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Rhodes, known also as Rhodos (Greek: Ρόδος, Ródos, [ˈroðos]) is the biggest and most known island of Dodecanese. With 300 days of daylight for every year, Rhodes island is basically well known for the dreamy Old Town and the stunning shoreline resorts.
Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site, situated among the best-saved Medieval Towns of Europe, with solid walls, a noteworthy castle and exquisite stone manors among paved paths.
Nowadays, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. A drive around the island will bring you to eminent shorelines, noteworthy touring and beautiful towns. Kallithea and Faliraki are the most impressive resorts with numerous tourist facilities and restaurants. Due to the grand size of the island, guests will discover various beaches for all inclination, Prassonissi, Ixia and Theologos, for instance are popular beaches for windsurfing and kite surfing.
A flawless spot is Lindos village with the Acropolis on top. The Acropolis of Rhodes is one of the finest specimens of Hellenic style of architecture that blended harmoniously with the surrounding environment. Although the most beloved visitor spots are found near town, you can likewise discover numerous secluded places for tranquility and privacy upon exploring the island. The Valley of Butterflies is found in the western side of Rhodes island, about 27 km from Rhodes city and 5 km to the south east of Theologos village. It is an unique natural reserve, consisting of a lush green valley that gets overwhelmed in spring and autumn with butterflies of the Panaxia genus, species Quadripunctaria Poda, as its name indicates. Consistently, from May to September, an impressive number of guests come to watch these stunning species and stroll through slender ways.
Blessed with interesting geology of the coastline, Rhodes is a spectacular spot for diving enthusiasts. Furthermore, over the last years, many Rhodes diving centers have opened in tourist places, such as Ixia, Ialyssos, Faliraki and Kallithea. Exotic Rhodes diving sites include the Mediterranean Reef in Lindos Saint Paul’s Bay, the Giannoula Shipwreck in Plimiri beach, the Great Cave Cleobulus Tomb in Lindos, the Complex of Caves in Pentanissos islet and many more, some sites being ideal for beginners, while others are only for experienced divers, found at larger depth.
Close to the beach of Kallithea in Rhodes is the impressive building of the springs. This is a wonderful sample of Italian architecture, where many young couples come to unify their bonds through marriage each year. Since ancient times, the springs of Kallithea in Rhodes were famous for its therapeutic powers and many people not only from the surrounding islands but also from the coasts of Asia Minor and other Mediterranean countries come to Rhodes to get healed with baths in these springs.