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Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, is truly a vacation destination with something for everyone: sunshine, spectacular beaches on the Aegean Sea, a medieval walled city, an ancient acropolis, and much more. In ancient times, the people of Rhodes chose Helios, the Sun, as their divine patron. With an average of three hundred plus days of sunshine a year, it's safe to say that Helios continues to smile upon Rhodes today.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
On the north end of the island, overlooking the sea, stand the ancient remains of the Acropolis of Rhodes. The buildings of the Rhodes Acropolis date back to the 3rd-2nd century BC. Though the entire Acropolis has yet to be excavated, some amazing sections have been restored: the stadium; a marble odeion - a concert hall or theatre; four columns of the Temple of Pythian Apollo; and a few remains of the Temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus.
To begin your culinary adventure, simply visit one of the many tavernas and restaurants in Rhodes. Sample the mezedes, a variety of small Greek dishes and appetizers that are often served with the anise-flavored local aperitif, ouzo. Dolmades, a popular selection, are vine leaves filled with lamb and rice, then fried in oil and served cold. Another traditional dish is moussaka, made with potatoes, cheese, béchamel and eggplant.
A bottle of Rhodian wine from one of the distinguished wineries on the island makes a perfect gift for friends at home. And, you can find the best olive oil, also known as liquid gold, as well as extraordinary honey, being sold out of private homes by local residents.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Greece. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
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