Rhodes

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Rhodes lies 270 nautical miles from Piraeus port (Athens). It has an area of 1,400 sq. km. and a coastline length of 220 km. The continual sunshine -an average 300 days of sunshine a year- and the mild climate make the island suitable for viticulture. Its superb climate, the fertile soil and the geographical position are the main factors for it’s popularity with a population today of c.90,000. More than 1,250,000 visitors a yearcome to enjoy the island’s natural beauty and to get acquainted with its long history.

The airport of Rhodes has daily charter flights from many European cities. Flight time from the capital of Greece (Athens) is approx. 40 minutes while l arge ferry boats go daily between Piraeus (Athens) and Rhodes (the trip lasts from 13 to 20 hours).

The island abounds with interesting places to visit, such as the Valley of the Butterflies; the village of Trianda near the site of ancient lalyssos (Ialissos) on the top of Filerimos hill, where the 15th century monastery of the same name also stands, along with the ruined temples of Athena and Zeus Poliea in the ancient acropolis; Kameiros (Kamiros) and the ruins of the Dorian city; Kalithea with its thermal baths; Koskinou, Afandou, Faliraki and Rodini.

But above all don’t miss Lindos. The contrast between the brilliant white houses and winding lanes of this more recent village, it is built around two crescent beaches. The ancient acropolis towering above it from its austere pinnacle makes for one of the most stunning views in Greece. The temple of Athena lindia (4th century B.C.) gradually coming into view as you ascend the stairs is a sight never to be forgotten.

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