Rhodes is the largest island of Dodecanese and among the most popular islands in Greece. It amazes visitors with the stunning beaches, the Medieval architecture and the many interesting monuments around the island.
Things to see and do
There are many interesting sightseeings on Rhodes, a place with long history and rich tradition. As it is the largest town in Dodecanese, it is considered the capital of this group of Greek islands. Rhodes is geographically located between Karpathos and Kos and it is, along Santorini and Mykonos, among the most popular Greek islands. It belongs to the Dodecanese islands group. In the ancient times, the statue of Colossus used to stand at the entrance of the port.
The Old Town of Rhodes are among the best-preserved Medieval towns in Europe and impresses visitors with the romantic atmosphere. Walk along the narrow paved streets, visit the Venetian Castle and the Byzantine churches, stroll around the old port and you will have the feeling that the Knights of Saint John will appear at the next corner. Interesting places to visit on the island are also the Acropolis of Lindos, the Aquarium, the Monastery of Filerimos and the Valley of Butterflies.
Beach resorts in the island are large and fabulous. Kallithea and Faliraki are the most popular places with many tourist facilities and restaurants. Due to the large size of the island, visitors will find numerous beaches for all preferences, even totally secluded places. Prassonissi, Ixia and Theologos are popular beaches for windsurfing and kite surfing. A drive around this Greek island will also bring you to many lovely spots and picturesque villages.
Have a look in this guide of Rhodes and find all the important information about your holidays there. Rhodes can be combined with other islands, such as Kos, Karpathos and Patmos.
Rhodes is an island with large tourist development, therefore it has accommodation for all preferences, from luxurious spa resorts to family apartments. These accommodations are spread all around the island. The most popular beaches close to Rhodes Town are Ialyssos, Ixia, Paradisi, Theologos, Kallithea and Faliraki. Many of these accommodations are actually large resorts with pools, gym, jacuzzi and spa treatments. Accommodations are more traditional in the other tourist places of Rhodes. Cozy apartments are also found in Lindos and in close beaches.
Highlights in Rhodes
The Old Town of Rhodes is an amazing place to stroll around. It has vivid Medieval style and many interesting spots to visit. Do not miss the Street of the Knights and the port of Mandraki.
The most interesting monument in Rhodes Town is the Palace of Grand Master. This is an enormous Medieval castle that is considered among the best preserved castles of its kind.
The bay of Saint Paul is the most famous beach in the region of Lindos. This organized beach distinguishes for the blue green water and the relaxing feeling.
Lindos is among the most picturesque villages in Rhodes. It charms visitors with the Medieval architecture and the relaxing beaches in the region.
On the hill top above the village of Lindos, there is an impressive acropolis with ancient and Medieval ruins. This location give stunning view to the Aegean Sea.
The beach of Tsambika is among the most stunning beaches of Rhodes. Large in size and with crystal waters, Tsambika is partly organized and partly secluded.
Close to the beach of Kallithea in Rhodes is the impressive building of the springs. This is a wonderful sample of Italian architecture. Many weddings take place there every year.
On the hill of Monte Smith above Rhodes Town are the remains of an ancient acropolis. This site includes temples of Athena and Apollo and also a Roman odeon.
The Valley of Butterflies is a region of amazing natural beauty, located close to the village of Theologos. In spring and autumn, this valley is overwhelmed with various species of butterflies.
Ladiko is among the most popular beaches in Rhodes. It is well organized with tourist facilities and has stunning blue green waters. This beach gets very popular in summer.
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is housed in a Medieval building in the Old Town. It hosts a very interesting collection with exhibits from excavations around the island.
Rhodes is a very popular island for wind and kite surfing. The best beaches for wind sports in Rhodes are Prassonisi, Theologos, Ixia, Ialyssos and others.
In summer daily tours depart from Rhodes Town to the picturesque island of Simi. These tours also stop at the Monastery of Panormitis, on the southern side of Simi.
The sea bottom around Rhodes has very interesting reefs and ship wrecks that even date from the ancient times. In fact, diving is very developed on the island.