The island of Rhodes is found at the crossroad of three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is also found on the marine routes which connected West with Orient, since early antiquity. As a result of its important position, the island attracted various populations. It was influenced by several cultures during its long history. Every people who arrived at Rhodes, peacefully or after winning a war, in mass or in small groups, have left their traces on this beautiful island. Rhodes had always been and still is a place rich both in natural and human resources.

Archaeological surveys have shown that the island was inhabited as early as the Neolithic period. The mythological and ancient sources, but also the scientific research, state that the first residents of the island were the Carians, the Phoenicians and the Minoans, who came from Crete. Those latter were settled in the area of Ialyssos during the 15th-century B.C. and led the island to an outstanding cultural and economic flourishing. Following the destiny of Crete, Rhodes surrendered to the Mycenaean power and under the Achaeans continued to be prosperous for more than 350 years. In 1100 b.C. the Dorians founded the three great and famous cities of Lindos, Kameiros and Ialyssos. The evolution of these three cities went along with that of the cities of the coast across (Southwestern Asia Minor), with which they became allies, a fact that pushed forward wealth and prosperity.

It is the period of the great personalities of the island as the tyrant of Lindos Cleobulus, one of the Seven Sages of the ancient world and Diagoras, winner of the Olympic Games several times. In 408 b.C., the three cities decide to establish a new capital city of the island; thus the city of Rhodes is founded, a town that still exists and flourishes.

Rhodes has followed the destiny of the rest of Greece and was involved in the disputes and wars with the Persians.

During the period of Macedonians and in the Hellenistic period Rhodes was under the power of Macedonians and afterward of Ptolemy of Egypt. This period is the peak -period of glory and prosperity for the island. It was so powerful, that it achieved to defeat the famous Macedonian general Demetrius Poliorkitis (“the besieger”), in 305 b.C. It is in memory of this glorious victory that it was erected the most famous statue of antiquity, the so-called Colossus of Rhodes, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

During the Roman expansion, Rhodes became an ally of the Romans. However, in this period the town and the whole island suffered damages, due to the civil wars of the Roman generals. Rhodes is one of the first places in Greece where people adopted Christianity; it was St. Paul who preached Christianity on the island in 57 A.D.

During the Byzantine times, the island has periods of prosperity and flourishing. Due to its wealth and its geographical position, Rhodes attracts many invaders, who often attack and pillage it. Finally, in 1306, the island, along with the neighboring islands of Kos and Leros were sold to the Knights of the Order of St. John. Under the domination of the Knights Rhodes becomes commercial, economic, military, and cultural center of the Eastern Mediterranean. The fruit of this period of glory, wealth, and prosperity is the Medieval Town, this wonderful complex that still exists and gives to the town of Rhodes its unique character and atmosphere. It is in this period of flourishing that is formed the particular features of the collective consciousness and the character of the people of the island, that still survive, up to nowadays. In 1522, after a siege that lasted six months, the town and the whole island, surrendered to the Ottomans of the sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

The island continued to be under the Ottoman domination until 1912 when it passed to the Italians. In the beginning, the population of the island received them as liberators, but soon enough they realized that the Italians’ domination was only new domination that did not bring the freedom they expected. However, the Italians added a lot to the infrastructures of the island and constructed several interesting buildings, which helped the island to recover soon from the damages it suffered during the World War II, both by the Nazis and by the bombings of the allies. After the end of the war, Rhodes was occupied by the British army, who kept it until March 1948, when it was incorporated into Greece, along with the rest of the Dodecanese.

Ever since the history of Rhodes goes along with the history of Greece. Today this beautiful island with the fascinating natural environment, the glorious history, the cultural treasures, and the friendly people has been developed in a first choice tourist destination. Tourism has contributed a lot to the actual wealth and prosperity of the island.

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Tamari W
Tamari W
7 May 2023
Amazing Day in Rhodes! What an amazing day we had with Aga for our private tour of the island of Rhodes! We saw all of the highlights of the island in an unhurried itinerary. Aga knew we love photography and took us to some amazing spots to capture great photos! Thanks to Aga we learned so much about the island of Rhodes and it’s diverse history. Lastly we had the best meal of our trip at a seaside taverna. Delish!! Thanks to Aga, Ellie and the entire Rhodes Taxi Tours team for a great day. Highly recommend!!
2 May 2023
Absolutely Fantastic We had a tour today with Nicholas and it was wonderful. We learnt so much local knowledge about the island of Rhodes. We felt like we’d known him forever and would highly recommend his guidance for your visit to Rhodes.
Adam J
Adam J
22 March 2023
Great island tour My wife, girls, and I had a wonderful day with Nicolas seeing the beautiful island of Rhodes. Nicolas treated us like family by not only showing us the highlights, but also sharing with us the wonderful Greek culture and hospitality. We visited a local pottery maker, an olive oil/wine merchant, and as a highlight, had a delicious seafood lunch on the water near Nicolas’s village. Thank you for treating us so well!
Peter T
Peter T
2 November 2022
MEMORABLE SHORE EXCURSION From start to finish we were impressed with the efficiency and responsiveness of Rhodes Taxi Tours.An especial 'thank you ' to Ellie who arranged the booking and to our knowledgable and friendly driver , Nicholas.
mark h
mark h
10 September 2022
10 STAR Experience! BEST TOUR IN RHODES - Great experince from the very start when our private driver met us at the port. We enter the luxury and fully air-conditioned car and started our trip to see all the beauty of this gorgeous island. We also had a stop at a fab tavern on the sea edge. Easy to put 10 stars raiting if it was possible!!! Great way to experience Rhodes - book a private tour!
joan s
joan s
6 September 2022
Amazing rhodes! Mike our tour guide, teacher, driver and now dear friend was amazing! We had the best day learning all about rhodes and seeing all the historical sights Mike went over and beyond to make our experience a memorable one! I highly recommend rhodesleisure while on your holiday Thank you Mike
lucie v
lucie v
4 September 2022
Memorable Private Tour in Rhodes Rhodes Private Tour with excellent guide! Our group of 7 was acommodated excellent and we had great tour in Rhodes! What an amazing island and friendly people. We include also a lunch to our program and we didn't wanted this day to end. Memorable private tour away from the crowds of the big cruise shore excursions. Highly recommended!
Karen R
Karen R
17 July 2022
BEST TOURS IN RHODES RHODES PRIVATE TOUR - Best day of our cruise. Highly appreciate the warm welcoming and company of our kind driver Nicholas. He immediately make us feel like we were visiting a friend. I highly recommend also visiting a local seaside tavern. We get a table right next to the sea. Amazing experience!Best Tour in Rhodes - Book this and you won't regret it
14 July 2022
Estupendo. Nuestro guía fantástico. Nos esperó a la bajada del barco con antelación. Nos explico todo perfectamente bien. Todo G Nuestro guía fantástico. Inmejorable trato. Sin duda alguna lo recomendamos al cien por cien. Nos explico todo de mara
Leigh H
Leigh H
1 June 2022
Full Day Private Tour of Rhodes Nicholas was an incredible guide of Rhodes. He drove us all around the island, making sure we saw all the sights that the island is known for, as well as local destinations and businesses, including lunch at a beautiful tavern. He was so engaging, funny, and gave us a real understanding of life on the island. Not to mention, he so generously gifted my family olive oil, made by his own family. Thanks for a great day, Nicholas!
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