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The largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, Rhodes seems to have it all: spectacular ancient ruins, loads of sandy beaches, a vibrant nightlife and plenty of villages to explore. This little paradise attracts everyone from teenage party animals seeking a lively holiday to honeymooners looking for a quiet, romantic, all-inclusive getaway.
Even if you’re not a history buff, you can’t help but be wowed by the spectacular ancient sights Rhodes has in abundance. Top of the list is the UNESCO-listed Medieval City of Rhodes and its famous Ippoton street (Avenue of the Knights), which leads to the vast Palace of Grand Master. The Palace is an excellent example of Gothic architecture, and now houses a museum tracing the island’s fascinating history.
The Archaeological Museum in the centre of the old town is another star attraction. The 15th-century building was once a hospital that cared for the wounded Knights of St John. Inside you’ll find a treasure trove of mythological marvels.
Located 47km (29 miles) south of Rhodes Town is Lindos, a charming village with cobbled streets and white-washed houses sloping down to the sea. The must-see in town is the Acropolis. Dating from Ancient Greek times, and added to by many civilisations since, its stunning legacy from as long ago as 400BC is an integral part of Rhodes’ historic appeal.
The best and most popular beaches in Rhodes are on the sheltered east coast, hence the concentration of hotels on that side of the island. To the immediate west of city of Rhodes at the northern point of the island, Ixia is also popular.
Head south to Lindos for a more ‘traditional’ island experience. However, if you really want to experience the ‘true’ Rhodes, drive to the more rugged coastline of the west. It’s quieter, equally brimming with historic wonders, and is where people ‘in the know’ head to.
If your ideal holiday involves laser-filled night clubs, then make a beeline for the resort town of Faliraki.
The nightlife usually starts to buzz at around 10pm, when holidaymakers start the evening at Bar Street first, before continuing to party along Club Streets until the wee hours.
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