Look around: a medieval town and castle blended with stunning neoclassical architecture and surrounded by beautiful blue sea. No, you’re not dreaming – you’re on the island of Rhodes, where old and new meet and cooperate beautifully.
A Rich Medieval History
The island was founded in 408 BC and wandering around, you can feel the ancient history of everything around you. The medieval town of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage site and greets you as it surrounded the main harbour. Stroll down the Street of Knights, which is the best preserved area of the medieval town and where the Order of the Knights of St.John used to live.
A must visit is the Castle on Rhodes, which is breathtakingly large and imposing. Stand inside medieval rooms and imagine what life was like more than a thousand years ago. The archaeological and Byzantine museums offer even more local history before you step into current times.
Outside the Walls
When you exit the gates of the medieval town, you’re greeted by a new town with Italian influences due to their occupation of the island in the mid 20th century. Neoclassical facades hide amazing restaurants and shops as well as offering a different type of beauty to the medieval town.
Beat the heat of the main town by stopping by Agios Pavlos Beach, a small and relaxed beach on the island. For a more mainstream experience, head to Lindos Beach, the most popular organized beach on the island. Ladiko beach is another option for those who want an organised beach which feels a bit more wild due to the unique greenery and rockiness here!
Seasonal tip: If you find yourself on Rhodes during the summer months of June-August, make sure to visit Petaloudes (butterflies), a valley of green filled with butterflies!
Stay in the main town for dinner and visit Kerasma restaurant for contemporary Greek cuisine. Expect stylish cuisine and furnishings as well as a huge selection of wines, perfect for an evening meal. Otherwise stop by Tamam, for a restaurant which offers a bespoke dining experience where everything is prepared from scratch.
Rhodes Wonder restaurant is another option, a spot which has a fusion menu consisting of Mediterranean, Baltic and Asian food. Set in a beautiful Neoclassical building featuring a peaceful courtyard, visitors never fail to mention the excellent service Wonder offers.
For accommodation, consider staying at Casa Cook, a luxury but cosy hotel featuring earth tones and curated furnishing in order to create an elevated feel. Otherwise, stay at Atrium Prestige for a more classic blue and white colour palette and massive swimming pools which look over the sea.
The medieval history and intrigue of Rhodes are sure to draw you in, but there is so much more to this amazing island to discover!