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AQUARIUM

The building of the Hydro biological Station of Rhodes was built during the period 1934-36.From 1937 until 1945, under Italian rule, it was recognized as the “Real Istituto di Ricerce Biologiche de Rodi”.After the unification of the Dodecanese islands with GREECE, it as renamed “Hellenic Hydro biological Institute” and continued operating under the supervision of the Academy of Athens.Today, the Hydro biological Station of Rhodes  operates as a Museum and Aquarioum and is also used as a research Centre. The Aquarium is located in the basement of the Hydro Biological Station and offers the visitors the chance to have a close up view of the marine life of the Eastern Mediterranean, providing the impression of being underwater. With its open water circulation system, supplying 40 tanks with a total capacity of 75000 liters, the Aquarium provides natural living conditions for a wide range of interesting specimens of Mediterranean organisms such as reefs, sea flowers, octopuses, clams, decapods, turtles and numerous fishes.

Opening hours:

The Aquarioum is open daily, except on Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

April – October: 09.00 – 20.30

November – March: 09.00 – 16.30

Full Admission: 5 eur

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MANDRAKI PORT

Mandraki is one of the three harbors is Rhodes.It is famous, because it is believed that the great statue of Colossos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood at the harbor entrance.Today the deer sculptures at the entrance, the St.Nickolas Fortress and a number  of medieval windmills create a charming view of the harbor.Many boat trips to other nearby islands leave from here.Sculptures of Rhodian Deer, a stag and a doe, stand on slim columns on either side of the Mandraki harbor entrance, serve as the guardians of the harbor.The Windmills are located on the wave breaker of Mandraki and were usued to ground the grain that came from the Commercial ships docking in the harbor.Three of these beautiful structures have been renovated and stand as majestic reminders of times past.The imposing St.Nickolas Fortress is located in Rhodes Old City looking out over Mandraki Harbor.When the fortress was built, it took into account the Ottoman use of cannons and other siege weaponry and its thick walls were impermeable for many years.Indeed considering their age, they are in excellent condition to this day.The fortress ig hugely popular with visitors these days and it has been well preserved.You can walk along the path of the former moat, which has been dried out and provides a scenic, tree lined walking path.

 

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CAZINO

The trademark of Rhodes, GRANDE ALBERGO DELLE ROSE, italian for Grand Hotel of Roses, began its brilliant way in history on the 24th of May in 1927.Rhodes had acquired one of its most historic and symbolic buildings.Buildings which their architects were of the philosophy…”To exude sun and to move as the waves of Aegean”.The Hotel of Roses was christened the “Dream of the East, as it became the Top attraction of the international jet set of the time.Eleftherios Venizelos, Aristotle Onassis, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Georgios Papandreou, Winston Churchill and Moshe Dayan are a few of the great names to have graced the halls of the hotel with theis presence.In May 2002 the gates of the Hotel of Roses reopened, fully renovated by the famous Italian architects and disegners Giuseppe Molinari and Nicoletta Demolli, retaining all of its grandeur and slendor.The unique luxury is stretched out in each area of the hotel, the guests are aware of a discrete sence of style and they enjoy particular services  from the first moment of their arrival.Guests will go home saying that they have stayed in “Aphrodite”, in “Athena”, in “Odysseus” or in “Apollo” as the 33 deluxe suites have adopted their names from Greek mythology.The apotheosis of Hotel of Roses amusement is unquestionably its Casino.The luxurious internal space is extended in 1.700 square meters which is separated in two floors.

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PROFITIS ILIAS – ELAFOS & ELAFINA

For those who would prefer the mountain to the shore there is the recently renovated hotel is located at the Top of Profitis Ilias, near a small Byzantine Monastery with the same name.Surrounded by large cedars, pine and cypresses forest of a unique beauty, the complex is mainly consisted from two buildings.The larger, a three-storeyed one named Elafos and a two-storeyed one, Elafina, that it is not currently used.The buildings have a very distinctive architectural character, build like the traditional hotels of the Alps, both with large, stone build walls in the basement and high pitched wooden roofs.Captive deer do graze on the hotel grounds and the 800m.Elevation, provide a coolness especially appreciated by Alexandrian Greeks, who come to escape the Egyptian summer.The construction of the Elafos  hotel or better l’Albegro del Cervo as it was originally named, started during 1929 under the italian fascist regime.The name derives from the presence of herbs of Rhodian dears (dama dama) in the island’s forests.In 1930, a ground floor restaurant with a large veranda, a tennis court and a dancing floor were added while later on, the second floor was constructed, replacing the veranda.During the year 1932 the building was extended with a new wing, called Elafina.The hotel was finally named Elafos and Elafina after a certain species of deer that lives in the woods nearby.Recently the large building was renovated and it is currently run by a municipal company.

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KRITINIA’S CASTLE

The castle of Kritinia (Kastello for the locals) is a Venetian castle built in the 16th century on a hill about 131 metres above the village of Kritinia.It is fairly considered the germ of the village as it offers a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, the island of Chalki and some other deserted islands.Due to its strategic location that allowed a 360 degree monitoring view of the sea and thus, the pirates and the enemies activities, the site was chosen by the Knights of the Order  of St.John to build the castle.Originally, the castle was divided in three levels, each of them belonging to a different Grand Master.In 1480 the Ottoman Turks sent 100.000 soldiers across Rhodes in an effort to invade and conquer the island with a big number of troops sent to Kritinia as well, attempting to seize the castle.However, regardless of the fact that the Turks outnumbered the Knights a lot and after many bloodshed battles, the Turkish troops finally retreated, leaving the castle full of ruins and damages.Without wasting time though, the Knights engaged themselves to restoring the damages that the castle had sustained, bringing it back to its original form.Only the Shell of the castle still survives today.But above the rather disintegrated entrance of it, lie the coats of arms of two of the Grand Masters of the Medieval Era.The coat of arm of the Grand Master D’Amboise (1503-1512) and the one of the Grand Master origny (1467-1476).Within the walls there are also remnants of a chapel devoted to Saint John, where you can view amazing 16th century wall paintings.Fortunately and as the Greek Archeological Services had realized the importance of the castle, reinforcement programme will take place in order to conserve and renovate the damaged sections of the castle and the church.

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THE CASTLE OF MONOLITHOS

The castle is located near the village of Monolithos at the summit of the tall, craggy rock, dominating the view.Its a bit far from the main tourist attractions of Rhodes to reach, but its totally worth it! You can drive to the foot of the cliff, park your Car at a convenient spot and follow the narrow little steps all the way up until you reach the summit.Be careful not to slip on the smooth stones.In old times, this castle was considered one of the four more powerful fortress on the island, but today only the external walls fortifications remain.Inside the perimeter of the walls there are two 15th century chapels, St.Panteleimon and St.George.Looking around the ruins it is easy to notice that the castle was actually built on the foundations of another, older castle.But it’s not for the ruins or even the beautiful whitewashed churches that you would embark on the  strenuous climb to the Top – it’s the breathtaking view from there that looks over the sea and the numerous islets off the Western coast, the mountain of Akramytis and innumerable hills, as well as the village of Monolithos below.As a visitor said: “In GREECE you know, the landscape often gives you a sense of the presence of Gods.The site of Monolithos is certainly one of these”.The site is open all day and has no entry fee.There is a cafe opposite the entrance for a much-needed drink or snack.Take your time with the steps to reach the castle…plenty of places to stop to catch your breath, enjoy the flowers and take a photo.

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PRASONISI

To reach Prasonisi you will have to drive all the way to the most south part of the island.Just after Katavia, turn left (there are signs to guide you) and after a few kilometers more driving and from the top of the hill, Prasonisi comes into sight: waves to the right, calm sea and shelter from the wing to the left – and surfers everywhere! It is one of the most impressive beaches on the island.Two sandy coves ending in an island that you can reach on foot or by swimming, depending on the weather and the level of the water.This is a paradise for surfers, especially in July and August.There are surfboards and wetsuits for hire.It is well worth a visit even if you are not a surfer yourshelf, just to enjoy the magnificent landscape and admire the skill of the surfers.

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BEE MUSEUM

The people of the “Melissokomiki Dodekanisou” are people with love and passion for beekeeping.They have created the Museum of Natural History of the Bee.The museum can host groups or individuals offering various exhibits concerning beekeeping since the old times -up to 200 years ago- up to our days.Presentation of old and modern beekeeping methods (e.g. handling beehives, a demonstration of the way honey is extracted, the production of wax, pollen, royal jelly, propolis etc.).Transparent beehives for observation purposes where one can safely study bees way of living in their own house.Information about bees lives and their products with audio-visual media (video, projector-cinema, dvd, cd-rom etc).A collection of tools of the farmers and the beekeepers.A tour in the modern production area with appointment.Analysis of the natural characteristics of honey and the other bee products in the quality control laboratory.Bee garden outside.Big inside and outside space with refreshment area for the guests.Easy access on Faliraki – Airport Avenue with big parking space.Selling point of the bee natural products and beekeeping equipment.

Visit Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 08.30 – 17.00

Sunday: 10.00 – 15.00 (June – September)

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OSTRICH PARK

Get away from city life and experience the outdoors and nature by strolling through the lovely scenery, observing countless rare birds and animals.During your visit you will be taken a tour to every area of the Farm including the gift shop which offers accessories and product made from ostriches.There is also a Snack bar that you can sit and enjoy a delicious meal (for example Ostrich filet, Ostrich egg omelette) or a relaxing cup of coffee.Its an experience that you won’t want to miss! In the Park you have also the opportunity to ride with a camel.

(Adults: 6.00 eur, Children to 12 years: 4.00 eur)

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ACROPOLI OF RHODES

Positioned on the western edge of the city, on the top of the hill of Ayios Stefanos, the Acropolis of Rhodes and its imposing Temple of Apollo, dominates the views. Unlike most of the ancient acropoleis it was not fortified. It consisted of a monumental zone with Sanctuaries, large temples, public buildings and underground cult places.The buildings were built on stepped terraces supported by strong retaining walls.The style of the Hellenistic architecture on the Acropolis of Rhodes was perfectly conveyed by the combination of natural beauty and artificial transformations.The buildings on the Acropolis date to the Hellenistic and late Hellenistic periods.The excavations were carried out by the Italian Archaeological School during the italian occupation of the island (1912-1945).From 1946 onwards the Greek Archaeological Service conducted excavations which added to our knowledge of the history and topography of the place.The whole of the Acropolis has not yet been excavated.An archaeological zone of 12,500 s.q. has been excluded from contemporary building with the intention of continuing excavation works to uncover the splendid ancient city of Rhodes.From 1946 onwards the Greek Archaeological Service carried out restoration work in the area of the Temple of Pythian Apollo, which has suffered considerable damage from bombing in the 2nd World War and from the weight of the arillery that had been installed there.During the 60’s and 70’s there was reconstruction work to the west foundation of the same temple and in 1996 further Reconstruction was carried out on the Temple of and the Nymphaia. The Acropolis of Rhodes is one of the most interesting and enjoyable archeological sites one can visit. Located close to the city and surrounded by a pristine nature with fabulous views, is the favorite jogging and walking place for modern Rhodians. The lower part that includes the large Stadium, is safe for small children.

 

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