harbor nowadays, but certainly the glamour of antiquity has also surrounded today’s Rhodes, which –at the crossroads of two major sea routes of the Mediterranean, between the Aegean Sea and the coasts of the Middle-East– enjoys it, being confident of its position as queen of the Dodecanese.

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Pserimos

Visitors of Kalymnos and Kos can easily reach a hidden paradise every summer. Arriving at Pserimos you will find Avlakia, the only village on the island, which is supposed to be built on the site of an ancient settlement. Even today, remnants of ancient dwellings can be seen, and parts of pottery dating back to…
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Folegandros

Folegandros

Until the mid 1980s Folegandros belonged to the so-called barren line. Then it was included in the regular itineraries of Piraeus and started being discovered by West Europeans and Greek holidaymakers. The island is the ideal destination for mild/ alternative forms of tourism, a fact that is closely associated with its long tradition in self-sufficiency.…
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Tinos island

Tinos

Tinos is known all over Greece, as well as abroad, thanks to the rich pilgrimage of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. However, this island, with its extensive and rich history in the art of marble sculpture, possesses many unique features: its villages, real masterpieces of architecture, the …otherworldly landscape of Volax with the round…
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Syros island, Cyclades

Syros

Glamorous, crowded, beautiful, is very impressive from the first moment with its two states, Ermoupoli and Ano Syros, built amphitheatrically on their hills. Vaporia with the imposing mansions which gaze at the sea, Agios Nikolaos, the renonwed Apollon theatre and the Town Hall with its square, San Tzortzis of Ano Syros, Fragosyriani of Markos Vamvakaris,…
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Sikinos Harbour at night

Sikinos

Authentically Aegean, exceptionally quiet, without fanfare and away from dazzling lights, Sikinos is anti-conformist and carefree. It is addressed to people who want to experience the holidays as an actual break from the workload and the hectic pace of the city. Chora, on the edge of the winds and under the roof of Pantanassa, Alopronia…
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Schinousa

Schinoussa

This island is just a stride, where you can reach each accessible place after a few hours walk. Schinoussa addresses those who dream of peaceful vacations far away from the noise of the major tourist destinations of the Cyclades. Taste fava beans, local goat, string beans and fresh fish. Swim in Psili Ammos, Tsigouri and…
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Church of Panagia Chryssopigi in Sifnos

Sifnos

First and last image: Ochre and white. Kamares rest on the foot of Agios Symeon and it is reflected on the waters of Agia Marina. The next image will be given by the route towards Apollonia and the villages around it that are tied with dozens of stone walls, which are called “louria” (straps) by…
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Serifos island

Serifos

The first view offered to the visitor of Serifos is the infertile slopes with the “petrified figures” which bring to mind the myth of Perseus. Then, the ship turns to the port and the visitor views Livadi and Chora dominating with its cube-shaped, white-washed houses hooked on the conical rock, looking just like frozen white…
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Santorini island, Cyclades

Santorini

Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece that has gained international recognition while being the most beautiful and romantic place to visit. What Santorini brings to every visitor’s mind is the myth of the lost city of Atlantis, the Volcanoes [Palea (“Old”) and Nea (“New”) Kammeni], the famous Caldera and the…
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Rineia or Rhenea . Cyclades

Rinia

Rineia seems to be connected to Mykonos and Delos with invisible chains for centuries. Besides, according to Thucydides, when Polycrates –the tyrant of Samos– was dominating with his fleet in the Aegean, he occupied Rineia and he dedicated it to Apollo of Delos chaining it to Delos… Those who own a private yacht will find…
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Polyaigos

Polyaigos

Polyaigos (Polivos) is an exotic paradise. The colours, the feeling it offers and the images that will stay in your memory forever cannot be easily described in words! One dip in the turquoise waters with the seabed of the bright white sand and you will feel as if you were reborn. This wondrous microcosm waits…
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Naoussa, Paros island

Paros

Call it cosmopolitan and you will be right. Call it famous in the Aegean, “birthplace” of water sports, gathering place for the young, favourite place of poet Seferis, and you will be right once again. Paros ignites people’s imagination since the pre-Historic times. Due to its abundant marble of high quality, it inspires artists. Due…
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Naxos island. Cyclades.

Naxos

Naxos: a small, independent world, right in the middle of Cyclades, at the heart of historical development, fertile, rich in history, abundant in ancient, Byzantine and Venetian monuments, full of customs, music and festivals organized all year long. A hospitable place welcomes you with plenty of frangrances and flavors of cheece, wine and vegetable varieties…
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Milos

Milos

A woman of dazzling beauty, like the statue of Aphrodite which made the island famous all over the world: this is how Milos looks like if you circumnavigate it. White, green, pink, red, yellow colours inedibly paint the slopes and the volcanic rocks with the amazing forms and shapes. Turquoise and green-azure waters, caves, rocky…
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Mikri Venetia, Mykonos island

Mykonos

Since the ‘60s Mykonos has been a symbol of cosmopolitan and luxurious vacations and it is one of the most world-renowned Greek travel destinations. It is also famous for being a gay friendly destination. Hundreds of celebrities, members of the international jet set, artists, intellectuals, tycoons, ship owners and politicians have all strolled through the…
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Makronisos

Makronisos

The dark historic memories cast their shadow on that almost uninhabited islet, only 2.5nm away from Lavrio. The memories are even harder for the thousands of Greeks, who had a relative that survived or died in the “disciplinary” hellholes. From 1912 to 1952, Makronisos operated first as a concentration camp, then as a quarantine for…
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Kea-Tzia

Kea-Tzia

There are destinations which attract your whole attention you right from the beginning, like a strong cocktail that burns the throat while there are those that capture you little by little, with a kind and calm manner that sooths the soul. Kea belongs to the second category. It gently calls the visitor to share its…
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Koufonisia

Koufonisia

Since the 1990s, Koufonissia have been the ultimate alternative holiday destination of Cyclades. Before that no tourists used to visit these islands, which is the main reason why their natural beauty is unaltered, with their beaches remaining unchanged, their caves unearthed and their mainland remaining virgin. Keros – the bulwark of protocycladic art – as…
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Kythnos. Kolona. Cyclades

Kythnos

Despite the fact that Kythnos is very close to Attica, it has managed to maintain the traits of an Aegean island. First of all, there are two small towns on the island, Chora and Dryopida, that look completely different from one another, yet both of them have simple and good-hearted people. Secondly, the island’s coastline…
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Kimolos_Psassa beach

Kimolos

Venetians and Francs called it ‘Arzantiera’, meaning Silvery, for the gray-white rocks that welcome you emerging from a shiny and crystal clear sea, as you reach the port of Psathi. Some wanderers believed that the name was given after the ancient silver quarries, which have not been found up to the present day. The inhabitants…
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Keros

Keros

Keros is a semi-mountainous, steep island extending over a surface of 15km2 only 1,5NM northeast of Pano Koufonisi. Its highest peak is Mount Papa (at 432m). The coastline of Keros is 27km long and it is not very fragmented. Hence, there are only a few natural harbors and coves on the southern and northeastern side…
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Ios Chora

Ios

Ios is a beautiful multifold island. An island well-known in places such as Australia, Italia, Austria, America, England, France, Sweden, Germany for the nightlife which the visitors enjoy but it is also filled with traces of its long history. With golden sandy beaches and crowded or more deserted and peaceful beaches. With its Cycladic and…
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Thirasia

Thirasia

Thirasia belongs to Santorini volcanic complex, along with Thira, Aspronisi, Nea Kameni (volcano). Your first view over the island is on the small boats that organize trips ending at Korfo, the small port of Thirasia with the excellent fish taverns. It is only a few kilometers away from the busy villages of Kaldera, Thira, though…
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Iraklia

Iraklia

The pristine natural landscapes, the very few cars, the idyllic beaches where you can spend hours swimming and the peaceful and hospitable people are only some of Irakleia’s qualities. Take a walk through the alleys of Panagia, swim under the imposing rocks of Merihas, gaze upon the landscape from the top of Mountain Papas, explore…
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Donousa

Donousa

Windswept Donoussa stands in the northeastern extremity of the Cyclades. It is a majestic place for those who seek alternative, or just tranquil holidays away from the urban/consumer morals. Go up the alleys of Stavros. Quench your thirst with the unforgettable water in Mersini. Discover the shipwreck of World War II in Kedros. See the…
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The historical acropolis of Delos and old ruin site

Dilos

Delos is known worldwide as one of the most important and impressive archaeological sites of Greece. The entire island is an archaeological site and has been included on the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO since 1990. Moreover, it has been an important natural botanical museum with a wide variety of plants for thousands of…
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The island of Gyaros

Gyaros

Ferries traveling to Cycladic tourist destinations usually pass by Gyaros. However, this arid and treeless islet east of Kea and north of Syros is of great historical significance. It was once a place of exile, imprisonment and torture for thousands of Greek communists. Over 22,000 political prisoners were sent to this islet in the second…
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Antiparos

Antiparos

Antiparos is an island waiting to be discovered outside the usual routes of those who enjoy the island hopping in the Aegean. Over the last years many Greeks and foreigners have explored it and some of them have even built their villas here. Others hang around in their yachts and sailboats along its magical coasts…
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Andros island

Andros

Seafaring lifestyle, natural and material wealth, abundant water resources, Andros Chora with unique architecture and history, museums that attract summer visitors, exquisite sandy beaches, magnificent villages hidden amid the lush vegetation, monasteries with long history, castles, dovecotes, windmills and watermills. The second biggest Cycladic island after Naxos extends over a surface of 374km2 and it…
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Anafi island

Anafi

Anafi is a well hidden secret in the southernmost edges of the Cyclades, 12 n.m. from renowned Santorini. Its geographical position and its difficult, up to now, coastal access, did not allow the island to develop touristically as other islands of the Aegean did. Thus, from the moment the legendary Argonauts discovered it up until…
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Amorgos

Amorgos

One of the most beautiful destinations in the Cyclades. In many areas it seems still untouched by the tourist development. The special energy that Amorgos gives out, its unique nature, the contemplation from high above, the old paths which bring out the pleasant herb odour, the lovely deep blue color of its waters, make visitors…
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Halki island, Dodecanese

Halki

Imagine an island, very close to cosmopolitan Rhodes, but completely different. Imagine that you can walk the entire island in 4 hours! With castles, ancient ruins, country churches and windmills. With beaches without water sports, and roads without cars. With a Chora of incomparable aesthetics. Imagine an island destined for other biorhythms, for the coolest…
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Dodecanese - Tilos island

Tilos

Several castles, a ghost-village, a late-Byzantine monastery, a capital city built below the ancient acropolis, paved paths surrounded by aromatic shrubs and beaches with colors of all hues between blue and green; these are definitely but few advantages for such a small island. Tilos inspired M. Karagatsis, it was the country of the ancient poet…
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Dodecanese - Telendos

Telendos

A sea channel like this is the best inspiration for fables through the centuries. The legend speaks about the beautiful “Potha”, daughter of the king of “Telendos”, who fell in love with the prince of Kasteli right accross. Kalymnian divers talk about an entire sunken city that remains undiscovered. Telendos resembles a rock in the…
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Port of Symi. Dodecanese

Symi

The atmosphere of this special island state charms from the very first moment: a historical preservable settlement unique in size and elegance that reminds us of the bloom it experienced in the 19th century when it had 25.000 residents. The “humanlike” mansions with their doors-mouths and windows-eyes are all located overlooking the sea, with daring…
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Dodecanese - Saria

Saria

The small island of Saria offers unparallel pictures and landscapes that spark the imagination. Would you like to visit the Doric Nisyros (one of the four cities in Karpathos) or see how Saracen pirates turned the ancient palaces into small arched houses? Would you pull down the church of Agia Sofia to discover new parts…
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Rhodes island at night. Dodecanese. Aegean Islands

Rhodes

Rhodes, the Island of the Knights, as it is called, has much to offer to its visitors and it is hardly surprising that its economy relies to a great extent on tourism, since it is a timeless destination. The Rodini park, the ancient Kamiros and the ancient Ialyssos, the Valley of the Butterflies and the…
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Patmos. Dodecanese islands.

Patmos

The sacred island of Patmos is also known as the island of the Apocalypse and Jerusalem of the Aegean. A powerful, formidable energy runs through the alleys and gets mixed up with the fragrance of the pine trees and the warm and cold currents that caress you during your tour around the island. A tour…
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Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, Nisyros

Nisyros

Provided with full information about the volcano of Nisyros, the youngest of the volcanic centers of Greece, you wander dazzled by the special aura of this small island. Panagia Spiliani and the Venetian walls, Mandraki, Emporios and Nikia, the thermal springs and the impressive buildings of the baths, the black chochlaki and the «vastadia» become…
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Dodecanese - Leipsoi

Leipsoi

On the one hand, the nature, the deep blue sea, the indented coastlines, the low altitudes – on the other hand, the humble human presence, the terraces, the olive groves, the chapels, the vineyards well-known for their wine and a whole settlement above the harbor. This is Leipsoi, a dot in the vast Southeastern Aegean,…
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Leros, Dodecanese island

Leros

In the ancient Greek language, “Leros” means mild, gentle. In fact, it seems that this description about this island is still true, as it has a gentle development of tourism, smooth rocks, fertile valleys and enclosed coves. The shape of the island reminds us of an ideogram. Moreover, on this island you can find a…
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Kos island. Dodecanese

Kos

The fact that Kos is among the first ranks of the most popular Greek vacation destinations is not a matter of chance. Its antiquities, its monuments from the early Christian times and its medieval castles alone are enough to place the island among the top spots of that list. But the Asclepeion, the Nerantzia Castle…
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Dodecanese - Kastellorizo

Kastellorizo

The island of only 9 sq. km is a sea junction between Europe and Asia, on the edge of the Aegean. One and only, wonderful settlement, which impresses with its colorful houses of excellent architecture and its churches, is built upon the arid rock. Similar admiration is caused by the Blue Cave, one of the…
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Karpathos island. Dodecanese

Karpathos

If you set out for Karpathos it means you have already made up your mind. You don’t accidentally hop on a boat and get off when you reach Pigadia, neither do you get on a plane and fool around until you land on the Afiartis runway. You have made your decision from the start and…
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Kasos island. Dodecanese.

Kasos

A key expression in Kasos is “na s’evro” (to meet you). If you know how to use it, you can open any door in Kasos. It can be a greeting welcoming you to the island, but it could also open the gates of paradise. But what else is Kasos, apart from a lonely, bushy rock…
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Dodecanese - Kalymnos

Kalymnos

If one wants to talk about Kalymnos and be honest, should first get to know its sea and love it, because, as long as there is sea, we can talk about Kalymnos and its people. We can talk about a special kind of people who are passionately attached to a dry rock in the Aegean;…
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Astypalea. Dodecanese islands

Astypalea

What is a …Cyclades island doing in the Dodecanese? Or, better yet, what is a …Dodecanese island doing in the Cyclades? Well, one way or another, this is the physiognomy of Astypalaia. An island on the “borderline”. A cultural bridge between the two large island groups. An island located between Amorgos and Kos that never…
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Agathonisi island. Dodecanese

Agathonisi

This island is a little hidden paradise. Traditional way of life and authentic island hospitality in a landscape with minimal human intervention – that is what is offered for carefree and completely anti-conformist holidays.
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Arkioi island, Dodecanese

Arki

Arkoi is the largest of a cluster of small islands and islets located on the northern side of the Dodecanese. Arkioi (ancient Arkitis) is a rocky island with little water in its soil and relatively little vegetation. The island is tiny, the houses few.
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Rhodes - The Old Town of Rhodes

The Old Town of Rhodes

SIGHTS TOWN

Faliraki Beach, Rhodes

Faliraki

BEACHES

Rhodes - Architecture

Architecture

ARCHITECTURE CULTURE

Rhodes - SCUBA DIVING

SCUBA DIVING

ACTIVITIES DIVING

Rhodes - Archangelos

Archangelos

SETTLEMENTS SIGHTS

Valley of the Butterflies – Monastery of Kalopetra

ACTIVITIES PATHS

Rhodes - Museum of Modern Greek Art

Museum of Modern Greek Art

CULTURE MUSEUM

Rhodes - Palace of the Grand Master

Palace of the Grand Master

CULTURE MUSEUM

Rhodes - The Valley of the Butterflies

The Valley of the Butterflies

NATURE MONUMENTS SIGHTS

Rhodes - The fortress of Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas)

The fortress of Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas)

CASTLES-TOWERS SIGHTS

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Hagios Pavlos (Saint Paul)
On the road that goes through the southern side of Rhodes, 3km before reaching Kattavia village, you will find a peculiar abandoned church with a tall bell tower. Around it there are a few small guest houses. Here was the seat of the Azienta San Marco agriculture company, founded in 1935 by the Italians, who brought to the area 45-50 families of Italian settlers to work. After the outbreak of the Word War II, the settlers left and were replaced by farmers from Kattavia. After the Italians withdrew in 1948, the building complex was permanently abandoned. A little further, on the opposite side of the road, the so-called prison of Saint Paul is located, which used to be a silk processing factory. The dirt road to the left of Saint Paul’s prison leads after 5-6 kilometers to the small monastery of Agios Georgios tis Nyfis (Saint George of the Bride).
Eleousa
It is a deserted village in the lush foothills of Mount Profitis Elias. It was built by the Italians (Campochiaro was its original name) and loggers from Northern Italy settled there. Their goal was not only the utilization of timber, but also the care of the forest for tourist reasons –on Profitis Elias used to stay the official guests of Rhodes. The square of Eleousa is surrounded by imposing buildings. The largest of them featuring the arches and the small curved balconies was the market. The prison was right across (now operating as a school). On one end of the square stood the sanatorium and on the other the church of Agios Charalambos (Saint Charalambos), which was once a Catholic and now is an Orthodox church. A few meters further from the square there is a large round cistern, filled by the waters of the adjacent Koskinisti spring. It is the home of a quite large population of gizani. This is all that remained of a population that no longer exists, that of the Platy stream.

Profitis Ilias
Approximately 25 klm from the city of Rhodes, in the area of Salakos, Profitis Ilias is the third highest mountain of the island, after Attaviros and Akramitis. On the summit stands the monastery of Profitis Ilias, and just before the summit the road leads to the hotel “Elafos and Elafina”. It was built between 1929 and 1932 and initially housed Italian army officers. The hotel takes its’ name from the local species of deer, called dama dama, which still livesin the wild throughout the island. “Elafos and Elafina” is a renovated and modernized establishment, which retains its’ original architectural traits and the area of the mountain is ideal for walks, hiking and exploring the local flora and fauna. Opposite the hotel stands the currently abandoned de Vecchi mansion, the country house of the Italian Governor of the Dodecanese from 1936 to 1940. The mansion is also believed to have been built to be used as a summer home for Benito Mussolini. North of the compound, one of the paths leads to the small church of Taxiarhis, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view.

Olive trees have grown on the island since ancient times. Due to the extended periods of sunshine and the age-long experience of farmers, the oil produced on the island is of excellent quality. The Rhodian extra virgin oil has a bright yellow-green color, a rich flavor and a delicate aroma and it has been awarded a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). In the Women’s Agrotourism Association “Apolloniatisses, in the Apollona village, local women revive traditional recipes and promote the exceptional quality products of their region. You can find melekounia, marzipans, trahana, souma, liqueurs, wine, sweet preserves (spoon sweets) and herbs from the mountain Profitis Elias.

Tel. number: +30 22460 91284.

A retail outlet is also available in the city of Rhodes, on 68, Apostolou Pavlou Street, tel. number: +30 22410 64322

Pure Rhodian honey, honey-based sweets (melekounia, Turkish delights, jelly sweets, mandolata (nougats), pastelia (sesame seed candies), mandoles (roasted and caramelized almond bars) as well as cosmetics based on beehive products (body lotions, soaps, shampoos, etc.) can be found at “Melissokomiki Dodecanesou” (Beekeeping Company of the Dodecanese), on the 5th km of Tsairi–Airport national road, in Pastida village. On the company’s premises a Museum of Apiculture and Natural History of the Bee has been created.

Tel. number: +30 22410 48200, www.mel.gr

Local Dishes

Many villages on Rhodes have their own specialties. In Archangelos “rifiki” is cooked, namely a kid or lamb backbone stuffed with rice and roasted in a clay pot overnight. In Lindos there is “giaprakia”, a mixture of minced meat, rice, onion, tomato pulp and dill weed wrapped in vine leaves and cooked in tomato juice, lemon juice and olive oil. “Dolmadakia” with lentils and rice wrapped either in vine or cyclamen leaves is considered a similar dish. “Gamopilafo” (served at weddings – “gamos”), namely pilaf with rice and chickpeas cooked in seasoned beef broth also comes from Lindos. Messanagros is famous for “koulouria” (the stress goes on /i/), a soup with handmade oblong pasta and goat meat that is traditionally served at weddings.

Generally speaking, Rhodes has a long tradition in handmade pasta, such as the hand-shaped spaghetti with garlic or the “loukoumi” (a kind of “hilopites”, which is egg pasta resembling tagliatelle). This tradition has probably something to do with the short presence of the Italians on the island. One of the most widespread traditional dishes is “pitaroudia” with onions, namely fried croquettes with finely chopped onions, finely chopped tomatoes, mint and flour. There are many kinds of “pitaroudia”: with chickpeas purée or courgette or minced meat.

A few more traditional Rhodian dishes are “loukoum pilaf” (hilopites and minced meat cooked in the oven), “fakoryzo” (lentils and rice) and “soupioryzo” (risotto boiled in cuttlefish ink). The most common side dish in the Rhodian cuisine is “pligouri” (bulgur) or “pergouri”, as it is called in the local dialect. It can accompany from meat to fish and it is served even in the most expensive restaurants.“Rouzetia” (Pearly razorfish – in other places they are called “katsoules” or “chtenia”) is a great seafood delicacy (meze). They are small red sandfish that are served fried, accompanied by “skordalia” (garlic dip). You will certainly find this dish in the fish taverns of Stegna beach. You can also look for Symian small shrimps in fish taverns. They are very small shrimps that are caught in the neighboring Symi island and they are served fried and crispy.

Sweets

Of all the Rhodian sweets, the one that stands out is “melekouni”, a pastry offered at weddings and christenings. It is made of toasted sesame seeds, thyme honey, whole almonds, orange zest and cinnamon. “Melekouni” is soft and diamond-shaped. “Ritseli” is a sweet preserve made only on Rhodes of grapemust, dried figs, quinces and watermelon peels, while “talagoutes” are pancakes made with honey, walnuts, sesame seeds and cinnamon. Generally speaking, honey is widely used in Rhodian confectionery, as it is one of the products for which the island is famous.

Wine

Rhodian wines are considered unique. The mainly wine producing regions are the mountainous areas of western Rhodes and particularly the villages Embonas, Hagios Isidoros and Siana. The vineyards cover 600 hectares of land and the varieties grown are Athiri and Muscat, which produce white wine, as well as Mandilaria (or Amorgiano), which produces red wine.

Rodofili (white fume), Chevalier de Rhodes (red wine), Zacosta and Archontiko (red wines, aged in oak barrels), Granrose (rose wine) and the white wine Muscat de Rhodes, produced from Muscat grapes, are worth a try. Many grape growers make their own bulk wine, with which they supply the island’s taverns and coffee houses. It is said that Rhodes was the first island in the Aegean where a vineyard was cultivated and wine was produced. What is certain is that the Rhodians as early as the 7th century BC were the greatest wine merchants in the Mediterranean. The mountainous areas of the west side (Embonas, Hagios Isidoros, Siana) produce the best grapes. For the winemaking process, the varieties Athiri and Muscat (for white wine) and Mandilaria or Amorgiano (for red wine) are preferred.

Other Drinks

Souma is the Rhodian tsipouro and it is produced by distilling grape pomace. It is a strong alcoholic drink and it is available in two types: single and double distilled (the strongest). Siana is regarded as the top village of souma production and every year in August the Honey and Souma Festival is held there, where you can taste this traditional drink as well as buy some from the distilleries that are located in the village. Rhodes produces two liqueurs that you will not find anywhere else. The Sette herbe (seven herbs) is a drink made by the Franciscan friars that lived in the monastery of Kira tou Filerimou (Our Lady of Filerimos). It was renowned for its digestive properties and in order to produce it the friars used seven herbs: sage, oregano, thyme, wormwood and three more which are kept secret. Today it is produced by a Rhodian distillery and you can find it at the stall that is operating in front of the entrance of the monastery.

The second traditional Rhodian liqueur is Koriandolino. Its characteristic feature is the sugar-coated coriander branch that is inside the bottle and looks like a small tree. Its production is limited because the bottling has to be made by hand and it is available in various flavors. It has always been the classic gift everyone visiting Rhodes brought back to friends and relatives.

On the island the only beer Premium Lager type is also produced.

You can travel by plane and arrive at Diagoras Airport flying with Olympic Air or Aegean Airlines. During the summer months there are daily flights from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, while there are scheduled flights to and from Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Mykonos, Santorini, Kos, Karpathos and Kastelorizo.

In summer, Rhodes is also served by many charter flights that depart daily from various European countries (mostly from England, Germany and the Scandinavian countries).

The flight from Athens to Rhodes lasts approximately 40 minutes.

The Diagoras Airport is 14 km away from the city of Rhodes.

Athens International Airport (El. Venizelos):

+30 210 3530000

Diagoras Airport:

+30 22410 88700-1

You can travel by boat and arrive to Rhodes by ferry boat from the port of Piraeus. Depending on the itinerary, the boat makes intermediate stops at the islands of Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos and Kos. Daily itineraries are scheduled from the port of Piraeus. The boat usually departs at 19:00 in the afternoon and travels overnight. Therefore, you should consider the possibility of booking a cabin to sleep. There are also ferry boat itineraries scheduled from Santorini and Heraklion.

The voyage from Piraeus to Rhodes lasts 12 to 17 hours, depending on how many ports the boat stops at before reaching Rhodes.

Piraeus Port:

+30 210 4226001

Port of Rhodes:

+30 22410 22220

+30 22410 28666

Offices of the Greek National Tourism Organisation: +30 22410 44330

Municipality of Rhodes:

<+30 22410 46200

Police Station:

+30 22410 27506

Tourist Police Station:

+30 22410 27423

Post Office:

+30 22410 35560

Rhodes General Hospital:

+30 22410 80000

*Banks are located in the new city of Rhodes, around the port. Bank opening hours: Monday to Thursday 08:00-14:30, Friday 08:00-14:00.

Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found everywhere.

USEFUL LINKS

www.rhodes.gr

www.visitgreece.gr