When somebody visits Rhodes for the first time, aware of the myth that sets her as the home of Helios, the sun god, they can’t help but start with a good – or at least a favourable – disposition towards the island. And, in due course, when it is time to leave again, and by now in love with the place, no one can claim – or at least no one so far has – that this love affair has to do with anything other than the result of yet another mythical liaison which claims that Rhodes is none other than the child of Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

Simply put, the visitor’ s love for the island is the result of a relationship that was just bound to end like this, because Rhodes, the whole island, seduces in a series of inevitable ways, causing even the most dispassionate visitor at last, to fall. The hospitality of the inhabitants, the manners and customs religiously guarded by village folk, and the hundreds of ways the people have of enjoying themselves, whether at the traditional festivals, where everyone performs the traditional Greek dances – the sousta, the sirtos, the kalamatianos – accompanied by the violin and lute, or at the top-quality cultural events that take place on Rhodes almost daily, or in the many night-clubs.
Rhodes really is magical, as you too, dear guest, will agree as soon as you get to know the island. And you will also then do us the great favour of removing the word “exaggeration” from your mind if it has possibly entered your thoughts on reading this introduction!
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