Rhodes – Intriguing History, Beautiful Beaches and Aquamarine Sea

Rhodes is the largest in the group of Greek Islands known as the Dodecanese, situated off the West coast of Turkey.  With many days of hot sunshine, friendly locals and delicious cuisine, including wonderful fresh fish and seafood, Rhodes is a popular destination for couples, families and groups.  Whether you want a relaxing week on a gorgeous beach with amazingly clear water, or a historical trip back in time to appreciate medieval marvels, Rhodes is the perfect place for you.

Rhodes Old Town by Kerry Silver

Rhodes Old Town by Kerry Silver

The rich history of Rhodes is deeply intertwined with mythology; the ancient cities of Lindos, Camiros and Ialysos were named after the three sons of Cercafos, who came into being when the sun God Helios chose Rhodes as his bride.  Today, the largest town on the island is Rhodes Town, founded in 408BC.  Its Old Town area is a World Heritage Site and the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe. The 12 metre thick city walls surrounding the Old Town are one of the finest examples of medieval defensive architecture that survive today.  Wander through the squares, streets and alleyways of this stunning, ancient town and you will see a discovery round every corner.  From the gleaming white tower rising from the synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, to the imposing 15th century knights hospital, which now houses the archeological museum; there is something for everyone.

Rhodes-Statue Marking Colossus Feet by Bruce HH

Rhodes-Statue Marking Colossus Feet by Bruce HH

When you have had your fill of history, stop to enjoy a romantic meal at one of the many restaurants in the Old Town, before taking a stroll round the picturesque harbour area outside the town walls. The New Town area is home to the Acropolis of Rhodes, and offers a wonderful beach with many water-based activities.  A scuba diving experience will give you the chance to truly appreciate the beautiful aquamarine waters around Rhodes and discover a totally new, underwater world!

Lindos is the most famous of the ancient cities, situated 48 kilometres from Rhodes Town. Charming 17th century houses all in the dazzling white, typical of Greek buildings, line the narrow winding lanes; and there is a great selection of amazing rooftop restaurants to visit, making Lindos a must-see for any visitor to Rhodes.  With two stunning beaches and beautiful calm sea perfect for swimming and snorkeling, it is also the ideal place to relax and unwind.  Make sure you take time to explore the Acropolis of Lindos, which rises spectacularly above the village.  You can either reach it on foot, or hitch a lift from the donkey terminus near the main square.

Rhodes Old Town bar by Christian Ghe

Rhodes Old Town bar by Christian Ghe

If you want to get away from it all, Southern Rhodes offers quiet beaches and a tranquil atmosphere, and for those wishing to discover the Greek way of life, you can visit the interior of the island to discover the wine and olive growing regions.   With everything you could wish for on your holiday, and a new discovery around every corner, Rhodes is certainly a place to make memories that will last you a lifetime.

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