|By far the largest in the Dodecanese Group of islands, Rhodes is located between the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas, about 11 km from the coast of Asia Minor (Turkey). The island's climate is very healthy. The winter is mild, the summer is cool, it is sunny most of the year and the rain helps the growth of the vegetation.|
|“Diagoras” international airport is located 17 km from the city of Rhodes. There are regular international charter flights to and from most European cities, mainly during the summer, as well as a large number of charter flights to and from the rest of the world. Moreover, there are daily flights to Athens, Heraklion (Crete) and Thessaloniki, as well as regular connections with the neighbouring island of Kastellorizo, Karpathos and Kassos. Regular ferry lines connect Rhodes to Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Cyprus and Turkey, while extensive boat and hydrofoil services connect it with all neighbouring islands.|
|Situated at the crossroads of cultures and continents, Rhodes has always been the ideal meeting place for people of different origins. In fact, the ancient city of Lindos became a major naval force, controlling all sea traffic through these waters. One of the Seven Sages of antiquity, Cleovoulos, was born in Lindos. In the 5th century BC, the three city-states Lindos, Lalyssos and Kamiros merged in the newly built city of Rhodes, one of the finest and best-organised cities of the ancient world. In 42 BC, Cassius conquered Rhodes, bringing about its commercial and cultural decline. In 330 AD, when the capital of the Roman Empire was moved to Constantinople, the strategic and commercial significance of the island increased. In 1309, the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem settled in the Dodecanese, leading Rhodes once more into economic, political and cultural contact with all of Western Europe. Commerce and wealth came to an abrupt halt when the island was occupied by the Turks (1522-1912) and later by the Italians the Germans and the British (during World War II). Since 1947, when Rhodes was finally united with Greece, it has resumed its contemporary cosmopolitan character, being the leading tourist destination in Greece and one of the most preferred meeting places for conventions and other events of international caliber.|
|Sightseeing & Monuments|
|Rhodes has many important archaeological sites, evidencing a history of over three thousand years old. The island is an open museum, where traces of the past can be found even on a humble village house. Possibly the most archaeological site, Kamiros is located on the southwest part of the island; the Acropolis of Lindos, just over the name-sake village is accessible only on foot; the Doric Temple of Athina is found inside the Medieval City of Rhodes, the largest active medieval town in Europe, declared “A Monument of World Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO; no more than a kilometer from the city centre, on the splendid hill of Aghios Stefanos, lie the remains of the Hellenistic Era of Rhodes including a restored theater, a stadium and the remains of the Temple of Apollo; crowning the Filerimos Hill, are the remains of the ancient Lalyssos, together with a Byzantine castle and a 13th century monastery; located 52 km from Rhodes town, the magnificent Venetian Castelllo Castle dominates the traditional village of Kritinia; in Paradissi, at 25 km from Rhodes, the Valley of the Butterflies is an enchanting natural park with lush vegetation and running water where every year, from June to September, swarms of multi-coloured rare Panaxia butterflies lay their eggs.|
|Feasts, national anniversaries, weddings and organized events such as festivals organized by the Cultural Societies of the island, are the perfect opportunities to preserve tradition. The Carnival and Shrove Monday are celebrated in a unique local way, while, in the summer, many municipalities, such as the Municipality of Lindos, organise feasts with local dances and songs, where one can have free food and wine. Some of these are: the Flower Festival, last week of May, International Opera/Choir Festival (summer), August Wine Festival (organised at the wine-producing villages), Summer Cultural and Artistic Activities Series, June 15 - September 30, the "Sound and Light" performances at the Grand Masters' Palace, in the Medieval Town, the Cultural Festival of Rhodes (including Greek tragedies and folk dances), held at the open-air medieval theatre, Folk Dance Show, open-air, in the Medieval Town, during the summer at the Rodini Park Theatre, the rest of the year in Rhodes, Life and Tradition: 2-hour performance (traditional wedding customs, comedy sketches, live popular Greek music), held at the National Theatre.|
|People & Lifestyle|
|The people of Rhodes are polite, hospitable and heavily influenced by the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the island. Very social, comfortable with strangers, warm and lovers of their island and their country, they work hard, they are very clever and open-minded.|
|Sports & Leisure|
Improve your chances, train in Rhodes
Rhodes has a long and glorious tradition in sports since the first Olympic Games of antiquity, and it is no wonder that today hosts many athletic events of international calibre.
The hosting of Games and athletic events offered Rhodes an excellent opportunity to develop new facilities, refurbish existing ones and acquire invaluable organizational know-how.
The athletic facilities and the know how of Rhodes combined with the excellent climate, the natural beauty, the modern infrastructure, the top quality accommodations and the legendary Greek hospitality make Rhodes the ideal destination for training!
Training in Rhodes will ensure you not only excellent athletic results but also an unforgettable experience.
Well-organised clubs and facilities offer a great variety of sports activities, from hunting, fishing and hiking, to skydiving, horseback riding, mountain climbing, walking, bird watching, sailing, windsurfing, and golf.
|Nightlife & Entertainment|
|Rhodes is the quintessence of cosmopolitan entertainment by day and night. Having an exciting time on Rhodes is easy, with a tremendous variety of sightseeing, well organised sports facilities, dreamy beaches, high quality shopping, cafes, restaurants, recreational events, the Casino del Roses, the water park, night dubs, cabarets with floor shows, a microcosm of genuine high class entertainment The renowned Greek-style night entertainment may start with dinner in a wide choice of places, to be followed by a visit to the medieval theatre for an exciting folklore performance and later on, at a night club with popular Greek songs and dances. Nights on Rhodes are always young...|
|Gastronomy & Shopping|
|Scenic outdoor cafes in the Medieval Town or by the beach offer the pleasure of communication in the international language of leisure, while taverns and restaurants of Rhodes satisfy every taste, featuring everything from local Rodian to Mediterranean and international cuisine specialties. During the Village Wine Festival, participants can taste Greek delicacies and sample all local wines, inducing the locally produced CAIR champagne. Rhodes is an endless bazaar. Apart from the fair-priced fashion goods, many shops offer locally fashioned top quality handmade items, including jewellery, ceramics, furs, olive wood creations and leather goods.|
|A full member of the European Federation of Conference Towns (EFCT) and the Organisation of World Heritage dues, Rhodes offers a safe and peaceful environment, rich in natural beauty and cultural tradition, enhancing the spirit of communication. An ideal "neutral" choice for political meetings, it has hosted major political events in the last fifty years. In addition to political events, Rhodes is a favourite choice for international scientific conferences, such as the 1990 2nd International Meeting of Bacterial Epidemiological Markets, the 1994 1st International Congress of Hormones, Brain and Neuropsychopharmacology, the 1st Mediterranean Congress of International Diagnosis of Thorax Disease and the 1998 XVI World Congress of the International Society for Heart Research. Featuring a plethora of state-of-the-art convention halls housed in ultra-modern hotels, the island of Rhodes is rightfully "in the chair" of meeting destinations. Offering all it takes in order to convene and confer in style.|