The Island of “knights” is one of the most popular in the world.
Whether it be autumn, winter, spring or summer, the island of Rhodes attracts thousands of tourists from Greece & the rest of the world due to its unlimited sites & attractions.
To name a few, The Medieval Old Town of Rhodes, Mandraki harbour, Lindos Acropolis, Ancient Kamiros, Ancient Ialyssos, the Valley of the Butterflies and Filerimos are some of those that make visitors enjoy a unique trip to the beauty and history of the island. Byzantines, Greeks, Venetians and Italians have all left their mark on the island from the Roman era to date.
In Rhodes’ capital, you will find the Old Town, the best preserved medieval settlement in the world which has been classified on the list of UNESCO World Heritage cities. It is characterized by its ancient statues, marble columns, fountains, the Street of the Knights, The Grand Master’s Palace, mosques, the hammam & the clock tower with incredible views across the medieval city.
Stealing the show is the famous Street of the Knights where its highest point leads you into the impressive Grand Master’s Palace with its huge towers & wonderful museum.
The cosmopolitan Mandraki Harbour is located in the more modern area of Rhodes. Here you will find large luxury hotels, an array of restaurants, cafes & nightclubs offering all kinds of entertainment, whilst on the port, perched on top of two high pillars of limestone you will find the symbols of the island – the doe & the stag.
According to tradition, it is there at Mandraki Harbour that the famous Colossus of Rhodes once stood. It is known as being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, where ships sailed under his feet to reach the island’s port.
A unique natural phenomenon on the island, not to be missed, is the Valley of the Butterflies. Within the green gorge, you will find a unique forest where millions of butterflies shelter during the summer months, creating a beautiful landscape. Additionally, the Lindos Acropolis is a site to be seen, built amphitheatrically on a hill, surrounded by the walls of the Knights & the white washed village below. It remains one of the most popular places on the island & within Greece.
Finally, it is worth discovering the hidden villages of Rhodes. Emponas with its famous wines, Agios Isidoros which was forgotten in the 60s, Apollona with its remarkable folklore museum, Archangelos with traditions in both pottery and music, Ialyssos with its Museum of Mineralogy and Paleontology, Kritinia with the castle of Kastellos, Lardos with a Byzantine castle, Salakos with its springs, Asclipeios with its beautifully preserved Byzantine church & not forgetting Eleousa with the Venetian buildings of times past and its beautiful picturesque taverns.