Rhodes Island has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. Many nationalities and cultures have left their mark on Rhodes over the centuries including the Persians, Macedonians, Ptolemies, Seleucids, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans.
In 1988 UNESCO made the Medieval Old Town a world heritage site. There has been a city since 408 BC. Built at the northern end of the island sheltered by the mountains of the Turkish coast the harbours have been a trading centre for centuries.
Richard the Lionheart came to Rhodes in 1190 AD and the city as it stands today was rebuilt by the Knights of St John. The Knights finally bought the city in the 1300s AD.
All the influences of the many cultures have created the relaxed, diverse and cosmopolitan island that exists today.
Rhodes is the third largest island in Greece and has a varied landscape. This ranges from verdant mountains with rivers and springs to arid rock formations. There are villages, archaeological sites, large bays and small coves to explore. The inhabitants celebrate festivals throughout the year the main one being Easter.
Rhodes affords the visitor a plethora of entertainment options including a Casino, Theatre, Concerts and various Museums. One can also visit the Valley of the Butterflies, the Deer Park and numerous Archaeological sites. Rhodes also provides for a number of sporting activities including Golf, Horse Riding, a Flying School, Scuba Diving, Jet Skiing, Paragliding, Windsurfing and Waterskiing. Rhodes also has an excellent Water Park.