How would one describe Rhodes? The island of the knights, the emerald island, or the island of the sun? A fascinating blend of stunning nature with awe-inspiring buildings and landmarks? Perhaps it could all be summed up in one simple word: magic. This mysterious enchantment can be felt in the island’s luscious forests, on its golden beaches with their crystal-clear waters, on every street corner, and in every “medieval” alley.
A crossroads of nations and civilisations, Rhodes has cast its spell on all: Phoenicians, Dorians, Persians, Venetians, Knights of St. John, and Turks, to name only a few. They all left their indelible mark on a location destined to become one of the world’s most important historical sites.
The final battle for this corner of paradise took place in 1912 between the Turks and the Italians, heralding a new period of occupation that lasted until 1947, the historical moment that Rhodes was incorporated into “Mother Greece”.
Mario Lago, governor of the Dodecanese at the time, realised the need for a thorough service renaissance, and set out to revitalise the touristic standards of the island.