The Greek island of Rhodes is the perfect destination for anyone who loves great scenery, culture and sun! Rhodes is the biggest of the 12 islands on the Aegean’s eastern edge and it’s also the most popular. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have a peaceful and relaxing time here. While the northern and eastern coastlines are dominated by large hotels, there are plenty of small villages and resorts scattered along the island’s other coastlines. It all depends what you want to get out of your visit.
Acropolis of Lindos
A trip to Lindos is a must for anyone staying in Rhodes. Here you will find the magnificent ancient Acropolis. Be prepared for a bit of a steep climb to reach the ruins, which can be a bit of an effort especially in the heat. Or, you can take a donkey ride to the top for €5 if you feel that way inclined. Personally I felt too bad for the donkeys to give it a go!
Rhodes Old Town
The winding cobbled streets of the Old Town make it the perfect place to simply get lost as you wander around. And believe me, it’s not difficult to get lost – there are almost 200 streets which has no names. The Jewish Quarter is an almost hidden part of the town where you’ll find that life carries on at a much more unhurried pace than the main tourist centres.
Palace of the Grand Masters
This stunning palace was built in the 14th century and is now home to antique sculpture and mosaics. At one point it played an active part in the fortification of the city but when the first floor collapsed in the 19th century, parts of it had to be restored. You can view the palace walls from the outside but it’s worth paying to go in and have a look around.
This is one of three ancient cities in Rhodes. At Filerimos hill you’ll be sure to notice the 16 metre high cross which dominates the skyline. Climb the stairs to the top and you’ll get some amazing views.
Kamiros lies on the north-western coast of Rhodes and here you’ll find the ruins of an ancient Mycenaean necropolis. If you come here at sunset you’ll get some stunning views.
Monolithos and its castle
‘Monolithos’ literally means ‘lonely rock’ and drive a short distance from Monolithos village and you’ll soon see why! Situated on the craggy rock is a castle which was once considered one of the most important fortresses on the island. It’s not the most popular of sights with tourists as it’s a little more difficult to get to than other locations but the views are definitely worth it.
Of course, a trip to Rhodes isn’t complete without sampling some of the local seafood – delicious! If you venture into the Old Town you’ll find lots of quaint little restaurants which are nicer (and often cheaper) than the one’s on the main tourist tracks.
Rhodes is a beautiful part of the world to visit and is a great place to soak up a little sun as well as take in a little culture and history – the best of both worlds!