Rhodes, situated in the south-eastern Aegean Sea, is the capital of the Dodecanese islands and there are many reasons why Rhodes is one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean: the natural surroundings (crystal clear seas, beautiful parks and leisure facilities), over 300 days of sunshine and the warm hospitality of the islanders themselves.
Rhodes has been famous since antiquity as the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Traditional Lindos, with its white houses, ship-owners mansions, Byzantines churches and cobbled narrow lanes, lies at the foot of the rocky acropolis. Taking one of these narrow lanes through the town, or hiring a donkey from the main square, you can ascend the ancient acropolis that stands dominating the village, surrounded by its strong walls. The ancient Byzantine and Knights remains, as well as its astonishing views over the town and sea, make a visit to the acropolis a must. Some of the sights close to Lindos include: Kalathos, with Vlyha's sandy beach and modern hotel complexes; Pylona's famous church of Panagia Kira; Pefkos, an expanding resort with a long shoreline; Lardos, with its beach, quiet Glystra bay, and traditional tavernas. The monastery of the Archangel Michael at Tharri, close to the village of Laerma, is especially interesting.
The Medieval town of Rhodes, built by the Hospitalliers Knights, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. In 1988 it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. . Walk along the cobbled streets, through the arches and enjoy the great architectural masterpieces of Byzantine, Gothic and Ottoman influences. Enter through one of the nine grandiose Gothic gates to find innumerable churches. The Knights of the Order of St. John added gothic elements to the lodging of the Twelve Nations in the Knight’s street leading to the unique Grand Master’s Palace.
THINGS TO DO & SEE
Acropolis of Lindos
Rhodes Old Town (walled medieval city)
Acropolis of Rhodes
Kallithea Thermes (spa)
Valley of the Butterflies
Temple of Apollo
Palace of the Grand Masters
Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish quarter
Castle of Monolithos
In a Nutshell
Rhodes is blessed with long hot summers and has hidden depths away from the mass market resorts..Try Lindos or spend time in Rhodes town itself.
Fly to Rhodes - - Approx. 35-65min transfer time to resort
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