Rhodes Location & other info setsRhodes – the capital of the Dodecanese prefecture - is located in the eastern of the Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population, reaching approximately 117,000 habitants.
Rhodes is blessed by the Nature with a unique variety of landscapes and colors:
blue crystal clear sea & sky, green hills and valleys.
The climate is particularly cool and enjoyable, especially because of the wind called "meltemia".
Myths & HistoryAccording to the myth, after Zeus's victory against the Giants, he decided to divide the Earth among the Olympian gods. The only god who received nothing was Helios (Sun).
Helios, was obviously absent and no-one remembered to include him in the draw. When he came back he demanded his share but Zeus told him that it seemed unable to make the cast again since the rest of the gods would strongly oppose. Helios felt disappointed but nevertheless asked Zeus and the other gods to promise that the land that was to rise out of the sea could be his.
As he spoke, a beautiful island slowly emerged from the bottom of the blue sea - Rhodes. Helios bathed Rhodes with his own radiance and made it the most beautiful island in the Aegean Sea.
History says that the name of the island has derived from Rhodè (rose in ancient Greek), with whom Helios was said to be married to. Helios and Rhodè got 7 sons and 3 grand-children: Camyros, Lindos and Ialyssos.
In ancient times, Rhodes has been known by several other names such as Asteria (for its clear blue and starry sky), Makaria (for its arresting beauty) and Atavyria (after its highest mountain, Atavyros).It has also been famous as the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Medieval town of Rhodes, built by the Hospitaliers Knights, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe which in 1988 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our Hotel’s Location“Villas Duc” is situated in Trianta otherwise called Ialyssos. Ialyssos is a popular destination, as it is a well organized tourist resort, with an interesting folk tradition and intense cultural life. It’s situated 8 kilometers far from the town of Rhodes and holds its name out of the famous ancient city.
From Ialyssos, you will have an easy access to all the sightseeing of the island, choose one of the many cafes and restaurants along the beach, or go for souvenirs’ shopping.
Historical Info: In what concerns its alternative name, Trianta – which means “thirty” in Greek - it is difficult to say how it occurred. According to the locals it is either due to a false pronunciation of the word “andrias” (meaning “statue” in Greek), or to the thirty parts in which the land had once been divided.