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A Greek island paradise

With a glorious 137-mile coastline, Rhodes – the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands – is a beach lover’s dream. But while its golden sands and striking pebble shores, bathed in sun for some 300 days of the year, are undeniably intoxicating, Rhodes holidays aren’t just about sun, sea and sand. It’s a place that suits history buffs and water sports fanatics just as well as couples or families on sandcastle-building missions.

Rhodes’ medieval old town, where the Byzantines, Greeks and Venetians have all left their mark, is thick with history, and the atmospheric ancient cities of Kamiros and Ialyssos are well worth a visit. Holidays to Rhodes also offer masses of opportunities to get out into nature on an adventure. Hiking trails criss-cross the island, and you can meander along coastal paths, through olive groves and flower-filled meadows to crumbling ancient monasteries.

Head to Rhodes’ interior and soak up the views from the top of its highest mountain, sip wine on a vineyard tour or stroll through a valley filled with butterflies. Once you’re done adventuring, retreat to a traditional taverna or a cool contemporary restaurant and dine on Greek food galore, followed by cocktails in a trendy bar. Bringing together ancient history with the best that nature has to offer, whether you’re a group of pals or a family looking for adventure, Rhodes has something for you.

Three tips for a top trip

Consider hiring a carRhodes is a big island with plenty to see beyond the beaches, so hire a car and enjoy beautiful vistas by the coast, or head inland to its rugged interior.
Try the local wineRhodes has form when it comes to winemaking – it’s been the biggest producer in the region since the 7th-century BC, so it’s only right that you sample a glass.
Book a tourTo really make the most of your visit, get all the insider knowledge from a local expert by booking a tour to the vineyards, the Valley of the Butterflies or the mountains.

Best attractions to see in Rhodes

Ancient sculptures

Visit the Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes, in Rhodes Town, and marvel at the incredible ancient sculptures and beautiful floor mosaics.

Profitis Ilias

The views of the turquoise sea from 800-metre-high Profitis Ilias, the highest mountain on Rhodes, are without a doubt some of the best on the island.

Acropolis of Lindos

Don’t miss this cliff-top site, home to the gorgeous ruins of the Temple to Athena Lindia. The views out to sea are something to write home about.

Your Rhodes questions, answered

For bars and restaurants within walking distance of each other, your best bet is Rhodes Town – you’ll find wine, craft beer bars and cool speakeasies. For clubs, hit Faliraki.

Families will be in their element, with plenty of sandy beaches and shallow water. There are also excellent water parks, go-karting courses and crazy golf.

July and August are the hottest months, so if sunbathing isn’t your main draw, try springtime – the weather will be warm and you can revel in the outdoors.