Rhodes Best Places To Visit

Rhodes Old Town

Rhodes Old Town

The Old Town in Rhodes is the oldest inhabitted medieval town in Europe and more than 6.000 people are still living inside. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is inscribed in the World Heritage Sites List of the Convention for the Protection of World Heritage of the UNESCO. This list recognizes the exceptional value of a cultural site so that it may be protected for the benefit of all Humanity.


Inside are suituated the magnificent Grand Master's Palace, the Archeological museum of Rhodes and the famouse Knight's Street. As well as the historical sights that draw many visitors, the Medieval City also hosts a wide variety of hotels, shops, restaurants and bars.

Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes was a giant statue of Helios (god of sun). The statue was designed by Chares from Lindos and it took 12 year to be build. It was completed in 282 BC. The Colossus was 32 metres tall and the entrance to the harbor was approximately 400 meters wide. It was a framework made of iron and skin of bronze. The builders added stones to the framework to make the Colossus stable. Fifty six years later, in 226 BC an earthquake struck the town and broke the Colossus at the knees. People finally decide not to rebuild it. Enemies from Syria took the broken pieces (after almost 900 years) to Syria, where the pieces was melted and used to make other things like coins.

No one knows where exactly the Colossus was standing!

Rhodes Acropolis

Acropolis of Rhodes

The Rhodes Acropolis dominated the western and highest part of the city. It was not fortified like most ancient acropoleis. It consisted of a monumental zone with Sanctuaries, large temples, public buildings and underground cult places. The buildings were built on stepped terraces supported by strong retaining walls. It was "full of fields and groves", in the words of the 2nd century AD orator Ailios Aristides. The style of the Hellenistic architecture on the Acropolis of Rhodes was perfectly conveyed by the combination of natural beauty and artificial transformations. The buildings on the Acropolis date to the Hellenistic and Late Hellenistic periods (3rd-2nd century BC).

Rhodes Kalithea

Rhodes Kalithea

The Kalithea Springs are situated in the city of Kalithea, next to Faliraki and only 9km away from the city of Rhodes. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in Rhodes with its’ spa known from ancient times (7th century B.C.) to have therapeutic properties.

Today Kalithea Springs is considered as one of the most distinctive landmarks on the island of Rhodes. Although the spa is no longer in operation, this fabulous building and unique architectural monument, surrounded by palms and pine trees, has been recently restored, converted to dinning and cafe facilities. The exotic vegetation combined with emerald waters of Kalithea’s cove match perfectly with this idyllic scenery of the surroundings, creates a fabulous picturesque combination of beauty coming right out from the cinema of the past times.

Rhodes Seven Springs

Seven Springs

Seven Springs is a great place to escape from the heat of the summer and enjoy a magnificent natural scenery. It is a romantic destination surrounded by woodland and green, distant about 30 km from the city of Rhodes.

The combination of crystal-clear waters with pine and plate trees creates a peaceful scenery, offering the visitor relaxing moments. To get to the lake you have to walk through a very narrow dark tunnel 186 m long. The tunnel, constructed back in 1931, leads the water of the seven springs and river Loutanis to the lake. Walking through the dark tunnel is an exciting and unforgettable experience that can be particularly refreshing. If you don’t fancy the trip through the tunnel, then you can simply follow a walking path to the lake.

There are many little rustic bridges and rivers, numerous footpaths and the area is known for the geese, ducks and peacocks wandering through the woods.

Rhodes Lindos Acropolis

Acropolis of Lindos

The Acropolis of Lindos was built on a steep rock 116 meters height overlooking the blue Sea and the Lindos city below. The Acropolis is dominated by the massive temple of Athena Lindia, dating from the 4th century and it attained its final form in around 300 BC. The remains also include the Byzantine chapel of Agios Ioannis, large Hellenistic arcade, the Propylaia and the castle of the Knights of Saint John built a huge fortress around the Temple to defend the island from the Ottomans.

A cobbled road leads up and for those who wish to avoid the tiring climb up to the hill there are donkeys station "Lindian taxi" for hire. (at the main entrance of the town and the harbour beach).

Rhodes Lindos

Lindos

Lindos is really "two in one", a beautiful Greek village and an archeological site, under the protection of the Archaeological Society - situated on the eastern coast, 50km away from Rhodes town. Lindos is a place where the ancient acropolis with the castle remind you of the ancient era, place which will charm you with its special magic scenery of the white houses and narrow streets. Before reaching Lindos, you can marvel from the panoramic view of the town.

According to Homer, Lindos was built by the Dorians at the same time as Kamiros and Ialyssos in the 12th century B.C. The town reached the height of its power in the 6th century B.C. during the reign of Tyrant Kleovoulos - Cleobulus (one of the seven wise men of antiquity) who ruled for more than 40 years. This major trading and shipping centre started to decline after the foundation of the city of Rhodes. In its prime, along with the other two major cities on the island, Kamiros and Ialysos, they contributed to the fleet of 1000 ships that went to fight in the Battle of Troy.

Rhodes Filerimos Hill

Filerimos Hill

Filerimos is a hill of 267 meters high. It is approximately 16km away from the city of Rhodes. It is used to be the citadel of the ancient town of Ialysos.

The hill took name from a monk who came from Jarusaleum in the 13th century bringing with him an icon of the Blessed Virgin painted by the Apostle Luke, placing it in a small church that he built to house it at the top of the hill(Byzantine). The hill include the foundations of the temple of Athena Polias, an Early Christian basilica and a small subterranean Byzantine church. There is a road that sets off from the square that leads to the westernmost point of the hill. The road to Golgotha used by Catholics was dotted with holy icon-stands and bronze reliefs. At the end of the road of Martyrdom stands an 18 metres tall cross raised by the Italians in 1930.

Rhodes Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley

The Valley of Butterflies is found in the western side of Rhodes Island, 26km far from Rhodes City. It is the place where tiger moths of the species gather in summer. This species of butterfly is common in the Mediterranean, in Europe and in Western Asia.

During the rainy season, butterflies stay in the caterpillar form in various areas of the Mediterranean Sea. However in spring, when they get out of their caterpillar and become a full butterflies, they fly to areas of high humidity in order to reproduce. That is why they come to this valley, which is crossed by river Pelekanos with many waterfalls scattered all along it. You can enjoy a peaceful walk on the wooden bridges and admire the beauty of the valley.

Rhodes Kamiros

Ancient Kamiros

Kamiros is a destination for history and archeology lovers, 32km far from the city of Rhodes. The district of Kamiros contains the ruins of the Hellenistic city of Kamiros(founded around 3rd BC century), which created together with the ancient Ialyssos and Lindos the great city-state of Rhodes, founded by Dorians in the 10th century BC. The site runs dramatically down to a cliff that overhangs the sea. High on the rise are the columns of its acropolis, Temple of Athena Kameirados; threading underground are the 3.500-year-old water systems; many floors and walls of ancient houses.

It is known that the earthquake of 226 BC destroyed the Classical city and probably the Classical temple of Athena Kameiras. Later the earthquake of 142 BC destroyed the city for the second time. The ancient Kamiros was mainly excavated during the Italian occupation between 1912 - 1943. A lot of discoveries of ancient Kamiros are now in the Louvre, the British Museum and the archeological Museum of Rhodes.