The EFITA 2019 Conference will be held at Rodos Palace Hotel 5*
Rodos Palace Hotel is exquisitely located near Rhodes town, with easy access to all major sights and attractions of the island. It is just a breath away from the beach and it allows you smooth transfer to the airport and port. The perfect retreat for those of you who wish to combine great accessibility and connectivity along with serenity and tranquility! The Rodos Palace Hotel is considered as Greece’s largest Luxury Convention Resort, comprising 785 renovated rooms and suites and a sophisticated state-of-the art International Convention Center with an expanded capacity of more than 4800 delegates, in 20 purpose-built, multi-use Deluxe Halls and Grand Ballrooms, ranging in size from 20-1350 persons, and in innumerous Breakout Rooms, Hospitality Suites and Private welcome outlets. The hotel possesses one of the most modern purpose-built Convention Centers in Europe and has the ability to serve all demands, in Conference Meeting Rooms, Exhibition Space, as well as in Luxury Food & Beverage in-hotel functions and in Museum Standard Exclusive Catering.
The City of Rhodes
The city of Rhodes was founded in 408 BC, when the citizens of Ialysos, Lindos and Kamiros decided to build a strong new island capital. The city plans were drawn up by Hippodamous and Rhodes was soon admired as one of the most beautiful cities of the period. The new city quickly developed into a financial and cultural centre, but by the time it became a Roman and later a Byzantine dominion, it has lost its ancient glory.In 1309 the Knights of Saint John conquered Rhodes and they built strong fortifications, transforming it into a thriving multinational medieval city. In 1523 Rhodes was dominated by the Ottoman Turks and the Greeks had to settle outside the walls, where they created the new districts known as “Marasia”. In 1912 Rhodes, as well as the whole of the Dodecanese, was occupied by the Italians. The new rulers enhanced the architecture of the city with magnificent buildings, wide roads and squares. It was not until 1948 that Rhodes officially became a part of Greece. The modern city of Rhodes is one of the biggest municipalities in the Greek islands. It is the financial and cultural centre of the south-eastern Aegean and successfully combines a lively present with a rich historical past. There are many reasons why Rhodes is one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean: the natural surroundings (crystal clear seas, many parks and recreational facilities), the bright sun and the warm hospitality of the islanders themselves. The city has an excellent tourist infrastructure and offers a wide variety of entertainment (night-life, sports, cultural events, day trips to wonderful Lindos and neighbouring islands). Finally, visitors have the opportunity to learn something of the eventful history of the city, by visiting the museums or going sightseeing. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Rhodes quickly developed into an important financial and cultural centre of the ancient Greek world. Its affluence, natural beauty and strategic position, endowed the early Rhodians with wealth, but, equally, it attracted other powers in each subsequent era, eager to possess the island. The Romans, Knights of Saint John, Ottoman Turks and, later, the Italians, all left deep signs of their presence, but they always failed to sever the deep Greek roots of the island, which finally joined metropolitan Greece after the Second World War. Rhodes today offers the visitor a plethora of all year round leisure alternatives, covering all types of tourist activity. The natural beauty of the island, the monuments from her long and often turbulent history, its cosmopolitan character, as well as the warm hospitality generously offered by the people of Rhodes along with an excellent tourist infrastructure, all captivate the visitor.
Flights to Rhodes island
- Flights to Rhodes island, Greece The airport of Rhodes is located 15 km from Rhodes Town, in the region of Paradisi. It receives daily domestic flights from Athens and the flight time from Athens to Rhodes is 1 hour. In summer, it also receives domestic flights from Thessaloniki and Heraklion Crete. Moreover, in summer the airport of Rhodes receives many charter and low-cost flights from various European airports. Among the low-cost air companies that fly to Rhodes are the popular companies Easy Jet and Ryan Air. From the airport of Rhodes, there are buses and taxis to transfer you around the island. Many car rental agencies also have their base in the airport.
Ferry to Rhodes
- As Rhodes island is the largest island of the Dodecanese and a very popular tourist destination, there is regular ferry to Rhodes from many other Aegean islands and also from Piraeus port, the main port of Athens. The ferry to Rhodes from Piraeus is long and depends on the route. If the ferry trip is overnight, you are advised to book a cabin. In summer, there is ferry to Rhodes from many Greek islands, such as Crete, Kos, Santorini and more. There are also ferries from Rhodes to: Santorini island, Symi island, Leros island, Kalymnos, Patmos, Lipsi, Kos, Karpathos, Kasos, Halki, Nisyros, Tilos and Heraklion Crete. For information about these locations, visit our section of Greek islands.