Rhodes is an island in Greece, located in the Eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese Island complex, in terms of both population and land area. The population of the island exceeds 110.000 and it covers an area of 1398 square kilometers. The island of Rhodes is located at the crossroads of two major sea routes of the Mediterranean, between the Aegean Sea and the coast of the Middle East.
The principal city of Rhodes is located at its northern tip, as well as the site of the ancient and modern commercial harbors. The capital city Rhodes is situated with the Medieval Town in its centre. In 1988 the Medieval Town was designated as a World Heritage City. Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Outside of the city of Rhodes, the island is dotted with small villages and beach resorts, among them Faliraki, Lindos, Kremasti, Haraki, Pefkos, Archangelos, Afantou, Koskinou, Embona (Attavyros), Paradisi, and Trianta (Ialysos).
Throughout its long history the different people who settled on Rhodes left their mark in all aspects of the island's culture: art, language, architecture. Its strategic position brought to the island great wealth and made the city of Rhodes one of the leading cities of the ancient Greek world. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.