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Rhodes is one of the most “mature” tourist destinations in Greece; it was among the first to be developed, and – thanks to its particularly warm climate – to extend the tourism season to at least 7 months of the year. This has brought with it its own set of challenges: namely the ever-decreasing returns – and ever-increasing costs – of cheap mass tourism. Today Rhodes is in the process of upgrading its industry to attract more high-end travelers, and all the basic ingredients are there: natural beauty, a rich history, stunning monuments, luxury hotels and – most importantly – people well-versed in hospitality services and accustomed to receiving people from all over the world.
This issue delves into the rich history this large island: its ancient cities and legends; the medieval legacy of the Order of the Knights of St John; how later Italian fascist rule shaped the island; and how modern tourism evolved over the 20th century. We then explore the current landscape: the best sights, the Old and New Town, Lindos, the mountain villages, and the best seaside retreats. Finally read about Rhodes' rich gastronomic scene: its products, fine wines and best restaurants.