Rhodes Holidays – 10 Reasons to Travel to the Island of the Knights!

Golden sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, pine-covered mountains, and picturesque mountain settlements, archaeological sites, medieval castles, historic sites, delicious food, and sunshine most of the year. These are just some of the pieces that make up the “Rhodes” puzzle. More ideas and suggestions for the “Island of the Knights” in the following article.

1. The only medieval town of Rhodes

It was founded in 408 BC. and is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world. In 1998 it was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Entrance to the Old Town of Rhodes from the Freedom Gate (also known as the Sea Gate) will take you mentally to other times. A maze of cobblestones, impressive medieval buildings, minarets, and beautiful fountain squares are just some of the pictures you will see there.

Tens of thousands of visitors descend each year on the famous “Street of the Knights” in the Old Town of Rhodes, home to members of the Order of the Knights of St. John. The Palace of the Grand Master (Castello) was built in the 14th century, but much of it was destroyed by a burst of dynamite in 1856. During the Italian occupation, restoration work took place as it was the residence of the Italian governor and is today one of the major sights in Italy. Rhodes island.

In its rooms, you can admire the gorgeous mosaic floors that Italians brought from various buildings in Kos in the 1930s to decorate it. Medieval furniture, paintings and other objects of the time complement the imposing monument. Inside the Palace is another permanent exhibition of excavations made in the Medieval City of Rhodes that “tell” the history of the island from the early Christian years until its conquest by the Turks.

Opening Hours: November-March (Tuesday to Sunday 08: 00-15: 00), April-October (daily 08: 00-20: 00)

Closed: New Year’s Day, March 25th, May Day, Easter Sunday and December 25th & 26th

Entry price: 9 €

On Socrates Street – the main street within the medieval walls – the “heart” of the old town of Rhodes beats. You will find many shops, cafes, and restaurants here. The summer is full of tourists from early morning until late at night.

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2. Sights in the Old Town of Rhodes

Within the atmospheric and mystical walls of the Old Town of Rhodes, you will also find the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes and the Museum of Modern Greek Art, the Suleiman Mosque of the Magnificent, the Church of Our Lady of the Castle and the Ottoman Lights. The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is housed in the former Hospital of the Knights. The medieval, Gothic edifice was begun in 1440 by the Grand Master Maestro de Laustique and was completed half a century after the Maestro d’Obison. It houses a great collection of archaeological finds that testify to the great history of Rhodes in the depths of centuries.

Admission is free on the following dates: March 6, April 18, May 18, the last weekend of September and public holidays.

Tip: Don’t forget to climb the Clock Tower and admire the magnificent view of the Old Town of Rhodes.

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3. A brief tour of the new city of Rhodes

Outside the medieval town of Rhodes, your choices are many. Wonderful examples of European architecture from the early 20th century adorn the new city of Rhodes. A shining example is the imposing Post Office of Rhodes on Freedom Square. It was built around 1926 in the early years of Italian rule and bears the signature of the architect Florestano di Fausto. The impressive building of the Prefecture, reminiscent of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, is another major attraction on the island, as is the Town Hall and the National Theater. Opposite the mosque of Murat Reis is located. Notice his special minaret!

An afternoon stroll in Mandraki, the picturesque harbor with the characteristic deer statues, is an experience that every visitor to Rhodes should enjoy. Among the luxury yachts and sailing boats at the port, you will find all three mills and the lighthouse of Agios Nikolaos.

The Aquarium of Rhodes is housed in a historic 1935 building on the northernmost tip of the island. It is a nice suggestion for an educational outing for those traveling with children.

Opening Hours: Daily (April-October: 09: 00-20: 30 & November-March: 09: 00-16: 30).

Closed: New Year’s, Easter Sunday and Christmas.

 

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4. Overlook the view from the Monte Smith hill

The Acropolis of Ancient Rhodes looks at the present city from above, from the hill named after the English admiral Cindy Smith. On this hill, Admiral Smith had set up his observatory in 1802 to monitor Napoleon’s fleet movements. The Monte Smith hill overlooks the Dodecanese capital and offers panoramic views of the old and new town of Rhodes, the sea and the neighboring islands. It is also known as St. Stephen’s Hill. Here are the ruins of the Acropolis of the ancient city of Rhodes, the temple of Pythios Apollo and the restored ancient Diagoras Stadium. A hill is a meeting place for those who want to enjoy a sunset with a view!

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5. Lindos: How to resist this beauty?

Traveling to Rhodes without a visit to Lindos just doesn’t make sense! Only when one visits this place does one realize its true beauty. A bare and imposing rock that rises to 116 meters and is surrounded by the sea! At the foot of the captain’s mansions, alleys reminiscent of Cycladic islands and at the top of the ancient city of Lindos. There you will find the Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, the Greek Orthodox Church of Agios Ioannis and a 13th-century castle. The uphill path that crosses the traditional settlement to the archaeological site of Lindos is the same as in antiquity. You can climb on foot or with a donkey.

Tip: Rhodes summer visitors (as well as those who start their swims before the “official start” of summer) can enjoy refreshing dives on Lindos beach. It is tourist-developed and has water sports facilities.

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6. Beaches for demanding travelers!

Beaches pebbly, sandy, lively or deserted, organized or in absolutely nothing, in small coves or spread out for many kilometers. What makes the beaches of Rhodes stand out is their variety! It is no coincidence that every year the island is “sunk” by tourists, who want to live for a few days of tranquility overlooking landscapes of unique natural beauty.

Whatever your preferences, the only sure thing is that in Rhodes you will find the perfect beach for you! From the cosmopolitan atmosphere and frenzied fun to beach bars, to beaches that are perfect for families or those who lack water sports.

Ixia is a huge beach, stretching 8 kilometers long, combining sand and large, white pebbles. Meltemias often make their appearance here in the summer months, making them one of the top windsurfing options. Faliraki with its 5km of sandy beach attracts mainly foreign tourists, who choose the hotels of the area for their stay. In Vlycha you will enjoy moments of peace away from the crowds. The golden sand and crystal clear waters perfectly complement the setting. Ladiko and Anthony Quinn beaches are also ideal for relaxation. If you are staying in the city of Rhodes, you can dive into the waters of the beach at its northern end, next to the large hotel units there. Tsambika is one of the most popular beaches of Rhodes and can be accessed by boat.

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7. For kite-surfing on the beaches of “2 in 1” in Prasonisi!

Nature makes its own plays at the southernmost tip of Rhodes. Prasonisi is sometimes … an island (usually in winter) and sometimes a peninsula! In summer, depending on the prevailing weather conditions, the thickness of the sand lane that connects it to the land fluctuates and two beaches are created … one with waves and the other without! Don’t choose it if you want to enjoy your bath in peace. Prassonissi is a small paradise for water sports enthusiasts and especially for windsurfing and kite-surfing due to the ideal winds blowing in the area.

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8. Thermal tourism on the island of Rhodes

Known from antiquity for the healing properties of their waters, Kallithea’s thermal springs should be on the list of destinations to visit on your next trip to Rhodes. They are 9 km away from the capital of the island. The building is characterized by a unique architectural style, with stunning mosaic floors, a patio and Rotonda’s distinct lounge. You’ll feel like starring in a decades-old movie!

Kallithea beach is famous for its impressive seabed. Diving enthusiasts choose it for their underwater explorations!

9. The Valley of Butterflies

The famous “Valley of the Butterflies” is Rhodes’ most famous natural attraction. The rare habitat, located in the northwestern part of the island near the village of Theologos, is the summer home of the Panaxia Quadripunctaria nocturnal. The lush landscape with lush vegetation, wooden bridges and ornate trails by the Pelican River impress visitors. Butterflies flood the area during the months of June-September. If you plan to travel to Rhodes in the summer, make a stop here to see this special event and visit the Museum of Natural History of Rhodes. If you enjoy hiking and … uphill, continue your exploration of the uphill path leading to the Kalopetra monastery.

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10. The Wonderful World of Bees

Discover the world of bees at the Bee Museum of Beekeeping and Natural History! Observe the working bees through transparent observation beehives and learn about the tradition and history of beekeeping on the island of Rhodes. You can try and get natural products based on honey, pollen, propolis and royal jelly. In the bee museum you will find the “melekouni”, the traditional sweet of Rhodes that the islanders bring to weddings and baptisms.

Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 08: 30-17: 00, Sunday 09: 00-13: 00

 

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