Rhodes: Introduction

(Ro-dos in Greek)

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Rhodes is a Greek island located in the eastern Aegean Sea. Lying to the south-west of Turkey it is the largest of the Dodecanese islands which also include Kos and Symi. The island is a popular haunt for tourists, which is perhaps unsurprising considering it often enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year. Rhodes is also a place of historical significance and is most famous for being the being home to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

Today, its visitors enjoy exploring the island's natural beauty and wealth of sandy beaches. In recent years, the resort of Faliraki has become popular among young groups of travellers who are attracted by the numerous water-sports on offer as well as the bars and nightclubs. However, the area's party vibe has also earned it a reputation for binge drinking and rowdiness. While Faliraki may appeal to certain types of visitor, there are plenty of places on the island of Rhodes for those looking for a more relaxing trip including the beautiful town of Lindos. The area is overlooked by an awe-inspiring acropolis which once acted as a natural stronghold and was successively fortified by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Knights of St John and Ottomans.

Rhodes is also famous for its delicious food which varies across the island. Up in the mountains recipes focus on meat and dairy, while on the coast restaurants mainly offer dishes of fish and seafood. Season to season the food on offer also varies with islanders mainly eating fried food and salads in summer as opposed to rich, warming stews and soups in the cooler months.