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Rhodes

Guide to the island of Rhodes Greece

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in Greece and one of the largest in the Aegean sea. It is situated approximately 17,7 km from the coasts of Turkey. The population is about 130.000 persons , of which approximately 60-70.000 reside in the city of Rhodes.

Rhodes called from its local people the Rose of the Aegean and deserves its name because is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Rhodes has the oldest tourist history from all the islands of Greece and is famous all over the world, this wonderful Greek island together with the islands of Kos, Crete, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu attracts the most tourism in Greece. Many Hollywood films have been filmed here ,that helped more the global advertisement of Rhodes and its beauties.

The island of Rhodes has an excellent tourist infrastructure with modern Hotels of every category .During the summer hundreds of charter flights landing at Rhodes airport in Maritsa. Rhodes town is divided to the new town and the old town from the big medieval wall. The beauty of Rhodes town is the old town with the medieval castles ,houses and streets. At the port the visitor will find Mandraki with its circular Market and the Cafes at the seafront ,further on are the Art Deco buildings of the Metropolis from the times of the Italian occupation. At the entrance of the port are the famous two columns with the two Deers at the place where supposed to be the colossus of Rhodes .The ancient city of Lindos is another of the main
Attractions of the island.
Major national, European and world congresses are held on Rhodes each year. All congress facilities ranging from ancient theatres to the medieval palace or ultra-modern buildings meet the necessary operating and technological specifications.
Fairs.

The Municipality of Rhodes
Every two years the International Cartoon Fair takes places for ten days in October with the participation of cartoonists from all over the world. The best are awarded prizes.
Also every two years is the International Women Artists of the Mediterranean Peace Forum held in September in which women artists from all countries of the Mediterranean participate. It includes exhibitions and cultural events.
The Municipality of Petaloudes
From 11th - 23rd August every year takes place in Rrhodes the Panhellenic ( all Greece) Handicrafts Fair and is held in Kremasti. Many cultural events are organized in parallel with the fair.

Surrounding islets:
To the southwest lie the islets of Karavolas and Ktenies with wild natural beauty while to the west is a group of islets in the triangle between Alimia - Halki - Rhodes. The islets of Makri, Strongyli and Strongylo lie of Rhodes' western coast.

map of greeceGeographical location of Rhodes: the wonderful island of Rhodes as we can see in a map of Greece located in the south east Aegean in the Dodecanese south of Kos and east of Karpathos and Crete. Very near to the north east part of the island are the Asia Minor coast.

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