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Rhodes is a popular travel destination for sun-seekers and bathing holidaymakers: in the summer months, water temperatures reach up to 27 degrees, and with over...
Rhodes is a popular travel destination for sun-seekers and bathing holidaymakers: in the summer months, water temperatures reach up to 27 degrees, and with over 3000 hours of sunshine a year, the fourth largest island in Greece has earned the nickname "Sun Island". Here you will find information, suggestions, and tips for your Rhodes holiday.
A trip to Rhodes is not only worthwhile because of the sun, the beach, and the sea, also the sights of the sunny island are worth a visit. Historic buildings, archaeological museums, idyllic villages or a trip to one of the neighboring islands round off your Rhodes holiday.
The old town of Rhodes
The cultural and historical importance of the old town of Rhodes is reflected not least in that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. The completely preserved city wall encloses the medieval core on four kilometers. In the center sits the Grand Master's Palace, which today houses an archaeological museum. The construction dates back to the 14th century but was destroyed by an explosion in 1856 and rebuilt by the Italian occupation in the 1930s.
Mandraki harbor in Rhodes town
Above the entrance of the pincer-shaped Mandraki harbor, according to legend, was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Colossus of Rhodes. However, current research is based on a different location in the harbor. Unfortunately, the 30-meter-tall bronze statue of the sun god Helios did not last long: around the year 226 BC. Chr. Brought an earthquake to the case.
Life is pulsating in the harbor district: markets, shops, cafes, and taverns add to the bustle of the city and provide a change from sunbathing. Mandraki is the ideal starting point for a sightseeing tour and of course for a trip by boat.
The Archaeological Museum is located in the old town of Rhodes and is not only worth seeing because of the ancient exhibition. The museum is housed in the former Teutonic Hospital of the Crusaders, a 15th-century building. Particularly beautiful are the imposing arcade courtyard and the excavated museum garden.
The tranquil "white" village of Lindos with its fresco-rich St. Mary's Church and the medieval rock fortress is a listed building and is a popular sightseeing destination. Excavations in the early 20th century have brought to light ancient, Byzantine, and even Neolithic evidence. Even if the steps to the Acropolis seem endless: the view rewarded! In the summer months, a visit in the early morning or afternoon is recommended.
On a mountain hill on the west coast is probably the most vivid example of an ancient archaeological site in Rhodes: the ruins of the city Kamiros. Pine and pine trees line the remains of Hellenistic houses, temples, and cisterns, and the sea views are wonderful. During high season, you can reach the site by bus from Rhodes Town.
Island of Symi
Like Rhodes, Symi belongs to the Dodecanese archipelago and is located about 23 kilometers north of the sunny island. In the high season, several times a day boats go to Symi, because the small island is very popular with Rhodes vacationers as a destination. The picturesque little houses have been restored in their original style. They nestle like pastel-colored pebbles on rugged rocky slopes and enclose the horseshoe-shaped harbor bay of the main town. The monastery of Panomitis in the south of the island is a place of pilgrimage and attraction at the same time and is approached from Rhodes directly by boat.
Beach and sea
Rhodes offers bathing holidays for different demands. The east coast is especially popular with families, as it is sheltered from the wind and the surf is low. The situation is different on the west coast: Strong winds provide the drive for experienced surfers and sometimes cause strong currents and noticeably cooler temperatures. If you prefer pebbly beaches, you are in the right place - golden sandy beaches, picturesque bays and a wide range of water sports can be found especially in the east and north of the island.
If you want to go straight to the beach after a shopping spree or a sightseeing tour in Rhodes Town, you will not find it 200 meters from the center. The more than one kilometer long Elli beach on the northern tip of the island is popular with tourists and locals alike. Rhodes' city beach attracts not only families and water sports enthusiasts - the convivial atmosphere in the adjacent cafes and bars adds to the vibrant beach life.
In the rock-lined bay of Kallithea mainly locals and tourists come for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. In addition, the well-known sources of the Italian thermal baths as well as the exotic vegetation lure in antiquity. The enclosed bay is easily accessible by car, and boats leave from Rhodes Town.
Over five kilometers long, Faliraki beach is the largest and also one of the liveliest beaches in Rhodes. The range of water sports, leisure activities, and entertainment is extensive and is aimed primarily at active Rhodes vacationers. A highlight is the Faliraki Waterpark, which thrills with giant slides, inflatable rafting, wave pool and much more not only small bathers.