One of the largest and most beautiful of the Greek Isles, Rhodes has a magnificent and storied history that influences the island to this day. Indeed many of the medieval buildings in the Rhodes Old Town are still in use, with 6,000 people living and working within the walls of the Old Town that were used by the Knights of St John over 500 years ago. The heritage of Rhodes goes much further back than these times, and it’s worth heading to Mandraki Harbor to see the place where the statue of Helios – the Colossus of Rhodes – reportedly stood before it was destroyed by an earthquake in 226BC.
The Palace of the Grand Masters was built in the 14th Century to watch over the town, and it now houses a museum with exhibits based around ancient Greece. Plus, the Acropolis of Lindos draws visitors from across the globe, with the Temple of Athena Lindia a particular highlight. Yet once you’ve had your fill of the history, you can explore the rugged natural beauty of the island and its beaches, or head to the New Town to enjoy luxury resorts including fine dining restaurants and exclusive bars.
The currency in Rhodes is the Euro. Rhodes is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +3).