Ancient buildings in the old city
Important buildings in the old section include the Grand Hospital of the Knights and the Palace of the Grand Masters. The city constructed in 408BC,according to designs, by the Greek architect Hippodamus of Miletus. During the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC Rodos island had a very important political power. The city became a renowned cultural center, particularly noted for its plastic and pictorial art.
The Knights of Saint John
The first recorded master of the Order is known only by the name of Gerard. He ran a pilgrim's hospice in Jerusalem at the time of the first Crusade in 1099. In 1113, Gerard and his hospital received papal recognition as a religious order. Gradually, the order assumed military responsibilities to defend pilgrims and to protect Christian land from the Muslims. The Order of the Hospital, likethe Order of the Temple, played an important role in fighting the crusades. But the Hospitallers continued to provide medical services and hospitality for travelers.
The Christian kingdoms in the Latin East ended with the fall of Acre in 1291. The Knights of the Hospital first fled to Cyprus, but they conquered the island of Rhodes in 1310. In Rhodes the Knights ruled their own kingdom and defended western Europe against the expanding Ottoman Empire. At this time the Order organized itself into the seven tongues (or langues): Provence, Auvergne, France, Spain, Italy, England, and Germany. Later the Spanish tongue was divided in two (Aragon and Castile-León) creating eight tongues in all. In 1480, the Knights successfully defended the city of Rhodes against a Turkish assault, but the Turks returned and captured the island in 1522. The Knights withdrew from Rhodes looking for a new home base. To prevent the further spread of the Ottoman Empire, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V gave the island of Malta to the Knights.
The Knights left Rhodes in 1522, the island of Malta became Christian Europe's next line of defense against the Ottoman Turks. The Siege of Malta in 1565 began in May with the arrival of 40,000 Ottoman Turks led by Dragut, the Governor of Tripoli. Although heavily undermanned, Grand Master Jean la Valette successfully defended Malta from the Turks until early September. The critical and decisive moment of the siege came on September 7, 1565. On that day, 8,000 additional troops led by Garcia de Toledo landed in Mellieha Bay. The arrival of these reinforcements forced the Turks to end the siege the following day
Dat trip to Turkey
Bookable trough the hotel or localy in Pefkos i think we booked this through Pallas Travel and cost about 40 to 50 pounds each.
Early morning pick up, driving to Rhodes Town where we travelled by Katamaran across to Turkey this took about an hour.
Once we arrived we where all taken for breakfast which inlcluded bread, cheese, salad and yoghurt etc very continental.
After we had eaten we set off to a Turkish Delight Factory (see picture 2) this was very intresting and we even got to sample some of the different types they make. And of course like nearly everybody else we bought some.
We were then taken into Marmaris were we would have time to browse the shops on our own.
Light & Sound Show
In holiday season tourists are attracted by a 'Light & Sound' Show featured in the Municipal Park. I wasn't lucky enough to be able to see it but from what I heard from people who enojyed the show it seems to be a real attraction both for adults and for children.
Well, as I said above, I never experienced the show myself so the only pics I can share are those of the Municipal Park in daylight.
Car rental agencies in Rhodes are two a penny, pretty much all charging the same prices and stocking their fleets with similar cars. We spotted at least four dozen other orange Kia Picantos on our run-arounds. After poking around some websites and doing some price comparisons we settled on Rodos Cars for a short-term rental to kick off our holiday.
I was a bit worried when we were picked up at the airport and the driver said 'this isn't your car, I need to take you to our office to sign the paperwork.' My first thought was they were going to run a bait-and-switch scam on me, but he was true to his word. They still couldn't let me have our actual car that day, so we drove the nicer car to the hotel and were told they would swap it that night. They hadn't showed before bedtime, but come morning they had swapped cars for us and left the keys behind. But I still had a set of cars for the first car and had to make a call and drop those off at a hotel up the road...and they were late picking the car back up.
Free pick up from the airport
Different offices around the island meant we could drop off the car locally
Timekeeping was terrible, what with swapping the cars and keys it seemed we spent a lot of time waiting for them to show up
Roadside assistance non-existent
There are other companies on the island you can browse on http://www.rodos.com/rentacar-rh.htm, I would definitely book with a local firm for the best rates. Many offer a discount if you book for 3 days or more and of course prices are cheaper outside the summer season.