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The main island of the Dodecanese, Rhodes appeals to a wide variety of visitors. Its main harbor – where the Colossus of Rhodes once allegedly stood – is large enough to welcome Mediterranean cruise ships, and the historic Old Town in Rhodes Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and officially the Medieval City of Rhodes). The island has some brash holiday resorts, but quieter places too, with some villages hardly touched by the numbers of tourists who come to the island. It has several ancient sites, the most notable outside the main town being the Acropolis at Lindos, itself an attractive village of whitewashed houses and narrow streets. ...

The main island of the Dodecanese, Rhodes appeals to a wide variety of visitors. Its main harbor – where the Colossus of Rhodes once allegedly stood – is large enough to welcome Mediterranean cruise ships, and the historic Old Town in Rhodes Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and officially the Medieval City of Rhodes). The island has some brash holiday resorts, but quieter places too, with some villages hardly touched by the numbers of tourists who come to the island. It has several ancient sites, the most notable outside the main town being the Acropolis at Lindos, itself an attractive village of whitewashed houses and narrow streets. Around the island there are the remains of castles built by the Knights of Rhodes, and several monasteries too. For sun worshipers, Rhodes offers several magnificent beaches, while the interior has some lovely scenery and good walking opportunities. A major attraction in the middle of the northern part of the island is Petaloudes, the Valley of the Butterflies, filled from June to September with…well, they’re moths, actually, but the Valley of the Moths doesn’t sound quite so appealing.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Rhodes is one of the largest and most fertile of the Greek Islands, and is one of the most visited because of its combination of beaches, archaeological sites, and extensive medieval town.
  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Visit Rhodes in the spring, before the summer heat burns away the greenery and the streets of the Old Town become too crowded.