Jun 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Many Roads Lead to Rhodes

A senior’s voyage around the world, sooner or later one will lead to Rhodes as there are many roads (and boats) that lead to Rhodes. Selecting a divine patron was serious business for an ancient city. Most Greek cities played it safe and chose a mainstream god or goddess, a ranking Olympian — someone like Athena or Apollo or Artemis, or Zeus himself. It’s revealing that the people of Rhodes chose Helios, the sun, as their signature god. What makes Rhodes such a different place than most Greek islands? One thing is for certain, it is not just the long and beautiful beaches, or the 300 days of sunshine it offers. It’s sea and sand that seniors can find all over Greece.

Are you a “Sun Worshiper?”

Indeed, millennia later the cult of the sun is alive on this island and well on Rhodes, and no wonder: The island receives on average more than 300 days of sunshine a year. No wonder Rhodes has long been a destination for senior sun worshipers from colder, darker, wetter lands around the globe. But Rhodes gives seniors more than a mere tan. A location at the intersection of the East and West propelled the island into the thick of both commerce and conflicts. The scars left by its rich and turbulent history have become its treasures. Hellenistic Greeks, Romans, Crusader Knights, Turks, Italians — all invaders who brought some destruction but who also left behind fascinating artifacts. The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is geographically located close to the Turkish coasts. In the ancient times, it was famous for its Colossus, the giant statue of god Helios (the Sun) that used to stand above the port.

To some, it’s just plain Rodos

Rhodes (or Rodos) is a small island in the Aegean Sea, the largest of the Dodecanese Island complex. It is located at the southeastern edge of the archipelagos of the Dodecanese, facing the shores of Asia Minor, which are about 9-10 kilometers away. The population of the island exceeds 110.000 and it covers an area of 1398 square kilometers. It is one of the largest and most beautiful Greek islands. Its landscape mainly comprises of hills and low mountains, which in their majority are covered with forests. It’s climate is subtropical and healthy.

Seniors enjoy the refreshing westerly winds moderate the summer heat and the winter that is nearly always mild with long periods of sunshine. Excavations conducted in Rhodes have brought to light a good number of important monuments from the three most significant cities of the island: Lindos, Kamiros and Ialysos. Their ruins, especially those of Lindos, are worth a visit by all seniors who come to the island, for they surely will admire the civilization of ancient Greece. Visit the Ancient towns of Rhodes, Kamiros or Lindos, where civilization flourished more than 2400 years ago. Acropolis of Rhodes and Lindos are visited every year by hundreds of thousands of senior tourists from every corner of the globe.

5 Reasons to visit Rhodes Island

Usually I find a good listing of things to See and Do wherever we travel. ¬†Here are 5 suggested things for seniors to see and do in Rhodes. In addition, here you will find the Valley Of Butterflies and the Tsambika Monastery. This “Definitive Guide for Rhodes Island” will fill in your itinerary for excursions, nature and places to visit. Good Ol’ TripAdvisor recommends that you check out several of their 49 recommended attractions¬† and WikiTravel provides more “fill in the blanks” on the Island. A nice video guide will also draw your attention including a traditional Greek dance.

Year-Round Fun for Seniors

Rhodes today offers the visitor a plethora of all year round leisure alternatives, covering all types of tourist activity. The natural beauty of the island, the monuments from her long and often turbulent history, a rodosmopolitan character, as well as the warm hospitality generously offered by the people of Rhodes, and an excellent tourist infrastructure boasting the most modern hotels, all captivate the senior visitor. So grab your passport, find a cheap flight and hotel and head for Rhodes. It’s just one cool scene. jeb

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