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Welcome to Rhodes

Rhodes, the biggest of the Dodecanese islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, offers beaches, history-laden streets, and plenty of Mediterranean cuisine and nightlife. The ancient acropolis of Lindos and the surrounding medieval castle elevates what’s already a picturesque village. Several other sites grace the island, such as the three-level ruins at Kamiros, the Filerimos Monastery, and the castles of Kastello and Monolitho. In Rhodes town, the Colossus of Rhodes—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—is long gone, but the Old Town is nevertheless a beautiful UNESCO-listed area, and it can be seen by a Segway, walking, or bus tour. The Palace of the Grand Master (Kastello) is both a tribute to Byzantine architecture and the history of the Christian Knights that built it and gave the island its nickname, the Island of the Knights. Of course, the island’s near year-round mild, sunny weather make Rhodes an ideal beach getaway, and guided water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming are a great way to take it all in. Private tours can also take visitors over to the islands of Symi or the Turkish Marmaris by boat. For an only-in-Rhodes experience, plan a trip to see the summer gathering of colorful tiger moths in the 600-acre (243-hectare) nature park, the Valley of Butterflies; attractions there include a kid-friendly train that leads to a monastery and a museum.

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Top 10 attractions in Rhodes

Tsambika Beach
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Tsambika Beach

Hemmed in by a crescent of jagged rocks, golden sands, and crystalline waters, Tsambika Beach is one of Rhodes’ most beautiful beaches. A popular stop for boat cruises around the island, the beach is well-served by beach bars and food huts, but with no town nearby, the focus is firmly on the sun, sea, and sand....
Profitis Ilias
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Profitis Ilias

Standing at 2,619 feet (798 meters), the pine-clad peak of Profitis Ilias is the second-highest mountain on Rhodes and offers wonderful views over the island's Aegean coastline. During their occupation of Greece in the late 1920s, the Italians built two resort hotels on the mountain for their top brass to enjoy weekends of hunting and partying. These were designed in an incongruous Swiss alpine-chalet style with sloping roofs and decorative wooden balconies and were abandoned after World War II; the Elafos Hotel reopened in 2006 after significant renovation and the Elafina is currently under restoration, while a traditional kafeneio (coffee and ouzo house) serves the walkers and bikers who traipse the forest tracks of Profitis Ilias....
Kritinia Castle
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Kritinia Castle

Overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Halki, the crumbling stone shell of Kritinia Castle crowns a 430-foot (131-meter) hill above the village of Kritinia. Originally built in the 15th century by the Knights of St. John, the castle features a ruined chapel and the coats of arms of Grand Masters....
Monolithos Castle (Kástro Monolíthou)
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Monolithos Castle (Kástro Monolíthou)

Perched atop a 100-meter tall sheer rock face overlooking the Mediterranean, the journey to Monolithos Castle (Kástro Monolíthou) – an arduous scramble up a set of steps carved into the rock – is no easy task. It’s worth the climb though and those who make the effort will be rewarded with some of Rhodes' most dramatic views, towering over the village of Monolithos and the nearby peak of Akramytis, and stretching across the ocean to Halki Island....
Filerimos Hill
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Filerimos Hill

Dotted with cedar and cypress trees, Filerimos Hill rises 876 feet (267 meters) above sea level and therefore affords hikers panoramic views of the island and the Aegean Sea. The hill is home to Filerimos Monastery, free-roaming peacocks, and the scattered ruins of Ancient Ialysos, including those of an Athena temple....
Anthony Quinn Bay
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Anthony Quinn Bay

Anthony Quinn Bay, named after the actor who filmed The Guns of Navarone on Rhodes in 1961, is one of the most popular spots on the island for sun seekers. The picturesque pebble beach features shallow emerald green water—perfect for swimming—framed by dramatic coastal rocks that form underwater reefs teeming with fish....
Acropolis of Lindos
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Acropolis of Lindos

One of Rhodes’ three most prominent ancient cities, the site of Ancient Lindos lies 45km south of modern day Rhodes city, making a popular attraction for those intrigued by the history of ancient Greece. Founded by the Dorians in 10th century BC, Lindos was once a major trading center connecting Greece to the Middle East, before falling into decline after the city of Rhodes was established in the fifth century. Today, the modern town of Lindos has grown up in the shadow of the acropolis and a 14th century medieval castle surrounds the ruins of the ancient citadel, keeping watch over the town from its dramatic clifftop perch. Standing proud atop the 116-meter tall rock, the remains of the acropolis include the Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, dating back to around 300BC; parts of the 20-columned Hellenistic stoa; and a 5th-century BC propylaeum (temple entrance)....
Acropolis of Rhodes
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Acropolis of Rhodes

Keeping watch over the northeastern tip of the island, the remains of the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes dominate the skyline of Rhodes city from atop the hill of Ayios Stefanos. Although lacking the typical fortification walls of other ancient acropolis, the Hellenic city of Rhodes is notable for its architectural flair, seamlessly blending the buildings and sanctuaries into the natural landscape. As one of the most accessible and evocative of all Rhodes’ ancient sites, touring the acropolis makes a popular excursion for those staying in the modern city. Today, parts of the site are still being excavated, but the viewable ruins paint a striking portrait of the former city. The undisputed star of the acropolis is the grand Temple of Apollo, exquisitely restored and partially reconstructed as part of the Monte Smith Park, which crowns the hill. Other notable ruins include the remnants of an 800-capacity Roman Odeion theater; the Temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus....

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