Getting to know Rhodes

 The Greek islands are known across the world for their natural beauty and one of the most inviting is Rhodes.

The historical capital and among the larger of the islands, it is perfect blend of ancient sites and cosmopolitan cities. It has a spectacular landscape with quiet countryside and awe-inspiring beaches while the food is simply to die for. It is a place that has been inhabited by the Byzantines, Greeks, Venetians and Turks with each of them leaving their own influence on the island.

Let’s take a tour of towns and tavernas of the island of the knights.

Rhodes Town

The island’s capital Rhodes Town provides a perfect snapshot of what Rhodes is about. It is a place of contrast with the old town featuring ancient ruins of a bygone era while the new town reflects modern Greece with upscale boutique shops, waterfront restaurants and a beautiful beach.

Trace the city’s history at the Knights’ Quarter where you can walk through Liberty Gate and see how the Knights of St John would protect the island. You can also see the amazing structures at the Archaeological Museum, features statues dating back to the 1st century. You can watch the sunset from the Acropolis of Rhodes before taking your pick of the finest Greek cuisine at its many eateries.

Lindos

Lindos is a town of history. From the towering Acropolis atop a hill overlooking the town to the beautiful Church of Panagia, it is perfect scene of traditional Greek life. Tour around Lindos and you can see multiple ruins including an ancient Greek theatre, the Propylaea and take in amazing panoramic from the Acropolis.

However, it is just for history buffs and it is a favourite for beach lovers. The duo white sand beaches are pictures of tranquility where you can watch the world go by. Life in Lindos goes at a much slower pace, ideal for taking a stroll along the cobbled streets and weave through the whitewashed houses.

Faliraki

Faliraki is the undisputed party capital of Rhodes. This seaside resort is a bustling scene of holidaymakers and neon lights as soon as the sun goes down. The aptly named Bar Street and Club Street are filled with…you guessed it, bars and clubs with the party going on long into the early hours.

During the day Faliraki is a huge favourite for watersports with the five-kilometre beach filled with people jet skiing, surfing, parasailing or simply floating along in a pedalo. And should you need a break from the partying you can find more chilled out bars away from the main strip.

Kolymbia

If your idea of holiday Heaven is lazy days on the beach then Kolymbia is the place for you. One of the more underrated destinations in Rhodes, it offers a tranquil setting of Blue Flag beaches with a stunning mountainous backdrop.

Situated in between Lindos and Faliraki, it provides a relaxed retreat from the two with Kolymbia Beach being the highlight. Stroll past the cafes, bars and restaurants of Eucalyptus Road and place your towel down on the inviting white sands. From Kolymbia, you can hop on a boat to see the picturesque island of Symi.

Pefkos

Enjoy the quiet life in Pefkos. Away from the hubbub of Rhodes Town and Lindos, it is a calm former fishing village which has retained its authentic Greek charm. The beach is set against a scene of pine forests and is great for watersports enthusiasts and sun worshippers alike.

Pefkos is a great place to try some classic Greek cuisine with a host of family-run restaurants serving up dishes with an added dash of love and attention. Tuck into fresh fish, moussaka and much more as you watch the sunset on this delightful part of the world. And don’t forget to toast with ouzo.

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