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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.
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.
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.