Rhodes (Rodos) is the largest of the twelve Dodecanese islands (‘dodeca’ means ‘twelve’) located in the southeastern part of the Aegean Sea. It is located northeast of Crete, southeast of Athens and just off the Anatolian coast of Turkey. In Pindar's ode the island was said to be born of the union of Helios, the sun god, and the nymph Rhodos. The Rhoda is a pink hibiscus native to the island. Rhodes is often called the island of the Knights, after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who conquered the island during the Crusades. Rhodes was also famous for its gigantic statue, the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Medieval Town of the City of Rhodes, is a must-see and a World Heritage Site.
MUST VISIT: the Valley of the Butterflies where large numbers of tiger butterflies gather during the summer months, and the remains of splendid Lindos, an 8th Century BC Dorian city. With its luxurious five star hotels and magnificent beaches, Rhodes is one of the most popular and refined tourist destinations in Europe, well connected by frequent flights worldwide.