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Rhodes Island


Rhodes Island is located just south of the south west coast of Turkey in the eastern Aegean Sea. The nearest Turkish town is Marmaris.

I had come by ferry from Piraeus to visit the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population. Rhodes Island is for many reasons a major tourist destination in Greece.

Rhodes Island

For me Rhodes was a stopover to Turkey. But I did like to see some of the island. After all, it's full of history and remains of the history which were found date back to the 16th century BC.

Rhodes was an important island due to it's location in between Athens and the Greek city states and Egypt and for example the Persian Empire (who invaded Rhodes in the 4th century BC).

But after the fall of the Greek city states and the Roman Empire Rhodes was still flourishing.

After the Byzantine empire decline in power, Rhodes became more independent. The Knight Hospitaler took over control of the island.

Many of the city's famous monuments, including the Palace of the Grand Master, were built during this period.

Nowadays Rhodes is not only popular for its history, it's basically the beaches and beautiful Mediterranean sea that attracts tourist.

Beach at Rhodes Island, Greece

Accommodation

Rhodes as a major tourist destination has accommodation in all price ranges, from 5 star hotels to hostels and camp sites (I spend a couple of nights several km from Rhodes City). Check Tripadvisor or Agoda.com for recommendations.

Getting There

Rhodes is very well connected to other Dodecanese island, Athens and the Peloponnesus. The international airport is also connected to many main European cities.

The island has many ferries a day to many Dodecanese islands as Kos, Lesbos, Patmos and Crete. Further there is an international ferry to Marmaris (bike can come on the ferries).

The fortress of Rhodes

Around the island is a great bike ride although I would recommend to do a complete roundtrip in a day. Take a few days as from Rhodes Town to the far south point of the island is still almost 80km.

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Continue traveling to Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Corinth and cycle to Athens or go back to Corfu and Meteora.

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