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Rhodes Holiday

The ruins of ancient civilizations stand at every turn in the namesake city on the spectacular Greek island of Rhodes, where the modern and the historic blend seamlessly together.

With a history that stretches back some 2,400 years, Rhodes City manages to combine a modern cosmopolitan feel with some of the finest ancient ruins in all of Greece. Explore its famous civilizations and fascinating past while relaxing in luxury hotels and sampling its stylish restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Rhodes was founded in 407 B.C. and quickly developed into one of the most important trading ports in the Mediterranean. It was occupied by the Knights of St. John, the Ottoman Turks and the fascist Italian regime before becoming a part of Greece in 1948 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Start by wandering about the atmospheric Old Town. Enter through the Gate of Freedom, walk along the cobbled Street of the Knights and pass beneath archways and between stone buildings. Look for domed Turkish mosques, turreted walls, bastions, old houses and fountains. Museum Square is the place to go to learn more about the history. The Hospital of the Knights houses the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes and, across the road, the Church of Our Lady of the Castle is home to the Byzantine Museum.

Don’t miss the imposing Byzantine Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, perhaps the most significant structure in the Old Town. Erected in the seventh century, this fortress became the headquarters for the administration of the Knights of the Grand Order.

Venture outside the Old Town to find Venetian and neoclassical buildings, such as the Evangelismos Church (Annunciation Church), Town Hall, Central Post Office, Government House and the Rhodes National Theatre. For a taste of local food, browse the stalls at the New Market, then meander along the nearby Mandraki Port and Murat Reis Mosque. Cruises depart from the harbor and offer views of medieval city skyline in which steeples and domed Turkish mosques stand side by side.

Walk among the trees in Rodini Park, where famous Romans such as Brutus, Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar studied. On St. Stefanos Hill are the remains of the Temple of Apollo and other significant Hellenistic ruins.

Rhodes City is an archaeological treasure trove. To get here, fly into the international airport or take the ferry from Piraeus.

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Sheraton Rhodes Resort

Sheraton Rhodes Resort

Ialyssos Avenue, Rhodes
of 5, from 172 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Ixia hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hellenistic Stadium, Acropolis of Rhodes, and Temple of Apollo. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and Rhodes Aquarium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Cathrin Hotel

Cathrin Hotel

Ladiko, Faliraki, Rhodes
of 5, from 9 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Faliraki, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ladiko Beach and Anthony Quinn Bay. Faliraki Beach and Afandou Golf Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).

The Kresten Royal Villas & Spa

The Kresten Royal Villas & Spa

Leoforos Kalitheas, Rhodes
of 5, from 7 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Kallithea hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kallithea Springs, Kallithea Beach, and Water Park Faliraki. Akti Miaouli Beach and Faliraki Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Casa Cook Rhodes

Casa Cook Rhodes

Kolymbia, Rhodes
of 5, from 8 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Kolymbia, this luxury hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Tsambika Monastery and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Tsambika Beach. Seven Springs and Archangel Michael's Orthodox Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Marietta Hotel and Apartments

Marietta Hotel and Apartments

Pastida, Rhodes
of 5, from 25 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in a rural location, this family-friendly apartment is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stamatiadis Mineralogy and Paleontology Museum, Rhodes Aquarium, and Water Park Faliraki. Faliraki Beach and Akti Miaouli Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Esperos Palace Hotel

Esperos Palace Hotel

Kallithea Avenue, Faliraki, Rhodes
of 5, from 29 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Faliraki, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention center and within a 10-minute walk of Kallithea Beach and Water Park Faliraki. Faliraki Beach and Kallithea Springs are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Lindos Imperial - All Inclusive

Lindos Imperial - All Inclusive

Kiotari, Rhodes
of 5, from 2 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Kiotari resort is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Kiotari Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pefkos Beach and Asklipio Castle. Vlycha Beach and St. Pauls Bay are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Mitsis Petit Palais

Mitsis Petit Palais

3 Stratigou Griva Street, Rhodes
of 5, from 26 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Rhodes Town, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Maria della Vittoria Church, Rhodes Aquarium, and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Archaeological Museum of Rhodes and Acropolis of Rhodes are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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