Rhodes (Greek: Ρόδος, Ródos [ˈroðos]) is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of land area and also the island group's historical capital. Administratively the island forms a separate municipality within the Rhodes regional unit, which is part of the South Aegean administrative region.
The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Rhodes. The city of Rhodes had 50,636 inhabitants in 2011. It is located northeast of Crete, southeast of Athens and just off the Anatolian coast of Turkey. Rhodes' nickname is The island of the Knights, named after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land.
Historically, Rhodes was world famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Medieval Old Town of Rhodes is characterized as a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
The Old Town was built by the Venetians and features a classic Venetian layout, with its characteristic walls surrounding the city and the trench outside. In the old town is built the imposing palace of the great magicians and many other attractions you will discover during your walk in the area. To the west of the city you find the Monte Smith Hill with its rich archaeological finds and unbelievable views of both the sea and the city of Rhodes, while west of the city you find the Cretan region with one of the oldest parks on the planet Rodini Park.
Points of interest on the map:
• Old Town • Colossus of Rhodes • Palace of the Grand Magicians • Rhodes Aquarium • Valley of the Butterflies • Monte Smith Hill • Rodini Park • Lindos • Casino of Rhodes