Rhodes Island Sights
Explore the largest and most fascinating island in the Dodecanese
There is so much to discover in Rhodes. Featuring stunning beaches, the island is primarily known as a fantastic place for summer holidays, but its remarkable history, interesting culture, mild weather (nine months of sunshine per year!) and beautiful scenery in fact make a perfect year-round holiday destination. There are so many places to see and things to do in Rhodes!
The capital of Rhodes, history, culture, shopping and attractions
The Medieval City center of the vibrant capital of Rhodes Island in Greece enchants every visitor, but the more modern part of the city, built mostly by the Italians, is a delight as well. Magnificent Venetian, neoclassical and modern buildings house landmarks such as the National Theatre, the City Hall, the historical post office and the legendary beach-front Grande Albergo delle Rose where you can try your luck at the lavishly elegant casino. Everybody enjoys a stroll in the Mandraki Marina where two pretty deer statues stand right where in ancient times the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven Wonders of the World, towered tall above the sea, or a visit up the Hill of Monte Smith with its breath-taking views and sunsets. A visit to the underground Aquarium, an important marine research center, is worth it as well.
Get a map, rent a car and go and explore Rhodes island!
Hills covered with olive trees and wild Mediterranean vegetation, charming traditional villages, small Byzantine churches, old monasteries and a coast lined with glorious sandy beaches. Rhodes has more than you’d expect from a Greek island: There are lively beach resorts where the entertainment includes an excellent choice of water sports as well as some animated nightlife, but you can easily avoid the bustle and instead enjoy the sophisticated “other side” of Rhodes: the majestic beauty of the landscape, the virgin beaches in the south, the Byzantine frescos in old monasteries and the historical villages that dot the landscape. Come off-season to explore the island’s endless walking trails enjoying the mild weather and beautiful nature. Let the famous butterfly valley enchant you or enjoy the magical views from Venetian fort of Monolithos. Relax or have an adrenaline filled afternoon at Prassonissi with its two beaches, one calm, one with high winds for all sorts of extreme water sports. And visit Lindos, a small and picture-perfect whitewashed historical town crowned by the majestic Acropolis and the ancient Temple of Athena Lindia, dating back to the 4th century BC.