Rhodes: Main Sights
(Ro-dos in Greek)
The island of Rhodes has many attractions both historic and modern but one sight not-to-be-missed is the stunning Lindos acropolis located on the east coast of the island. Now an archeological site, the acropolis over looks the pretty town of Lindos, which is packed with picturesque shops and traditional restaurants. Many of the ancient buildings can still be seen today including the Temple of Lindian Athena, which dates back to 300 BC and was one of the most sacred places of the ancient world. The Hellenistic stoa contained within the temple was built in around 200 BC and can also be seen by visitors today. The Lindos acropolis offers spectacular views of the surrounding harbours and coastline and can be accessed by foot or donkey.
Church of Agios Taxiarchas
Also worth a visit is the beautiful church of Agios Taxiarchas, tucked away in the corner of the older part of the village of Lardos. The church of Agios Taxiarchas is most famous for its impressive bell tower and tall cypress trees which grow across the entrance to the courtyard. Lardos itself is a typically Greek village and caters for the local residents as much as the tourists. It has a popular cafe and bars located around its village fountain.
Rhodes Old Town is one of the most interesting places on the island for historic sights. One of the most impressive of these is the Palace of the Grand Master which played host to the Knights of Rhodes during the 14th century. The building is accessible through an imposing main gate which leads through to the main palace - now home to priceless Hellenistic mosaics, including one of the mythical snake-haired Gorgon, Medusa. The Medieval Street of Knights in Old Town is also fascinating to stroll down thanks to its majestic stone buildings set with coats of arms and awe-inspiring arching bridges. Running between the Palace of the Grand Master and the harbour, the historic street was once the meeting place for 14th century knights. The Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, which was built to celebrate the sultan's victory over the Knights of Rhodes, is another of the island's most important landmarks. Located in the Old Town, it is today closed the public but is still a popular place to visit by tourists. It can be easily spotted thanks to its unique pink brickwork.
Mandraki harbour, which is believed to be more than 2,500 years old, connects the old and new towns of Rhodes and is a fabulous place to visit. It is said to be the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes and is where many tourists head to catch a ferry to the neighbouring island of Symi and nearby Turkey.
Petaloudes - the valley of the butterflies
Rhodes is home to the famous valley of the butterflies - known in Greece as Petaloudes - which continues to attract thousands of visitors every year. Located around 25km from Rhodes town, the area is a place of unique beauty where in August, thousands of butterflies head to mate. As well as watching the butterflies, the valley of the butterflies is also a great place for hiking and boasts a fine restaurant where you can enjoy a meal of traditional Greek food.