The Old Town
A UNESCO world heritage centre since 1988, the fortified medieval city of Rhodes is the island’s foremost attraction. Behind the remarkable 4-km-long walls with their countless towers, bastions, and knightly coats of arms, is a labyrinthine architectural complex that transports visitors back to a bygone era. Don’t miss the amazing 14th-century Palace of the Grand Master, with its priceless treasures, and the atmospheric Street of the Knights, as well as Hippocrates Square, the Square of the Jewish Martyrs, and Socrates Street, the commercial heart of the town.
A pine-covered valley traversed by the small river Pelekanos near the village of Theologos is the location of a unique natural spectacle, as it is a refuge for the rare butterfly Panaxia quadripunctaria.
These breathtaking Hellenistic ruins on Monte Smith hill are a majestic sight. Tour the wonderfully restored stadium of Diagoras, dating from the 2nd century BC, the Doric Temple of Pythian Apollo, and the Roman Odeon, a restored 800-seat theatre. The highest point of the area has panoramic views of Rhodes and perhaps the most gorgeous sunset on the island.
The Archaeological Museum
Housed in the magnificent Knights’ Hospital (1440-1499), a jewel of Gothic architecture in the Old Town, the museum’s collection contains finds from excavations on Rhodes and the neighbouring islands.
Among the island’s most dazzling natural wonders, this pine-covered islet just off the southern tip of Rhodes is joined to it by a thin 500-metre strip of sand, depending on the weather and the level of the sea. Surrounded by water, the beach is an international destination for windsurfing enthusiasts.
One of the most popular Mediterranean resorts from the 1950s to the 1970s. Its characteristic Cycladic aesthetics, with narrow cobbled streets, traditional white houses, and grand captain’s residences, give the village a picture-postcard quality. It lies in the shadow of the ancient acropolis of Lindos, dominated to this day by the Temple of Athena, and offers exceptional views of the Aegean.
The Monastery of Our Lady of Filerimos
Standing on a green hill, this historic 14th-century monastery is notable for its Gothic architecture and beautiful environment. Its most prominent feature is the “Street of Martyrdom”, a paved uphill path of 134 steps that represents Christ’s fourteen stops on the road to Golgotha. The route ends in a giant cross, 18 metres high, with unparalleled views.
The New Town of Rhodes spreads out from the port of Mandraki, outside the walls of the medieval city. A showcase of building design from the Italian occupation, it is well-worth exploring.
Built in 1929 by the Italian Pietro Lombardi, the island’s renowned spa complex brings together a variety of styles, from Arabian to art deco. Its most striking feature is the rotunda, with its pebble mosaics and white arches.
The mountain villages of Rhodes
A drive around the island’s interior is the perfect way to discover its unforgettable villages and authentic customs. Be sure to make a stop in Embonas, with its old wineries; Archangelos, with its medieval ruins and age-old tradition of pottery; the maze-like Koskinou, with its colourful gates and ornate pebble mosaics; and Kritinia, with its impressive castle.