The Greek island of Rhodes is famous for it's white sandy beaches, medieval town and many archaeological sites. It's easy to travel around the island and explore the many quaint Mediterranean villages due to its small size, affordable prices and welcoming local culture.
Visit the medieval castle with Gothic architecture in the historic Old Town, near to the Colossus and Acropolis.
Enjoy a stroll through Oriental Sweetgum trees filled with native butterflies on your way to the monastery at the top of the hill.
Here you can relax in the natural thermal therapeutic springs just 9km outside of the city center.
This relatively untouched strip of beach is a popular spot to visit for surfing visitors.
Hike the 2-3 hours needed to reach the summit of the nearly 1215 meter high mountain.
The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, also known more simply as The Kastello, is a stunning medieval castle in the center of the city of Rhodes. The castle has dominated the skyline for many centuries, having been originally built as a Byzantine citadel in the 7th century. Throughout its tumultuous history, it has been home to the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller, the Ottoman Empire and even the Italian dictator Mussolini. Today you can visit the castle and see 24 of the most important rooms -- that are full of sculptures, mosaics and furnishings -- along with a fascinating exhibition of the history of ancient Rhodes.
The Acropolis of Rhodes dates from the 5th century BC and stands at the highest part of the city, giving fabulous views of Rhodes and the sea beyond. The site includes the Temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polias, with its soaring Doric columns and also the Nymphaeums. These man-made caves were cut out of the rock and used for worship, recreation and water storage. There is also an ancient stadium and theater at the site. The site is just two miles from the center of Rhodes city and is a rewarding visit, giving an amazing glimpse into the glorious past of Classical Greece.
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes occupies the fabulous building that was the hospital of the ancient order of the Knights of St John. It was built between 1440 and 1489. The museum houses one of the most important collections of ancient Greek artifacts outside of Athens. Wandering through the numerous museum rooms, you will be able to enjoy the stunning interior of the building while learning more about Greek history and the various occupations of the island of Rhodes throughout the centuries.
The Rhodes Aquarium is found at the northern shore of the city, a pleasant walk along the seafront. The aquarium is housed in a striking building, created to feel like an undersea cave. This hydrobiological station is where you can learn all about the rich sea life in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The corridors inside the building are designed like underwater tunnels -- encrusted with sea shells and curving like eels. It is a unique experience, both educational and fun, with some very helpful staff on hand to help you understand the exhibits.
The Valley of the Butterflies is around 15 miles from Rhodes city center. In this beautiful nature reserve, the Pelecanos River tumbles down the narrow valley into a lovely green pond. The valley is full of zitia trees, which excrete an aromatic sap that is said to attract the butterflies. Visitors in the summer months can witness an extraordinary sight, as millions of butterflies rest on the trees, sometimes covering the entire trunks. There is a small but interesting museum at the entrance to the valley and some absolutely stunning walking trails to discover.
The best time to visit Rhodes is in the summer months between June-September, when the island's cultural activities, outdoor performances and tourist excursions are in full swing.
Diagoras International Airport is located on the west side of the island 14km away from the capital of Rodos. One way flights from London to Rhodes are around 90 euros.
There are many cruise lines and ferries with routes to Rhodes port from Turkey (Fethiye, Marmaris, Bodrum) and other Greek islands. Round-trip fares from Fethiye, Turkey cost approximately 33 euros.
The In Camera Art Boutique Hotel is close to Old Town and has breakfast included starting at 120 euros per night.
Old City - The historic medieval center surrounds the old Palace on the northern tip of the island.
Prasonisi - Located on the southwest corner, this island peninsula in summer is popular for its sandy beaches and water sports activities.
Lindos - This trendy beach town has many bars and restaurants located along the bay front.
There are many buses traveling the island from the main terminal at Neá Agorá. Tickets can be purchased upon boarding the bus, with a one way ticket costing 2.3 euros.
Taxis are dark blue in color, with a starting tariff of 3.5 euros. A fixed minimum fare around Rodos downtown costs 4 euros.
Pick up your rental vehicle from the airport, ship port or a downtown Rodos location. Daily rates start at 20 euros.
Ceramic bowls, folk art, locally made wine and handmade jewelry can be haggled over in the Old City from small shop owners.
The main food shopping markets in Rhodes are Ilisia, ABC and Carrefour supermarkets. A dozen eggs costs 3.5 euros.
Off the beaten track, Jivino offers a spread of Mediterranean dishes with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Average meal prices amount to around 20 euros per person.
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