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The Ultimate Rhodes Island Travel Guide

A Fairytale Island

Rhodes

Rhodes Dodecanese

The Destination

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea and one of the most popular ones for those visiting Greece. Fully developed as a tourist attraction since the ‘60s, Rhodes boasts an amazing coastline, numerous ancient marvels, and a bustling capital.

Widely known as the Island of the Knights, Rhodes is a holiday heaven, and it is very worth spending more than a week there as there are countless things to see and do. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site while the island had been one of the most important trade centers of the East Mediterranean which left its mark on its diversified personality.

The capital city of the island, homonymous Rhodes, boasts remarkable neoclassical buildings, large squares with palm trees, and several museums and sites of interest while being surrounded by the cobalt Aegean Sea.

Highlights

THE MEDIEVAL OLD TOWN

A marvel of the Medieval era, the Old Town of Rhodes is a masterpiece that separates the new from the old. Stone paved alleys, corridors, and arches, medieval buildings servings as museums or modern wine bars, the Old Town is a destination in itself. Explore every single corner and soon you will have the feeling that a knight on his horse will appear in front of you.

LINDOS

The ancient Acropolis of the island is built on a cliff around 200m above sea level and served as a fortress and observation spot during ancient times. Due to its strong fortification and robust structures, it has been difficult to excavate further and present more archaeological findings, The charming settlement of the area is built right at the foot of the Acropolis comprised of whitewashed houses and narrow, graphic alleys.

VALLEY OF THE BUTTERFLIES

A place of unsurpassed natural beauty and the home of the only natural forest of the Oriental Sweetgum trees in Europe, this spot is nestled within a lush green canyon with natural lakes, waterfalls serving as the island’s most treasured natural park. It owes its name to the Panaxia Quadripunctaria (Jersey tiger), a nocturnal moth that comes here to rest during the period between May and September.

THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek God of the Sun, Helios, crafted in honour of the honour victory of Rhodes over Cyprus. A brilliant sample of ancient Greek craftsmanship, the statue was about 33m high (just like the Statue of Liberty) and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Regretfully the statue collapsed during an earthquake and only parts of it have been salvaged.

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In Details

Rhodes is the island of abundance, a place for fun holidays and relaxing breaks; it is a heaven for vacations for all types of travelers: families, couples, friends, you will all find whatever you need here. Lovers of culture and sightseeing will be impressed by the countless marvels of the island while those seeking beach fun and nightlife will be struck by the numerous options in beaches, dining, bars, and clubs.

Its vast area of almost 2000m2, its coastline that counts 200km, and its multifaced personality make Rhodes resemble a separate small country within Greece. Luxurious, super-organized resorts and some of the world’s leading hotel chains, like the ones in the cosmopolitan Ialyssos, harmonically co-exist with the island’s traditional villages and precious ancient monuments. Its Medieval Old Town, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, is nestled within the borders of the modern city of Rhodes and, upon entering its walls, the visitor is taken into a whole dimension of time travel.

Take a walk through the city’s streets and admire the neoclassical aura of its buildings, visit the Aquarium and dedicate at least a few hours to exploring the Old Town and have a wine in one of the area’s restored buildings. Head to the graphic old Acropolis of Lindos and stroll around the marvels of antiquity. Plan a day’s tour to the wonderful Valley of the Butterflies for a stroll through its untouched natural beauty with running waters, small wooden bridges, and the unique Oriental Sweetgum trees and admire the Jersey Tiger moths resting on the tree trunks and the moss-covered rocks. Make sure to tour the traditional villages of the island, namely Emponas, known for its wine-related customs, Afandou with its weaving tradition, Salakos and its natural wells, Psinthos, where you will walk through the largest squares in the Dodecanese and Koskinou with its houses with bright colors and pebble-paved yards.

BEST BEACHES IN RHODES

Kallithea A stunning landscape of rocky creeks surrounded by pine trees right at the foot of the renowned homonymous Spa Baths site offering a rich seabed for diving explorations.

Prasonissi At the southernmost spot of the island, Prasonissi is a heaven for windsurf lovers as here winds never cease to blow.

Anthony Quinn Rocky outlets with sunbeds and umbrellas, a narrow sandy coast and emerald-green waters under the shade of the pine trees.

Tsambika Mostly organized, the coast is sandy and surrounded by high cliffs while its waters are crystal clear. Perfect for families and water sports’ lovers.

Lindos At the foot of the island’s ancient Acropolis this is a popular coast ideal for families as it features soft sand and shallow, clean waters.

Afandou one of the island’s most popular beaches especially among locals, Afandou is sandy with pebbles at parts and deep, refreshing waters.

Glystra A hidden treasure, Glystra is a sandy and pebbled beach with shallow waters, partially organized and surrounded by trees.

Traganou Less busy than its neighbouring Afandou, Traganou is a pebbly coast, partially organized, ideal for snorkelling as it features a small cave at one part.

Jordan One of the coves near Kallithea Springs, Jordan is a place carved by sea and winds featuring a rocky surface but crystal-clear waters. Ideal for plunging and sun lounging.

Ladiko Near the graphic Anthony Quinn beach, Ladiko is a small cove offering a sandy coast and shiny turquoise waters ideal for snorkelling, but it can get crowded during peak season.

St. Paul’s Bay Stunning views to the Aegean Sea and The Acropolis of Lindos, emerald waters ideal for snorkelling and a sandy coast with sunbeds and umbrellas.

Agathi Fine sand, shallow waters, a few taverns serving Greek food and a long wide coast make Agathi ideal for families.

Ixia Popular among water sports and windsurfing aficionados, Ixia beach is very near the city of Rhodes and offers a sandy coast, many activities for children and several restaurants and bars.

Faliraki Perfect for parting, with a cosmopolitan flair, Faliraki is among the most popular and crowded coasts on the island fully organized, offerings many water sports options.

Elli Maybe the busiest coast on the island as one can walk there from the city, Elli is at the northernmost tip of the island and features beautiful waters and a heavily organized coast

Pefkos Powder-like, soft golden sand, shallow waters and an organized narrow coast that can get quite crowded during high season.

Kalathos Hardly ever crowded even in peak season, Kalathos is half sandy – half pebbled with beautiful waters, sunbeds and umbrellas and it is ideal for families and youngsters.

Kokkini Ammos Located at the south-eastern part of Rhodes, Kokkini Ammos is a hidden gem accessible only by boat, mostly preferred by locals due to its natural beauty: fine thin sand, shallow waters and caves

Haraki Perfect for water sports and scuba diving, Haraki is a lovely, quiet settlement with a small harbour, pebbled coast, sunbeds and umbrellas.

Location

HOW TO GET TO RHODES

You can reach Rhodes by boat from the port of Piraeus in about 15 hours while there is the option to fly from Athens International Airport in approximately 45’. The island is also connected to other islands of the Dodecanese.

Accommodation

Rhodes offers a vast variety of accommodation options in most of its towns and villages. Whether you select to stay at Rhodes Town, Ialyssos or any other popular resort, The Greek Villas team has a counteroffer for the most exquisite luxury villas for your holiday. Private villas for couples, large holiday villas for families or friends, villas with pools, or more traditional holiday villas, you’ve come to the right place. Just navigate through our collection of luxury villas in Rhodes and contact us to find your best match!

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