Dodecanese - Rhodes

Rhodes is located in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population, with a population of 117,007 and also the island group's historical capital. Administratively the island forms a separate municipality within the Rhodes Regional Unit, which is part of the South Aegean Region. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Rhodes.

The city of Rhodes had 53,709 inhabitants in 2001. It is located northeast of Crete southeast of Athens and southwest of the Anatolian coast in Turkey. Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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. Rhodes town is the capital of the island, and the capital of the prefecture of the Dodecanese.

Because of its size and historical and geographical importance, Rhodes has a plethora of interesting archaeological sites, beautiful ruins, valuable Byzantine churches and impressive Venetian fortresses to visit. Wonderful beaches complete this appealing picture.

Paradisi is a village on the west coast of Rhodes, very close to the main International Airport Diagoras. It is a traditional village with a mixture of traditional and modern homes. The lively village square is where the main socializing happens, and here you will find many cafeterias, bars and restaurants. The village’s charming name Paradisi is derived from the superb heavenly gardens with exotic flowers brought by Arabs. During the Italian occupation it was referred to as Villanova. Nowadays, the name Paradisi suggests the beauty of the surrounding area.

The main road from Rhodes Town heading south, goes straight through the village, and one should be careful when driving through the village as the road is extremely narrow and takes a lot of traffic, including buses, trucks, cars, pedestrians and of course motor bikes. Paradisi is well known for the bakeries and you can find many of these situated on the main road emitting an enticing aroma onto the streets. The beach is pebbled and well-organized with water sport facilities, canteens and sunset views that you could never tire of.

There are many Byzantine churches in and on the outskirts of the village. The celebration of Saint Marina at the end of July is something one should make a point of seeing. The locals are extremely hospitable and one can enjoy the festivities outside the church.

 

 

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