Where to Holiday in Rhodes When You Want More Than Just Sunshine
As one of the most famous Greek Islands, Rhodes is gifted with clear, warm water from the Aegean Sea and graced with around 300 glorious days of sunshine per year. Whether it’s your first visit to the island or you’ve been before, keep in mind that even though it has some amazing beaches to laze around on, there’s more to Rhodes than sand and clear sea water. This is our guide to holidaying on the island when you want to explore the historical sites and hidden gems to get the best out of your Rhodes holiday.
Valley of the Butterflies
This colourful natural phenomenon lies in a nature preserve called Petaloudes, which literally translates as ‘butterfly’). In addition to the butterflies and moths that populate the area throughout summer, the park itself is full of forests, streams and lakes. It’s also home to Kalopetra which is a little monastery built in 1780 and steeped in local lore.
Lindos is a popular tourist destination and draws in the crowds time and time again, and part of this appeal is thanks to the Acropolis of Lindos. The Acropolis is home to medieval fortifications, Hellenistic pillars and historically significant buildings like the Athena Lindia, a Doric Temple completed around 300 BC. Set on the hilltop of this key port city of the ancient world, the Acropolis of Lindos has stunning views.
Almost anywhere you go in Rhodes Town is drenched in history and beauty. The Palace of the Grand Master is a must-see. The castle has been through a few different iterations as well. It was originally built in the 7th century as a Byzantine citadel, but was then taken over and repaired by the Knights of St. John in the 14th century. Today, the interiors are an Italian reconstruction as the result of a debilitating explosion that occurred during the 19th century.
Knights’ Quarter and Avenue of the Knights
The Knights’ Quarter is a haven of museums and art galleries surrounded by, and even housed in, 14th and 15th century buildings. Among the best attractions are the Museum of Modern Greek Art, the New Art Gallery and the Centre of Modern Art, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. The knights lived on the Avenue of Knights, which leads up to the palace itself. The street is divided into the regions each knight was originally from. Each knight was responsible for protection a specific area of the fortifications.
Rhodes is one of Greece’s most historically significant islands and is blessed with an equally sizeable amount of beauty. Book yourself a visit to Rhodes with Falcon Holidays and enjoy a stay on the island that is as educational as it is relaxing and inspirational.