Rhodes: synopsis of history and beauty

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and the most east of the Aegean islands: the capital gave its name to this beautiful island rich not only beaches and breathtaking views, but also tracks that are a compendium of the story itself Europe and the Mediterranean. It is also famous for the legendary Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, under whose feet apart passed the ships to reach the working harbor, Rhodes was also nicknamed Rose Island or the Hibiscus, names all related, however the hugely successful nature of the place, caressed by the warm winds and characterized by a crystalline sea. The greek poet Pindar wrote that the island was born from the union of Apollo, god of the sun with the sea nymph Rhodes. Through this island passes the whole story: the Achaeans, 1500 years before Christ by the Dorians who founded Lindos. After the Romans it was ruled by the Byzantines and then by the Knights Hospitaller in the Middle Ages, who left remarkable traces. It was also Italian from 1912 to 1947, when he returned to Greece.

Rhodes the capital, between both the most mundane places of Greece, is characterized by a medieval center surrounded by four kilometers of walls: it is great especially in the evening to walk in the picturesque alleys of the old town, stopping in the many restaurants and doing shopping among the many handicraft workshops. To visit the Byzantine Museum and the Archaeological Museum, which houses the magnificent statue of Venus of Rhodes. A few kilometers from the capital, Mount Smith, with the evocative remains of the Temple of Apollo. Fifty kilometers from Rhodes there is the beautiful Lindos, a village of white houses and narrow streets, lined with small and cozy bars and restaurants that offer the delicious island cuisine. Lindos has a fortress which are the remains of the fortified castle of the Knights Hospitallers, built in the same place where once stood an acropolis and a sanctuary dedicated to Athena.

But let’s get to the beaches of east coast which is characterized by sandy beaches and few tourists. The western beaches are pebbly: among these, Lindos is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Greece, also for its clear sea. But there’s also Kallithea, close to Rhodes, surrounded by green pine trees and palms, also famous for its thermal baths built by the Italians in the early twentieth century and restored in recent years. Do not forget the beautiful Prassonissi, located on the southern tip of Rhodes; in front of the golden sandy beach. The wind and the waves are perfect for those who love windsurfing. But also Afandou, fully equipped sand and pebble beach or the picturesque Agati.

The great actor Anthony Quinn (Zorba the Greek) loved above all a magnificent bay that bears his name: one of the most beautiful beaches of Rhodes, this small sandy cove with flat stones suitable for sunbathing, you throw in a sea emerald green color that the sandy bottom and rocks make it ideal for snorkeling. All around pine trees lapping on the sea and help to make this picturesque narrow bay. And then the wild Fourni or the well-equipped and welcoming Tsampika fine golden sand, which stretches for 800 meters and flows into pure water and shallow making it, ideal for little ones.

The typical meal begins with Mezedes (appetizers) made of fresh Greek salad, fried fish and delicious meatballs (Keftedakia). Try the Meliasti, Feta cheese wrapped in dough Fillo, topped with honey and sesame or the Pitaroudia delicious croquettes chickpeas; Soupiorizo, risotto with squid; the delicious and simple Skorthopsomo, garlic bread and olive oil. Exquisite him Chtapodi Xithato, marinated Greek octopus.  Do not miss the salt Psarosoupa, fish soup with potatoes.

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