Rhodes Island Guide

Rhodes

Introduction

Rhodes has the distinction of being my first-ever Greek island. In 1990, I first set foot on Greek soil as my parents took us on our first foreign holiday to the beach resort of Pefkos. I was only eight then, but it must have made a lasting impression on me, given how much I love the country now!

Of course, at that age, I only remember loving the hot, sunny days, being off school and spending most of my time in and out of the sea or making sandcastles on the beach. I was a very fussy eater, so my appreciation of Greek cuisine took quite a few years. I remember mainly surviving on meatballs and chips on the first few visits. They were tasty, though!

I didn’t revisit Rhodes until 2021 – a whopping 31 years later – and, if I’m honest, I didn’t plan to stop on the island. My original itinerary would have taken me from Karpathos to Chalki, then Tilos and from Tilos to Kos. When I realised the ferry to Chalki was at an inconvenient time. However, I detoured via Rhodes and spent a fantastic 3-nights exploring Rhodes Town, enjoying it way more than I had expected.

Background

Rhodes is a beautiful Greek island located in the southeastern Aegean Sea. With its rich history, stunning beaches, and charming villages, Rhodes is a destination that has something for everyone.

One of the main attractions of Rhodes is its rich history, which dates back thousands of years. The island is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Medieval City of Rhodes, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns. Visitors can stroll through the town’s narrow streets and admire its impressive architecture, which includes the Palace of the Grand Master and the Street of the Knights.

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

Rhodes is also famous for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters and golden sand. Visitors can choose from various beaches, from secluded coves to lively resorts. The most famous of these is Faliraki, a long stretch of golden sand that is popular with tourists and locals alike.

For those who love nature, Rhodes offers numerous opportunities to explore the island’s rugged terrain and beautiful landscapes. The island is home to the Valley of the Butterflies, a natural park home to thousands of butterflies during summer. Visitors can also hike through the island’s pine forests and explore its many streams and waterfalls.

Rhodes is also known for its charming villages, each with unique character and charm. The village of Lindos, located on the island’s east coast, is famous for its Acropolis, a hilltop citadel that offers stunning views of the Aegean Sea. The village of Rhodes Town is also a popular destination, with its impressive architecture and lively atmosphere.

Finally, Rhodes is a destination that offers something for food lovers, with numerous restaurants that offer traditional Greek cuisine and international dishes. The island’s rich soil is ideal for growing fruits and vegetables, and its seafood is among the freshest in Greece.

The heavily restored Roman Odeon in Rhodes Town

Rhodes Summary

In conclusion, Rhodes is a destination that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. With its rich history, stunning beaches, charming villages, and delicious cuisine, it is a destination that offers something for everyone. So, if you’re planning a trip to Greece, include Rhodes in your itinerary – it’s an experience you won’t forget.

Rhodes Blog Posts

Find out more about Rhodes by reading our recent blog posts:

  • Lydia Hotel, Rhodes Town, Rhodes

    Lydia Hotel, Rhodes Town, Rhodes

    Review Rating: 4/5 Date of visit: July 2021 Location Lydia Hotel is centrally located towards the northern end of Rhodes Town, making it an ideal place to stay for anyone…

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  • Day 22: Rhodes Town Beach

    Day 22: Rhodes Town Beach

    This post is part of a series called Greek Odyssey 2021 Tuesday 27th July 2021 Less Sightseeing, More Sunbathing I had seen all of the sights in Rhodes Town that…

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  • Day 21: Exploring Rhodes Town

    Day 21: Exploring Rhodes Town

    This post is part of a series called Greek Odyssey 2021 Monday 26th July 2021 Taking in the Sights I woke just after 7 am after a great night’s sleep…

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  • Day 20: Rhodes Arrival

    Day 20: Rhodes Arrival

    This post is part of a series called Greek Odyssey 2021 Sunday 25th July 2021 Packing Again After a very enjoyable 5 nights on Karpathos, it was time to pack…

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