A chorus of whispers welcomes you to Rhodes. Whispers of Ancient Greeks, medieval knights, Ottoman Turks, and Venetians, overlaid with the lively buzz of visitors who flock to Rhodes for the glorious sights, organized beaches, and sunshine 300 days a year.
DID YOU KNOW?
The fortified Old Town of Rhodes is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. The Street of Knights will take you back to the time of the Crusaders, as you peek into the seven inns that were used to host soldiers. They’re all still functioning, though not open to visitors, as they are now local government offices.
Lindos, the glorious ancient port of Rhodes, crowned by its clifftop Acropolis. The views from the temple are astonishing. A traditional whitewashed village, Lindos clings to the hillside, where you can explore Byzantine churches, ornate pebble mosaics, and many atmospheric restaurants.
Tsambika is ideal for families with young children. Antony Quinn beach is best for couples looking for stunning scenery (it’s also popular with nudists). Hit St. Paul’s if you’re staying in Lindos and looking for something a little off-the-beaten-track. Windsurfers and kitesurfers ride the waves at Ixia and Prasonisi.
EAT & DRINK
An island with such a multicultural history is bound to have an eclectic cuisine. Share a variety of meze so you can try them all — pitaroudia (chickpea fritters flavoured with mint and cumin), giaprakia (stuffed vine leaves), and trahanas, a traditional grain often served with goat meat. Rhodes also produces excellent wines, notably the sparkling Cair label, along with an ouzo-like spirit called souma.
The Valley of the Seven Springs is the perfect place to escape the summer heat. Lush with greenery, trickling with springs, there’s even a lake you can swim in.