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Besides the omnipresent sun and sea, the first thing that strikes the visitor to Rhodes is its strong oriental influence and charm. The island’s remote location on the south-eastern edge of Europe and its rich multicultural heritage have shaped a precious identity. This is evident in the medieval city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, side-by-side or only a stone’s throw apart, you can see a Greek Orthodox or Catholic church, a synagogue, a mosque, and an ancient temple.
This architectural heritage complements and enhances the natural beauty of Rhodes. There are very few islands in the Mediterranean with such a diverse and amazing countryside in such a relatively small area. Just a few kilometers away from untouched beaches with emerald waters, the visitor can experience spectacular pinewood forests at high altitudes. Remote parts of those areas are rich with wildlife including the fallow deer (dams dama) indigenous to the island since antiquity.
Along with its natural beauty, Rhodes’ healthy climate has been known since ancient times, with historic reports mentioning the healing qualities of the island’s weather and its waters. It comes as no surprise that so many visitors return to the island every year. And many of the them have chosen Rhodes for their second homes, or have come to live here permanently.
In a place where family, community values and traditions are considered important, daily life is a pleasant experience. The warmth of the islanders and their relaxed pace of life are contagious. Neighbours will smile and say hello to a passerby in the street, even a stranger, offering whatever they may hold in their hands, be it fruit, bread, olive oil or sometimes even ouzo.
Its international airport makes Rhodes accessible from all major European cities, so the island is ideal for a second or relocation home. Both seafront luxury villas and splendid historic houses come at prices not found anywhere else.