The island of Rhodes, reputedly the sunniest Greek island, has long been one of the most popular Greece holiday destinations. On the northern point of the island the town of Rhodes has preserved its picturesque walled old city, which now acts as a base for many Rhodes holidays, while the new town area is the hub of the nightlife and beachfront fun.
In ancient times the harbour area was where the legendary Colossus of Rhodes once stood, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Though the colossus has long since disappeared Rhodes holidays can still offer numerous interesting archaeological sites, as long as you can drag yourself from the coast for a while. With its fine sandy beaches lapped by tranquil waters there is certainly a lot to say for spending your Rhodes holiday by the coast.
The most popular Greek Island
Rhodes’ tourism figures speak for themselves. Attracting more than 270,000 British holidaymakers every year, the island is the most visited in Greece.
Most people are drawn to Rhodes by the beaches. The island’s east coast is a ribbon of virtually uninterrupted sand, and it’s where you’ll find all the main holiday resorts. There’s Lindos, which is watched over by the ruins of an acropolis, and Faliraki, the legendary hangout of the 18 to 30s crowd. Then you’ve got the sleepy Blue Flag beach at Pefkos, and the quiet coves in Kalithea and Kolymbia, where sunbathers go to get away from the trappings of tourism.
You can’t talk about Rhodes without mentioning its history. The ancient ruins here date back to the time of the Trojan War, terracotta-topped churches remember the Byzantine glory years, and Ottoman minarets recall the time the island spent under Turkish rule. Then there’s Rhodes Town, which catalogues the comings and goings of knights over two centuries. The harbour area here was once dominated by one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – the great colossus.
Rhodes’ interior is a montage of traditional villages and chalky mountains. Apolakkia, in the west, for instance, serves up scenery in big portions. The hamlet is home to whitewashed villas, old windmills, a monastery, and a shaded lake that’s ideal for swimming.