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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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Esperos Village Blue & Spa - Adults only £141
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019
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Esperos Village Blue & Spa - Adults only

Esperos Village Blue & Spa - Adults only

Kallithea Avenue, Faliraki, Rhodes
     
    4.7 of 5
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    The best hotel in Rhodes, it's our 5th time in Rhodes and this hotel is really the best one we been in

    Rodos Palace Hotel
    Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019
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    Rodos Palace Hotel

    Rodos Palace Hotel

    Trianton Avenue, Ixia, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
       
      3.9 of 5
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      Limited parking. Elevators too small for this size hotel.

      Sheraton Rhodes Resort £109
      Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019
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      Sheraton Rhodes Resort

      Sheraton Rhodes Resort

      Ialyssos Avenue, Ixia, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
         
        4.4 of 5
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        Staff Location Swimming pools Dining Rooms Balcony view

        La Marquise Luxury Resort Complex £139
        Reviewed on 4 Jul 2019
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        La Marquise Luxury Resort Complex

        La Marquise Luxury Resort Complex

        Rodou-Falirakiou, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
           
          4.5 of 5
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          The room setting was lovely. The pools fabulous. All the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The breakfast choice was fantastic. We had lunch at the pool bar which was really good and we ate at the dinner buffet which again was fabulous. The choice of food was excellent. The entertainment ...

          Rodos Palladium Leisure & Wellness £141
          Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019
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          Rodos Palladium Leisure & Wellness

          Rodos Palladium Leisure & Wellness

          P. O. Box 180, Kallithea, Rhodes, Rhodes
             
            4.5 of 5
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            All Senses Nautica Blue Exclusive Resort & Spa-All Inclusive £81
            Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019
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            Fanes, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
               
              4.0 of 5
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              Everyone was very helpful and friendly, food and drink was very good and we were very well looked after. The entertainment in the evening was well presented and the entertainment staff didn't stop all day to welcome you and make you feel at home, no matter what language you speak. We had a private ...

              Akti Imperial Deluxe Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
              Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019
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              Akti Imperial Deluxe Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

              Akti Imperial Deluxe Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

              Rhodes, Ixia, Rhodes, AGEAN
                 
                4.4 of 5
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                The friendly staff, and great daytime and evening entertainment.

                Best Western Plus Hotel Plaza
                Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019
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                Best Western Plus Hotel Plaza

                Best Western Plus Hotel Plaza

                7 Ierou Lochou Street, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
                   
                  4.1 of 5
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                  Great hotel, very good location. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was excellent as well

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