From Marmaris, there are quite a few boats per day leaving for Rhodes. It is highly recommendable to spend one day or even longer on this island rich in flora and fauna. The island was still green and there were trees blooming (42 kB) in between the medieval city lanes even at the end of July.
They say that in the ancient world the colossus of Rhodes was standing exactly where today you may see two columns with a stag and hind at the entry to the port of Rhodes (19 kB). This 30m bronze statue of the sun god Helios was one of the 7 Wonders of the World. However, it was destroyed in an earthquake 200 A.C. and neither traces nor pictures could be saved.
When taking a walk either through the romantic town of knights (40 kB) or in the moat of the bombastic castle (40 kB), you feel just like going back a few centuries despite all the tourists.
The Grand Master's Palace (28 kB) from the Age of the Crusaders was most impressive to look at and visit. It didn't suffer any damage in any of the Turkish sieges but was almost completely destroyed when the magazine exploded last century. The Italians rebuilt it true to the original, at least the outside. We only saw the quadrangle with its Roman statues (28 kB) but a tour of the palace is supposed to be very interesting as the Italians used beautiful floor mosaics from Kos when rebuilding.
We regretted having had not more time to spend on Rhodes particularly when we noticed the crystalclear sea, even in the harbour. But you can still go bathing when spending one's holiday on Rhodes only, and go and see the rest of the island.
last update: 24.11.1999