Rhodes and the Dodecanese Travel Guide

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Plan Your Rhodes and the Dodecanese Vacation

Wrapped enticingly around the shores of Turkey and Asia Minor, the southernmost group of Greek islands called the Dodecanese (Twelve Islands) lies at the eastern edge of the Aegean Sea. The Dodekánissa archipelago first grabbed the spotlight when Rhodes was colonized by the crusading Knights of the Order of St. John in the 14th century. Today, of course, the Visa-wielding Order of the Holy Camcorder now besieges its famed capital, Ródos town, but happily Kos’s native Hippocrates—father of Western medicine—seems to have immunized many of the inland landscapes of blissfully peaceful Symi and Patmos against tourists.

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Rhodes and the Dodecanese Hotels

Rhodes has more hotels per capita than anywhere else in Greece (except for Athens). Most of them are resort or tourist hotels, with sea views and easy access...read more

Restaurants

Rhodes and the Dodecanese Restaurants

Throughout the Dodecanese, you can find sophisticated restaurants, as well as simple tavernas serving excellent food. On Rhodes and Kos, beware of many...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Rhodes and the Dodecanese

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Rhodes and the Dodecanese Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Medieval Magic: As much as sun and sand, the monuments built by the Knights of St. John some 700 years ago are what draw visitors to Rhodes—no... Read more

  • Rhodes and the Dodecanese's Best Beaches

    The "Twelve Islands" have lured visitors since ancients from around the world came to be healed at the Asklepieion on Kos and medieval crusaders... Read more

  • The Great Colussus

    At the end of the 4th century BC the Rhodians commissioned the sculptor Chares, from Lindos, to create the famous Colossus, a huge bronze statue... Read more

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