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Greece’s historical capital is ideal for those who love to discover the culture of their chosen destination, all with the Grecian virtues of beautiful beaches, luxury hotels, friendly people and a delicious foodie scene.
Cultural, fun and beautiful
What draws holidaymakers to Rhodes first is its beaches. A mix of vibrant seafront towns with fun bars and quieter coves with just the ocean as your company means everyone is well catered for when it comes to days soaking up the island’s 300 days of sunshine. Beyond the beach though is an island steeped in history. Wander through the winding maze of the Old Town and you’ll soon be transported back to the medieval era, whilst the ancient town of Lindos offers a fascinating acropolis.
Why visit Rhodes?
· The oldest inhabited medieval city in Europe, the Old Town of Rhodes is a deeply fascinating and charming destination to visit. The cobbled streets adorned with small shops and inns are like a maze, but you can always find your way back as you soak up the history and culture of this place. Byzantine and Gothic churches loom over little lanes filled with lovely restaurants, and traditional fountains offer a scenic spot to rest and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Take the time to visit the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a jaw-dropping medieval castle.
· Rhodes is the historical capital of the Dodecanese Islands, meaning there’s lots of things for culture buffs to see and do here. Spanning decades of influences and invasions, you’ll discover traces of Ottoman, Italian, Roman and Mussolini eras – Rhodes is a kaleidoscope of cultures and differing architecture. Our favourite sites to discover include the Acropolis of Lindos – Lindos itself is a historical and inspiring white-washed town, and the acropolis is adorned with an incredible ancient temple and towers for you to explore. Meanwhile, the Archaeological Museum in the Old Town offers insight into the Archaic, Roman, Mycenaean and Hellenistic periods with its collection of antiques and objects.
· Rhodes has a bounty of beautiful beaches, ranging from the laidback to the lively. If you’re hoping to experience great nightlife and bustling restaurants, Faliraki has plenty of bars and restaurants open late into the night as well as a waterpark and safe waters for families during the day. Just south of Faliraki is Anthony Quinn Bay, a naturally stunning bay for something a little quieter. Those seeking a thrill will love Ialyssos’ scuba diving and wind-surfing opportunities, whilst Trianda Beach is known for its opulent resorts and quiet demeanour.
· Alongside the Greek favourites, Rhodes has its own delicacies that are well worth trying. Head to a local restaurant and grab a few delicious appetisers – pitaroudia are delicious fried chickpea balls mixed with mint, tomato and onion, and we love the stuffed cyclamen leaves with lentils. The wine in Rhodes is sensational too, and their way of making wine is part of a long-lasting tradition that dates back to ancient times. Be sure to try the local Souma drink, produced in the village of Embonas. Made from grapes, each fruit is removed from the stem, pressed to extract the juices, and them boiled in cauldrons and poured into barrels to cool.