Located in Rhodes Town, the Knights Hospital is in nearly perfect condition. It was the most important building of the knights as it underlined the origional purpose of the Order, which was to house and treat suffering pilgrims from the Holy Land, and later the Crusaders. It began to be built in 1440 and was completed in 1484. It now houses the archeological museum of Rhodes. On the ground floor, to the left and right of the entranceway, are arched openings to the store rooms which are now used as comercial shops.
If you want a birdseye view of the city go to the clock tower where for 4 euros you can climb to the top and trade in your ticket for a drink at the bar when you come down. This building, like many of the buildings in the Old Town is owned by a Turk and the Greek who rents it financed the restoration himself. Rhodes, which was not a part of Greece when the exchange of population between Greeks and Turks took place after the Asia Minor Disastor and fall of Smyrna in 1922 (It became part of Greece in 1948 after having been Italian since it's capture in 1912). Because of this there are many Turkish people living in the old city, though they are considered Greeks of the Muslim Faith rather than Turks.
The imposing rock in the middle of the town has a height of 116 metres, and is the most visited objective of the region.
On the top of the rock there is the famous Palace of the Knights of Lindos.
This is an attraction for the numerous tourists that come here.
In the inside of the castle you can see the ancient remains of the Byzantine Church of Saint John that was built in the 13th century.
The ruins of a Roman temple are also to be seeing on the top of Acropolis.
The Temple of Athena Lindia is the main attraction of this archaeological centre.
The temple, built in Doric style, is an important part of the town and it is visible from a big distance.
The most visitors come on the Acropolis on the back of the donkeys, but I wanted to make this distance in the walk, and to feel the pulse of the history under my feet.
The castle walls of Rhodes town were origionaly Byzantine but the main contribution that the first Knights made to the fortification of the town were to repair them. These major works which gave the walls their final form were carried out by the Grand Master d'Aubusson. During this period the round towers appeared and became dominent because they were able to deflect cannonballs, unlike the origional square towers which were much more vulnerable. The thickness of the walls was increased to twelve meters, and the moat made more than 21 meters wide. The walls are approximately four kilometers long and were divided into sections, each section being guarded by one of the Order's 'Langues'. The walls of the castle are a fascinating example of Medieval Military architecture, reflecting a period of transition during which the use of cannons brought about great changes in defences.
Faliraki is situated on the eastern side of the Rhodes Island, 15 km wait from the capital.
The strand of Faliraki has the finest sand of the whole island and the water of the sea is crystal clear and has a turquoise blue colour.
The station has a population of 400 inhabitants, but the number of the tourists is every year bigger.
A wonderful beach, numerous restaurants and bars, an agreement park, called Luna Park, a Water park, a Butterfly House, and a Snake House, are a few of the many attractions of the station.
Faliraki is a vacation place for the young people, which like the loud music, the dance and the distractions.
The important edifice is placed on the top of Acropolis of Lindos, and it was built in Doric style.
The present remains are the ruins of a temple, built in the 4th century, on the fundament of the old temple.
The temple is not big. It has a length of 22 metres and a width of 8 metres, but the position of the building, on the top of the Acropolis creates the impression of a great edifice to it.
The temple was rebuilt during the Italian occupation in Rhodes.
Lindos is an old town, with a traditional Greek architecture, with white, small houses and very narrow streets.
The traffic of the cars or of the other vehicles in the inside of the town is not possible, but you have the possibility to cross the road by foot, or on the back of the donkeys.
The most important way in the town is the Acropolis Street that begins in the Elefterias Square, in the centre of Lindos, and then goes further, to the Acropolis Hill.
It is a pleasure and a beautiful experience, to strong along the narrow alleyways of the town.
Siana is a little village on the western side of the island, situated at a distance of 68 km from Rhodes City.
The village lies at the feet of the Akramitis Mountains, in the middle of a pine forest.
About the village, on the top of the mountain, there are the ruins of an old Knights fortress.
The church in the centre of the village is an imposing building, with a wonderful architecture.
The village is famous for the natural products made here: the delicious honey, or the home-produced schnapps, the self made carpets and tablecloths
The tourists of the island come here every day, by coach, by car, or motorcycle, or by bus.
The village is very attractive and you can enjoy the beauty of the place, or you have the possibility to eat a good traditional meal in the taverns of the village.
Four kilometers past Afandou is the village of Kolymbia. It offers beautiful beaches and modern hotels and apartments. There are a number of good shops and i always buy my herbs and spices from these.
At the end of the road, the main beach is to the right, but if you go to the left it takes you down to another beach with a small harbour and a good bar and resteraunt. We much prefer this beach with its rocky outlets.
Good for snorkeling near the rocks.
Argyrokastro Square inside the Castle walls of Rhodes town is a small and picturesque square with a fountain in the middle, the fountain is in an early christian Baptistry.
Argyrokastro Square contains one of the oldest buildings around the castle area which now houses the Historical and Archaeological Institute, to the left of the Archaeological Institute is the Folklore Museum.
The Faliraki Beach is a much appreciated strand of the Rhodes Island.
The sand of the beach is very fine and the water of the sea is crystal clear and very clean.
Faliraki is a station for the young people that come here for distractions and relaxing.
The excellent and comfortable hotels are luxurious and offer to the many tourists a lot of good conditions to spend their time here.
The Luna Park in Faliraki is a very popular recreational area with a lot of amusement possibilities for the young or not so young people.
You can spend many beautiful hours on the space of the park.
A giant wheel in the middle of the park is a big attraction for the tourists.
A small golf place, many carousels, mechanic plays, and other attractive installations are the attractions of the park.
The largest village on Rhodes, Archangelos is, like Afandou, set slightly back from the West Coast to protect from pirate raids. During the times of the Knights of St John, the village was protected by a castle, erected on a hill in the center. The castle can be reached by climbing the steep hill, or by a very hair raising drive up the hill along the narrow streets which are barely wide enough for a single car.
Despite the influx of tourists to Rhodes, Archangelos has kept its traditional character probably more than any other village on Rhodes. Its age-old industries of Carpet and Tapestry weaving and pottery are still practised here. However, it is for its leather boots that Archangelos is most famous. These tall leather boots are worn by the local farmers in the tall grass to protect them from snakes, and there are numerous shops in the town which will make them to measure.
The surrounding area is characterised by long, sandy beaches, small harbours and rather fruitful landscape. Tsambika bay, at the foot of a steep cliff on top of which is the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, is a wonderful place to relax and do some swimming.
Afandou is the second largest village on Rhodes. It's name means 'invisible', due to it being positioned behind a small hill to keep it out of view of pirates. It is a mix of a lively yet traditional Greek community, with a population of 6,500, and a bustling tourist resort. The beach of Afandou is a fifteen minute pleasant walk from the centre, or a nice ten minute 'toy train' ride, with its small cantinas.
It is situated on the Mediterranean East Coast of the Island. It's beach is mostly pebble, but is starting to turn into a lovely sandy beach, and it regularly wins the Blue Flag award.
Afandou also has the Islands only Golf Course, although I wouldn’t recommend trying 18 holes in the middle of August!
The main road in the village is a long stretch of bars and shops, however bars, restaurants and shops litter all the streets in the village centre. There are also several Indian and Chinese restaurants in addition to the local Greek restaurants.
A walk around the residential streets is a delight, where you can see the various types of houses and the locals going about their daily business. You will definitely not be dismayed by the community spirit visible as you walk around the town, something we seem to have lost here in the UK.
No matter where you are staying in Rhodes, the lovely little village of Afandou should be a port of call for you.
In the harbour of Faliraki you can rent a lot of yachts, ships or boots, for a trip on the water sea.
The captains of the ships are very good certificated and they made these trips to a good price for you.
The trips in the direction Lindos or Rhodes City are to be booked direct by the Captain of the ship.
The ships are modern, comfortable and in a good condition.