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Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands, and one of the most tourist-orientated islands in the region. The landscape is fertile with a wide rang of flora and wonderful beaches and charming villages. Most tourists think of Rhodes as just a holiday destination, but the island has a very rich cultural and historic background. Rhodes first inhabited in the Neolithic era, and later in the 700 BC it became part of the Dorian Hexoplois, an amalgamation of three cities Kos , Knidos and Halkarnassos. The island prospered both cultural and economy and was a major influence in the region until the 3 rd century. Rhodes has experienced many internal struggles and wars on its soil from Persians to Romans. In 1309 the Knights of St. John, came to the island and stayed for 213 years when the Ottomans finally defeated them. The Knights left behind the very impressive castle and palace of the Grand Masters. In 1947 after 35 years occupation by the Italians, the island finally became part of Greece .

The island has many interesting places to visit, the ancient cities of Ialaysos and Kamiros, monasteries and small villages where you can experience local hospitality. The main resorts line the east coast, which has some of the best beaches on the island. The west coast has not always been a tourist magnet, but today is developing into a major area for tourists. The south coast is quieter and it is possible to find a place in which you can escape the from the busy tourists areas. The island is also popular for watersports and other activities. Rhodes offers more then sun, sand and sex, take time to explore the island you will find it enriching.


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