Luxury in Rhodes: The island of the Knights, a truly blessed place both cosmopolitan and traditional
Rhodes is one of the biggest and most fertile of the Greek Islands. The climate is particularly good, with the weather typically sunny and mild for eight months a year. The island stand out as a top choice for a luxury summer holiday with its forested, mountainous interior, Crusader castles, frescoed churches, and one of the best medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Rhodes is also a major tourist attraction for those who like hanging out on sunny beaches. On a good year, nearly two million visitors come to stay. Most of the locals speak at least English and German. The walled old town of Rhodes has been given Unesco World Heritage status, and always impress with its sandstone architecture and flying buttresses over cobbled streets. There are still some areas where mass tourism has not yet penetrated too much. A wide range of accommodation possibilities include luxury villas for rent and the price-value ratio of the high-quality accommodations is very good.
Rhodes lies on the south-east corner of the Aegean Sea, just opposite the coast of Asia Minor and is 80 kilometres long and 38 kilometres wide. The main characteristic of the geography of Rhodes is the coastline dotted with various amazing coves and beaches with golden sands, colourful pebbles and crystal waters. The western coast is more lush and woody than the eastern one but also has rocky beaches. The inland of Rhodes is hilly and forested, offering a lush and flowery landscape. The rock-rose is so abundant here that it has been named the Island of Roses. Rhodes has one of the longest and most impressive histories of any place in the world. Inhabited since Neolithic times, the island had significant Bronze Age settlements. The statue of the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the world, which was 31-metre-high, stood over the harbour of Rhodes. It was destroyed in 226 BC by a violent earthquake. During this period, Rhodes became an important naval power where art and literature thrived.