Rhodes is one of the most visited places in Greece. It is the biggest island of the Dodecanese, best known for the Colossus of Rhodes. The Colossus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Old World, and was sadly lost during an earthquake in 226 BC.
Rhodes is an ideal summer destination for its beautiful beaches. However, there are many things to do there in the winter, as well. Medieval towns, archaeological sites and museums combine well with the local gastronomy and the nature of the island. For those interested in history, the medieval old town of the city of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Things to see and do in Rhodes
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights
Also known as Kastello, the castle dates back to the 14th century and along with its towers and arches, it is one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. The castle hosts an interesting museum with objects from different historic periods.
Acropolis of Rhodes
Sanctuaries, temples and public buildings populated the Acropolis of Rhodes, a fine example of Hellenic architecture. Among the buildings worth a visit are the buildings of the Stoa and the Stadium.
Located between the resorts of Kalithea and Faliraki, Kalithea Springs is a spa dating back to classical times. There you can find a small beach with peaceful surroundings; sand and shallow waters, that make it a favorite among families with kids.
The village of Lindos is another attraction of the island. Lindos is on a large bay facing the fishing village of Charaki. Another landmark of the area is the Acropolis of Lindos with the magnificent temple of Athena.
Agios Pavlos or St. Paul’s Bay
The legend says that St. Paul arrived here in 51 AD to preach Christianity to the locals. The bay is just outside Lindos, and is one of the most photographed of the island. There is a small church on the hillside with unique views of the nearby acropolis.
Known as the oldest park in the world, Rodini is less than 3 kilometers (one mile) from the city of Rhodes. The park has dense vegetation, while rivers form pools and waterfalls. The landscape is made of bridges and benches where you can sit and watch the deer, ducks and peacocks.
Anthony Quinn Bay
This famous bay is surrounded by pine trees that almost touch the sea. Emerald waters are the main attraction of the most beautiful beach of Rhodes. Anthony Quinn Bay is very popular among young people, while families tend to avoid it because the rocky shore is a bit risky for kids.
The Valley of the Petaloudes
The Valley of the Petaloudes, or Valley of the Butterflies, is the natural habitat of millions of Tiger moths that have been living in the area since May. During the summer, millions of moths cover entire trees offering a unique sight. The valley, rich in rare natural beauty, also hosts a small natural history museum.
Rhodes has a long tradition in handmade pasta because of the Italian presence and influence in the Dodecanese. Fried pitaroudia are a traditional dish made of tomatoes, chickpeas or minced meat. Dolmadakia are stuffed vine leaves made with lentils and rice. Other local dishes include grilled fish and lamb. Soupioryzo is a kind of risotto boiled in cuttlefish ink, and rouzetia are small red sand fish served fried, with a popular garlic dip known as skordalia.
Museums and attractions
Rhodes is home to some interesting museums. The Archaeological Museum focuses on objects from the Hellenistic times. The Municipal Gallery of Rhodes, instead, is home to a unique collection of paintings. Others include the Jewish Museum, the Modern Art Museum and the Bee Musuem. For small kids, make some time to visit the Toy Museum in Archipoli, as well as the Aquarium of Rhodes.
How to reach Rhodes
By plane: Diagoras International Airport is 14 kilometers from the city of Rhodes and local buses connect the terminal to town.
By ferry: It is possible to reach Rhodes by ferry or high-speed boat. Ferries usually depart from the port of Piraeus in Athens.
Where to stay
Nestling in an oasis of greenery and tranquility, Rodos Park Suites & Spa hotel epitomizes the sophistication of a luxury boutique hotel, combined with warm hospitality, seamless service, relaxed elegance, gastronomy and history.
Surrounded by lush parks and flower gardens, it has an ideal location in the capital of Rhodes island just a few steps away from the historic d’Amboise gateway to the Medieval City, as well as the beach, the casino and the modern shopping area.
Only a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the Palace of the Grand Master, as well as countless other historical and religious monuments and museums that recount the history of the island. A leisurely walk through the cobble-stoned alleyways of the Old City becomes a journey through history.
Winner of various awards (such as the Tripadvisor “Certificate of Excellence” for six years in a row (2011-2016), the booking.com Award of Excellence 2015, the “Best City Hotel in Greece”), and offering high quality services, Rodos Park welcomes guests and stands out as one of the top hotels in Rhodes and Greece.