Even in Roman times there was active tourism on these age-old islands, pampered by the sun and brimming with culture. Refined Roman families sent their sons to the rhetoric school of Poseidonios on the 'Rose Island'.Today Rhodes, with over a million visitors, is the most touristic island in the Aegean apart from Crete. This tourism, however, is concentrated on the beaches in the north.After visiting the picturesque medieval old town, a world culture heritage site, the connoisseur of nature and landscape quickly moves on to the middle of the island.
You can wander through pristine woods and mountains and discover chapels with important frescoes here and there. Yet there is no need to give up beaches. Due to its great supplies of water, the island is green and fruitful. A relief map of the island shows a mountainous spine parallel to the coast in the western part. It is dominated by the 1215 metre-high Ataviros, the highest mountain in the Dodecanese.
To the east and south of it, wooded hillsides spread out. Far to the south the landscape becomes flat and less spectacular. Here scrub dominates the vegetation. In the western part it is best to spend the night in the unspoiled mountain villages.The best time for walking is from mid-April through the end of June, when the countryside is still green. From September to mid October is also recommendable.
Sufficient wandering gear includes a backpack for a day, shoes with good soles, long trousers or zipper trousers, a mobile phone possibly, a whistle, binoculars / a small flashlight and picnic equipment.The description of the following four walks are taken from the brochure 'Walking the Greek Islands - Rhodes'.
This brochure with 18 walks has been published by the Rodos Tourism Promotion Organization in English, German, French, Italian and Greek language as a free gift for people interested in walking excursions.See www.rodosisland.gr.
The author Dieter Graf has published five books with 207 walking tours on 44 islands of the Dodecanese and the Cyclades. See www.graf-editions.de . All books in English and German.The Eastern Cyclades also in French.