Mar 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Discover the Isle of Rhodes

To date, I have written travel blogs on Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.  One of the other smaller islands in the Mediterranean is Rhodes. It is one of the largest and most fertile of the Greek Islands, and is one of the most visited by seniors due to its combination of beaches, archaeological sites, and extensive medieval town. The climate is particularly good, with the weather typically sunny and mild.

While many of its beaches are gravel, not sand; the island can boast 300+ sun days in a year. Consequently, you will stumble into tourists and hotels and beaches full of deck chairs for rent, and into shops and restaurants that cater to these tourists. Many seniors come here simply for the history of the site. Rhodes has one of the longest and most splendid histories of any place in the world. Inhabited since Neolithic times, the island had important Bronze Age settlements, and at the dawn of the historical era was already famous for its three powerful cities of Lindos, Ialysos, and Kameiros.

Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek god Helios, erected on the Greek island of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC. 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 for senior visitors and is chuck full of history.

So Where is it Exactly, Seniors Ask.

Rhodes is an island in Greece, located in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and with a population of just over 117,00. It is also the island group’s historical capital. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Rhodes. It is located northeast of Crete, southeast of Athens and southwest of the Anatolian coast in Turkey.

The city of Rhodes is located at the northern tip of the island, as well as the site of the ancient and modern commercial harbors. The main air gateway, Diagoras International Airport, is located 14 km (9 mi) to the southwest of the city in Paradisi. The road network radiates from the city along the east and west coasts. Matt Barrett has a great site dedicated entirely to Rhodes filled with helpful information on Old Town, New Town and much more. If you are so inclined to simply “roam”, this site is dedicated to “senior roamers.”

The island has a central mountain range, the Attaviros Mountains. Rhodes town is the capital of the island, and is located at the most northerly point on the island.  It is divided in two parts, the Old City and the New City. The construction in the Old City testifies the presence of the Medieval and Turkish rule. The New City is like any other. Rhodes Old City contains a variety of sites of archaeological and architectural interest. These include the 5th-century BC settlement of Ialysos and a church of the Knights Hospitallers from the 14th century AD.

Wheat, tobacco, cotton, wine grapes, oranges, vegetables, and olives are grown. Tourism is the most important industry; fishing and wine production are also sources of income. This last link will provide addition information prior to your visit.  Maybe bone up on a few words in Greek, okay? ασφαλές ταξίδι = Bon Voyage!  jeb

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