Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands with over 50,000 inhabitants and is this island group’s historical capital. Rhodes has so much to see and do that you may want to spend several days here. However, if you have only a little time, Rhodes is still a destination worth exploring.

Pristine beach on Rhodes Island, Greece
Rhodes Harbour with the walls of the Old Town

Places to see:

  • Rhodes Town. The town consists of two parts: the Old City, or medieval city, and the New City. The Old City is surrounded by strong walls. In fact, it is one of the biggest and best-preserved Medieval settlements in Europe. Special and inspiring.
  • Medieval Town. This old town showcases 2400 years of history inside its 4-kilometer-long imposing walls. The most famous road within the walls of Old Town is the cobblestoned Street of the Knights, restored to show how it looked like during the Middle Ages.
  • Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.
  • Evangelismos Church, the Town Hall, and the National Theater are worth a visit.
  • Rodini Park with its beautiful flora and fauna is said to be the site of the famous School of Rhetoric, where prominent Greeks and Romans from Julius Cesar to Cicero and Pompey to Brutus studied.
  • Acropolis of Rhodes.
  • The Aquarium. A wonderful place to see many of the marine species living in the Aegean.
  • The Castle of Kritinia. Now the ruins of the original medieval castle on a hill approximately 131 meters above the village of Kritinia.
  • The Castle of Monolithos in the village of Monolithos is on top of a huge, 300-foot rock standing above the village.
  • Great Hammam of Rhodes is one of the few remaining Turkish baths in the Medieval Town of Rhodes.
  • Jewish Museum of Rhodes.
  • Lindos Acropolis.
  • The monastery of Panagia Tsambika. The old monastery is on top of a hill with a gorgeous view of the sea and the surrounding area, while the new monastery, which works today, is on the road that connects Archangelos to Rhodes Town.
  • Springs of Kallithea.

Things to do in Rhodes:

  • Windsurf, Kitesurf: Avid surfers head to Prassonissi on the south side of the island where a long narrow spit of land connects Prassonissi with Rhodes.
  • Scuba dive: Many dive centers on the island offer courses and organized dive trips to old wrecks.
  • Hike: Ample hiking trails on the island lead to green valleys, mountainous villages, medieval castles, and secluded beaches.
  • Swim: Rhodes has a vast variety of beaches, from sandy to rocky.
  • Yoga Retreat and Cooking lessons: Offered in Teologos. Cooking lessons with hands-on experience or take a yoga course to revive the spirits.
  • Shop and dine. In addition to a multitude of tavernas, restaurants, and nightclubs there is an open-air theater near Arionos Square where regular folklore dances take place every summer.

Climate:

Rhodes is a warm destination with over 300 days of sunshine yearly. The Mediterranean climate produces mild and rainy winters, and hot and sunny summers. The average temperature in January and February is 12 °C and August is 27 °C.

Rhodes Gastronomy Experience:

While in Rhodes, try appetizers such as pitaroudia (fried chickpea-balls with chopped mint, onions and tomato).

As for the main dish, have stew made with wild greens (vlita) and purslane, stuffed vegetables, or oven-baked kolokoudi (pumpkin). If you’re feeling adventurous, try karavolous (snails cooked in tomato sauce with onions and cumin or oatmeal).

For dessert, try mantinades (a small fried thin piece of dough which is soaked in honey, rose water and sprinkled with crushed almonds) or tachinopita (little baked pies).

Last but not least, local cheese pairs nicely with white Moschato wine renown from ancient times, the Athiri and Mandilaria (known as Amorgiano on the island).

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