There is a certain magic about the Greek Islands. Whether it is the ancient ruins, the tales of gods and goddesses that call this place home or the legends of mystical beasts stalking the lands in years gone by – they make for a fascinating holiday destination.
One thing that cannot be denied is the sheer beauty of this part of the world and nowhere embodies this more than Rhodes. The largest of the Dodecanese islands is a paradise of sprawling beaches and crystal clear oceans, historic towns and inviting tavernas. As summer approaches, maybe it’s time you discovered Rhodes for yourself.
We’ve picked out some of the best things you simply cannot miss when visiting this beautiful island.
The Old City
Where better to start than the old city of Rhodes. Populated with churches, important monuments and classical architecture it is little wonder that Europe’s largest medieval city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Fall in love with the winding streets, hidden tavernas and bars, the beauty of the Street of Knights and the unique atmosphere of this beloved part of Rhodes.
Experience the ancient history of Rhodes with a stay in Lindos. Around an hour’s drive from the capital city, it is a breathtaking coastal town which gives a nod to the island’s rich past. The picturesque destination is characterised by the towering Acropolis which has stood here since the 6th century BC. The stunning ruins include a Temple to Athena Lindia making it one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece.
The bustling nature of Rhodes in the summer time can often make you yearn for a little peace and tranquillity. Look no further than Rodini Park. Among the world’s first landscaped parks, it was a favourite among the Romans who built an aqueduct here. Listen for the soothing sounds of streams, relax under luscious trees and say hello to the peacocks. Enjoy some peace minutes from the city centre.
Jungle of Rhodes
We’re heading from one hidden oasis to another as we stop off at Archangelos to visit the unique experience of the Jungle of Rhodes. Join Nikos Papas – a native of the island – as he takes you on a tour to discover a very different side to Rhodes. Hike through the jungle, wander along the valley, meet butterflies and drink traditional tea – it is a must for all holidaymakers and is an adventure you will never forget.
Throne of Helios
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The history of Rhodes is brought to life like never before at the Throne of Helios. Follow the creation and lifespan of the island in Europe’s firs 9D entertainment centre. Bringing together picture, sound, motion, rain, snow, wind and fire (!) it offers a unique re-telling of the mythology and history of Rhodes, perfect for family day out. The building itself is an iconic part of the island as it was the first ever cinema established in Rhodes when it opened in 1927.
Do you like butterflies? Do you like a lot of butterflies? How about a valley of butterflies? If the answer to all of these questions is “yes” then you are going to love Butterfly Valley. This unique nature reserve is where families and everyone else can enjoy a peaceful walk along tranquil rivers and little waterfalls and watch the hundreds of colourful butterflies flutter around.
Beaches of Agathi
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Once you have enjoyed a couple of days of sightseeing there is only one place to unwind – the beach! Rhodes has a beautiful coastline but the beaches of Agathi on the east coast are a cut above. Close to the village of Haraki, these secluded coves are perfect for a day of sunbathing, swimming in the warm ocean and enjoying a bit to eat.
Photo credit: Water Park Rhodes
No matter if you’re a family, couple, groups of friends or even a solo traveller – the lure of a water park is simply irresistible. WaterPark Rhodes is the ultimate day out. Take on the twisters, black holes, speed slides, racing slides and even the dreaded Kamikaze. Situated close to the tourist town of Faliraki, this will no doubt be already etched into your itinerary and if isn’t, it should be!
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Speaking of Faliraki, this is where you can really let your hair down. The coastal resort is split into two streets – Bar Street and Club Street – and when the former shuts it’s time to move onto the latter. Party into the early hours at the achingly cool Matrix or enjoy classic club anthems at Bed Club and no trip to Faliraki is complete without lasting until 5am at the iconic Q Club. Rhodes knows how to throw a party.
Boat trip to Symi
Holidays should be about adventure so hop aboard an excursion boat and set sail for the picturesque island of Symi. Step off at the harbour and marvel at the colourful buildings, winding streets and visit the medieval churches. Sample delicious seafood at the restaurants which line the Gialos area and shop for bespoke jewellery at the boutique shops – Symi is an excellent choice for day trip from Rhodes.
Discover all this and more with a holiday to Rhodes with Sunmaster. We have a range of package deals available with deposits starting from just £49pp. Start your search at www.sunmaster.co.uk and you could be jetting off to this jewel of the Greek islands this summer.