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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.

From September 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.