What to see in Greece
Tourist attractions Rhodes
Famously the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese island group, northwest of Crete and just a stone’s throw away from Turkey’s south coast. Rhodes is one of the most unique Greek islands with its rich history and jaw-dropping natural scenery, offering so much more than just sandy beaches and resorts.
Over the centuries, Rhodes has been shaped by a diverse mix of civilizations and cultures. The Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Order of the Knights of St. John, the Ottomans and the Italians have all left a mark on the island’s heritage. Therefore, a trip to Rhodes is the chance to uncover a rich cultural heritage, set within a backdrop of paradise beaches, charming fishing villages and unforgettable sunsets.
The centre of the island and the most popular place to stay if you travel to Rhodes is Rhodes Town, composed of a historic walled old-town, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a more modern new town. A stroll through old Rhodes will showcase the distinct periods of the island’s history, with architecture ranging from medieval clock towers and fortresses to Greek Orthodox churches and Ottoman-era mosques.
With sun-kissed beaches, forested valleys and some of the most curious historical sites in Greece, a holiday to Rhodes is the perfect choice for all kinds of travellers. One of the most interesting Greek islands to visit, Rhodes also boasts a lively nightlife scene, natural parks and plentiful traditional Greek charms. The best time to visit Rhodes is in the spring or autumn, so you can enjoy exploring the historic sights whilst avoiding the heat and crowds of the summer high season.
As the fourth-largest Greek island, there are countless things to see and do in Rhodes. Once you’ve explored the sights of Rhodes Town and its ancient Acropolis, one of the best things to do is to visit Lindos Village, in the southeast of the island. This charming fishing village is an idyllic white-washed affair, complete with narrow cobblestone streets and gorgeous beaches. With spectacular sea views, be sure to visit the 15th-century frescoes in the Virgin Mary Church. Overlooking the village is Lindos Acropolis, the most impressive archaeological site on Rhodes. Perched atop a rocky outcrop are a variety of ruined structures dating as far back as the 4th-century BC. See the Sanctuary of Athena Lindia, the Hellenistic stoa and the incredible relief of a Rhodian trireme. Discover the Rhodes of Ancient Greek times and enjoy unforgettable views
Back in Rhodes Town is the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, one of the most captivating things to see in Rhodes. One of the very few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece, this medieval castle is thought to have been built on the site of the fabled Colossus of Rhodes. When the Knights Hospitaller occupied Rhodes in the 14th-century they converted this former Byzantine citadel into a palace for their Grand Master. This surprising castle-like structure is not something you'd expect to find on a Greek island, so be sure to explore its well-preserved interior, home to an array of amazing artefacts for this interesting period in Rhodes’ history.
If you’re looking for a little indulgence during your trip to Rhodes visit the Kallithea Thermal Springs. Dating back to the Italian rule of the 1920s, these exquisite thermal pools are said to have therapeutic properties.
Finally, one of the best things to do in Rhodes to discover its unique natural environment is to visit the Valley of Butterflies, situated in the heart of the island. This natural forest reserve is a shady retreat, filled with thousands of butterflies. Follow the nature trails to take in the beautiful woodland scenery and see the diverse species of beautiful butterflies!
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