Rhodes is the site of one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. A huge statue of the Greek God Helios; it was made of bronze and marble to celebrate the defeat of Demetrius Poliorcetes in 304BC. The monument was badly damaged in an earthquake in 226BC but the broken fragments were only removed nearly a millennium later. You can visit the site of this vast wonder overlooking the harbour.
Rhodes has many other wonders in the form of ancient cities such as Ancient Kamiros, temples, monasteries and ruins. The majority of sightseeing opportunities in Rhodes revolve around the Island’s ancient past. Some of the many sights worth seeing are The Palace of the Grand Masters, a restored 14th century palace which includes a basement museum of important archeological finds, the Dormition of Theokotos Church and Rhodes Archeological Museum.
The Acropolis of Rhodes is an excavated ancient city which has some fantastically preserved buildings, amphitheatre and temple and gives a real insight into ancient Greek life.
A little more modern is the Old Town of Rhodes a medieval city which is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. There are mosques, fountains and churches to admire as well as the old town walls and shops and cafes where you can buy great local produce and relax in the afternoon sun.
Away from the ancient cities you can take a stroll along the picturesque harbour or else visit Rodini Park, a large landscaped park with a flowing stream, mini zoo and remains of a Hellenistic tomb and Roman aqueduct, the perfect place for a lazy day and a picnic after all that sight seeing.
Fun Seekers in Rhodes
There are a plethora of shops in both the New City and the Old Town of Rhodes where you can buy local produce such as gold and silver jewellery, porcelain, wine, lace and leather as well as reproductions of ancient statues, tiles and vases that make fantastic souvenirs.
If you fancy some sporty fun then there is an array of watersports available that you can try on the most popular beaches. With facilities for sailing, diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, jet skiing and waterskiing you are spoilt for choice no matter what experience level you are at.
In the afternoon you might want to visit one of the 6 cinemas in Rhodes city where there are showings of English speaking films otherwise why not dance with lady luck in Rhodes Casino. The lavish interior and 1700 square metres of gaming, including slot machines and tables make for a fantastic evening where you just might leave with more holiday spending money!
During the evening there are a selection of good restaurants to choose from to suit all tastes. Belmo Palace, Rustico Tavern and Romeo Restaurant all serve delicious and varied food with fresh seafood and Greek delicacies.
Then why not move on and take advantage of the cosmopolitan nightlife that Rhodes enjoys. With a vast choice of bars and clubs to choose from you are sure to find somewhere to dance the night away or have a quite drink in the evening warmth. Roloi and Blue Lagoon and just two of the great bars on the Island with Amazone and La Scala being clubs popular with tourists and locals alike.
Activities in Rhodes
Top Tours in Rhodes:
Discover Rhodes: Valley of the Butterflies, Kamiros
Visit one of Ancient Greece's most dynamic cities and stroll through an oasis of butterflies...
Symi Island Cruise
Set out on the glass-like waters of the Aegean to a picturesque island where time stands still...
Lights of the Lanterns: Night tour of Rhodes
Spend an evening exploring the Old Town of Rhodes as it comes to life under the lights of night...
Rhodes is a great destination for a family beach holiday with fantastic weather and clean sandy beaches with warm clear waters. The best beaches are found mostly along the East coast of the island, in particular the beaches in Faliraki and Afandou. These beaches have amenities such as snack bars, tavernas and shops nearby as well as facilities for watersports.
Of course the beach isn’t the only place you and the kids can have some watery fun. The Water Park in the popular resort of Faliraki is the biggest in Europe and has a plethora of slides, rides, pools and a lazy river suitable for all ages and levels of bravery. There are also several drink and snack bars to keep you refreshed throughout the day.
The Aquarium of Rhodes is housed in the Hydrobiological Station and houses 40 tanks containing different species of fish, crabs, octopus and sea turtles as well as an interesting museum.
The ancient landscape of Rhodes is a fantastic place to enjoy a romantic break. You can spend your days strolling the picturesque streets of the Old Town or watching the fishing boats by the harbour. There are several perfect sandy beaches with crystal clear waters which are perfect for lazing away the days with a cocktail and a good book, the Kalithea beach is great for romantic couples as you can take advantage of its hot medicinal springs and emerald sea for a relaxing time together.
The Seven Springs offers tranquil woodlands and a stunning gorge with seven fresh springs and several rivers which form a lake. This is the perfect location for a picnic and is especially dramatic if you take the route through a 1km tunnel to the lake coming out of the dark to reveal beautiful scenery. There are walking trails and a cosy taverna where you can relax with a cold drink and enjoy each other’s company.
If you feel like taking an excursion further afield then you can hop on a ferry to the Island of Simi where you can mingle with the locals, sample some great seafood and visit the Medieval Knights Castle on this truly romantic and unspoilt island.
Make sure you sample some traditional Greek food while you are visiting, Mousaka and Hilopities are specialties.
Be sure to buy some Baklava and Kataifi to take that little taste of Greece home with you.
If you fancy taking a trip further a field, Rhodes is just a short ferry trip away from the Greek Mainland.
Cost of a pint of beer:£3.00