Rhodes, the island of the Knights, is one of the most popular travel destinations in Greece. On the southeast corner of the Aegean Sea lies one of the largest islands, both in size and population. It is no coincidence that this island was one of the first developed in the field of tourism, since both its nature and several unique places of interest, such as the medieval town of Rhodes, make it stand out. The Carians, the island's first inhabitants, were followed by the Phoenicians, who were succeeded by the Minoans in 1500 BC. In about 1100 BC, the Dorians settled in the island and founded significant towns: Lindos, Kamiros and Ialysos. However, the order of the Knights of Agios Ioannis left their trace more than anyone else that inhabited the island before them. They remained in Rhodes from 1309 until 1522, built the medieval town, which is in a very good condition even today, and the island experienced many years of prosperity during their stay. In 1522, the island was conquered by the Turks, who converted several buildings of the city into mosques, baths and residencies, and soon the island's architecture also acquired Ottoman features. On the other hand, the villages in the countryside are mostly traditional with small white houses and narrow alleys. What will definitely draw your attention in Rhodes is the green landscape. Although, the island is not very mountainous, each large and small hill descends towards the sea all green binding harmoniously with the blue of the Aegean Sea. On every corner of Rhodes, you will find a small or large church with its own history, while there are numerous routes to discover the island either by car or on foot. Moreover, the Valley of the Butterflies, which is unique in Greece, should definitely be included in your perambulation, where you can admire this unique phenomenon. You should also visit the peak of Profitis Ilias to enjoy the enchanting route making a stop at the homonym chapel, while, on your way back, you can visit the Springs of Kallithea, and then move north to reach Filerimos Hill. A Greek island could only have beaches, which in the case of Rhodes are exceptional and most of them are well organized many years since. On the island, which was one of the first developed in the field of tourism, the locals know very well how it feels to welcome thousands of visitors every summer and this is why there are several infrastructures, some of which are targeting at mass tourism. However, Rhodes is pretty large and with excessive beauty that can satisfy even those looking for a more tranquil and picturesque place.
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