the sunny island of Greece
von 25.07.2018 bis 01.08.2018
The fourth largest island of Greece (78km long and 39km wide) and the main island of the Greek archipelago Dodecanese
in the southeast Aegean Sea is one of the sunniest islands in the Mediterranean, with about 300 days of sunshine a year.
Even in autumn, the temperatures are still around 25 degrees.
Scenic beauty, original villages, mild climate, lush vegetation and last but not least the culture attracts
the vacationers in their spell.
The Old Town of Rhodes Town, in the north of the island, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988
and is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval cities in the world.
The historic city center is surrounded by a 4km long wall enclosing buildings
like the Grand Master’s Palace of the Order of St. John. This imposing castle, which once served as a fortress of the knights,
is perched on the highest hill on the outskirts of the old town. Today the palace is used as a museum of Greek and Roman sculptures and mosaics.
Like any Greek city that dates back to ancient times, Rhodes Town has its Acropolis.
From Monte Smith (as the acropolis is called) you have a fantastic view over the city, the coast and the sea.
Especially nice is the flair of the old town with many small restaurants and cafes, from which you can watch the hustle and bustle.
of the marketplace can observe.
About 35 years ago Faliraki had nothing more than a few fishermen’s houses and a 6km long beach.
Today, the former fishing village is especially popular with young people and families.
In the city there is a wide range of hotels (tip: LTI Amada Colossos), restaurants, bars and shopping.
Faliraki Beach delights with soft sand and crystal clear water. One attraction is the Waterpark Faliraki
(one of the largest water adventure parks in Europe) which, with its various themed areas, is extremely popular, especially with families.
The tourist town attracts with its white houses, narrow and winding streets
and the second largest acropolis in Greece attract many guests. The castle ruin is situated on a 116m high rock.
It can be reached via steep footpaths. At one of the paths drivers offer donkeys for a ride.
From the top you have a wonderful view to the sandy beach and former trading port, as well as over Lindos.
Valley of the butterflies
One destination in the interior of the island is not to be missed: the Valley of the Butterflies,
also called Butterfly Valley or Petaloudes in Greek. World famous is this valley, as the name already announces,
for the countless butterflies that take up residence here every year from June to September.
In the gorge, which is about 5km long, there are several waterfalls, a stream and a small lake.
For visitors, about 1.5km of it is accessible via stairs.
The butterflies sit on the branches and floors of the valley and form incredible patterns.
A hike up to the serviced monastery of the Virgin of Kalopetra is also worthwhile,
to enjoy the view over the west coast of the island.