Even in Roman times there was active
tourism on this age old island, pampered by the sun and brimming with culture.
Today Rhodes, with over a million visitors is the most touristic island in the
Aegean. This tourism however is concentrated on the beaches in the north.
After visiting the picturesque Medieval Old
Town, a world culture heritage site, the connoisseur of nature and landscape
quickly moves on to the middle of the island.
Tourism hasn’t established itself
everywhere here yet. You can wander through pristine woods and mountains and
discover chapels with important frescoes here and there. Yet there is no need
not to visit the beaches.
Due to its great supplies of water, the
island is green and fruitful. A relief map of the island shows a mountainous
spine parallel to the coast in the western part. It is dominated by the 1215m
high Ataviros, the highest mountain in the Dodecanese.
To the east and south of
it, wooded hillsides spread out. Far to the south the landscape becomes flat and
less spectacular. Here scrub dominates the vegetation.
A rental car is the easiest means of
getting to various walks. Busses only are of help to the wanderer on the east
side of the island, where Lindos a small picturesque traditional village is a
good base for walkers.
In the western part it is best to spend the
night in the unspoilt mountain villages.
There are only bus connections to here
in the afternoon.
The best time for walking is from mid-April
through to the end of June, when the countryside is still green.
to mid October is also recommendable.
Sufficient wandering gear includes a backpack
for a day, shoes with good soles, long trousers or zipper trousers, a mobile
phone, a whistle, binoculars, a small flashlight, picnic equipment and a
raincoat is advisable in the spring and the autumn.