Rhodes, called the island of roses, is
mountainous, with beautiful beaches. On the plains, figs, wheat, and citrus
fruits grow. Rhodes flourished after 408 B.C. when the ancient Doric cities of
Ialissos, Lindos, and Kameros banded together. Great temples were erected, a
modern code of law was instituted, and the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of
the ancient world, was built at the entrance to the harbor to symbolize Rhodian
strength and wealth. In 1291, the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem took refuge o
Rhodes and reigned for two centuries. The street of the Knights, from the 15th
and 16th centuries, leads to the Palace of the Grand Masters, not far from the
port, and in an area of easy walking and nearby shops and sidewalk cafes.
An excursion to Lindos is recommended,
at least for those who have never visited Mykonos or Ibiza, since this city of
whitewashed houses, narrow sidewalks, and small shops is reminiscent of those
other two charming islands. A climb to see the temple on top of the hill at
Lindos offers a view of the sea, the beaches, and the surrounding area.