Rhodes is an island located in the eastern Aegean Sea in Greece. In terms of land area and population it is termed as one of the largest Dodecanese islands. The Rhodes island has been famous worldwide historically since its Colossus of Rhodes was listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. Today, it is considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
The island of Rhodes is shaped like a spearhead and it has a coastline of approximately 220kms.
The island of Rhodes has very rich resources of flora and fauna. The island has mountainous regions in its interiors and is covered with forests of pines and cypress. The shores are very rocky but some crops like wine grapes, olives, citrus fruit, vegetables etc. are grown in certain land strips on the island.
Rhodes Island has a history of earthquakes and one of which even destroyed the Colossus of Rhodes and caused minor damage to some old buildings here.
Rhodes also has a very rich historical background and the predominant religion here is the greek orthodox. There is a noteworthy Roman Catholic minority on the island, many of whom are progenies of Italians who endured after the end of the Italian livelihood. Rhodes has a Muslim minority, a remnant from Ottoman Turkish periods. The Jewish community of Rhodes dates back to the 1st century AD.
Along with the popularity of being a famous tourist destination it is also one of the favourite spots for scuba divers. The underwater world of Rhodes is considered a paradise with numerous varieties of marine habitat. The marine life is in plenty here and the ships wrecks on the sea bed prove a haven for the divers which help them see the history with their own eyes. These ship wrecks also house some varied species of fishes and marine life.
The Rhodes island houses many golf courses, churches, castles, resorts etc. You can get in to this island via a place or ferry service and also by bus. Some must do activities when you reach this island are sunbathing, snorkelling, diving, surfing and climbing Mt Attavyros.
The Rhodes island is considered safe to stay and the water and food here is also of good quality. Some things to buy from Rhodes are sponges, ceramic watches, olive oil, bottle of wine, religious icons etc. Jewellery stores are very common here and colourful sea shells are a popular souvenir item.