Rhodes is the fourth biggest island (1.410 km2) of Greece and the biggest among a complex of islands called Dodecanese. The island counts 130.007 inhabitants and the capital - the city of Rhodes - 53.709. The capital of Rhodes lies outside and within the walls of a well preserved Venetian castle, built by the Knights of Saint John, and is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture. 

      Within the walls of the castle lies the old town of Rhodes, the world's best characterized well preserved old traditional inhabited town. The beauty of its capital, its interesting sites and its many Byzantine churches make this Greek island one of the most popular islands of Greece.


   Ialysos (Greek: Ιαλυσός), also known as 'Trianta', is the second-largest town on the island of Rhodes (Ρόδος, ''Rhodos'') in Greece. It has a population of approximately 12,000, and is located 8 kilometres south of the town of Rhodes, the island's capital, on the island's northwestern coast. 

   The town is situated near the site of the ancient Doric ''polis'' of Ialysos, which is also the name of the modern municipality (in Greek δήμος, dēmos, or "people") consisting of the town Trianta/Ialysos and the surrounding areas. While official sources use Trianta as a name for the town, and Ialysos for the whole municipality, unofficial usage tend to favour Ialysos to describe both the modern town and the municipality. 

    Until the mid-1980s Trianta/Ialysos was a small village with a population of around 2,500 people, but during the following years population grew to about 12,000, as it to an increasing degree became a suburban district to the town of Rhodes. Ialysos has in addition become a tourist destination, with several hotels and resorts located on the coast, especially in the new settlement of 'Ixia', situated between the towns of Ialysos and Rhodes. Being on the usually windward north-western coast of the island, it is also a noted location for wind-surfing.


    The climate. Rhodes - the island of Apollon (god of the sun according to Greek mythology) is one of the sunniest parts of Greece. Its climate is mild Mediterranean characterized by sunny and dry summers and mild winters. Refreshing breezes and winds are blowing during the months of July and August, making the summer evenings comfortable.