The Beautiful Island of Rhodes – Part 1

In August I was lucky enough to get a chance in spend some time on the beautiful island of Rhodes, a Greek island. The island is one of the largest in the Dodacanese Islands and is also the  group historical capital. It is also called the Island of the Knights,named after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land.

According to Wikipedia “Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe”.

I won’t bore you with a blow by blow account of my trip, I will simply tell you about some of my favorite places. Please bear with me, i only had my iPhone with me at the time.

Prassonissi Beach

This beautiful beach is on the coast of the island is a water sport lovers paradise. With sea on 2 sides of the beach: the Aegean and the Mediterranean. Occasionally if couple of years they meet. What makes this beach different is that it gets very windy and thus many kite boarders, winder surfers and other enthusiasts flock to the beach. Some even bring their camper vans and sleep over. Everywhere you look you see brightly coloured sails and people doing back flips and all sorts. Very impressive.

Prassonisi beach

Just a small part of the beach on one side

Rhodes Old Town

The Palace of the Grand Masters is a beautiful old palace set in the medieval part of Rhodes town. It has massive domed ceilings, beautiful tiled floors, ornate candlesticks, incredible decorated fireplaces and so much more. There is a whole section dedicated to the beautiful art housed inside, mostly done with gold leaf and depicting religious scenes. It is beautiful to walk around and admire the luxury the inhabitants lived in.

The Palace of the Grand Masters

The Palace of the Grand Masters – not my own picture

Some of the art

Some of the art

Around the town you see young children dressed up as Saints, I think. They charge you to take pictures of them and with them and if you don’t give them money they get very irate. However it is a very strange sight.

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One of the children

There is more but that will come in part 2. Stay tuned!

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