Rhodes

Though most famous for its ancient sites, Rhodes is also a place of quaint fishing villages, blissful beaches and luxury resorts, all set against a backdrop of beautiful scenery.

The largest of Greece’s Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes (pronounced ro-dos) is a holiday destination laden with history. From the old quarter of Rhodes Town to the Acropolis of Lindos, this is an island that transports you back to a lost time. Providing a refreshing contrast to the historic sites are Rhodes’ flourishing modern areas, which allow you to bask in the Mediterranean sunshine in ultimate style and comfort.

The coast of Rhodes is dotted with towns and resorts, but two in particular stand out: Rhodes Town and Lindos. In Rhodes Town you’ll find the spectacular Old Town, sealed off behind a moat and thick stone walls. Inside, Ottoman and Italian influences mingle with the medieval, and the winding, labyrinthine lanes make for hours of wandering. Sightseeing highlights abound here, but you can’t miss the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes or the excellent Archaeological Museum.

Outside of the old quarter, Rhodes Town has a different but equally captivating feel. Instead of historic churches and cobbled lanes you'll find chic boutiques, sophisticated eateries, waterside bars and the stunning Elli Beach. There you’ll find all the facilities you could need for a day of soaking up the sun.

From Rhodes, the town of Lindos is a 45-minute drive south and is an ideal place for a day trip if you’re staying in the capital. Before you even set foot in Lindos, you’ll see why it’s such a popular spot with tourists. This fairy tale town sits under the watch of the hilltop Acropolis, which dates back to the 6th century BC and boasts mesmerising views of the surrounding area. You'll experience the best beaches here at Megali Paralia and St Paul’s Bay.

If you’re seeking a more upbeat holiday, Rhodes is home to thriving resort towns like Faliraki, a haven for water sports junkies and clubbing enthusiasts. Don't forget the other Dodecanese Islands are just a ferry ride away, too – Symi is a particularly perfect day trip destination.

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