Rhodes is famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. However, you shouldn’t neglect to visit and take a tour in the Medieval Old Town of the city of Rhodes, which has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Also, the Butterfly Valley, a unique nature reserve, is a must-see. During August, thousands of butterflies of the genus Panaxia swarm into the butterfly valley in order to reproduce, giving tourists an incredible spectacle.
Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese islands, is considered one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan islands in Greece. Nicknamed as the «Island of the Knights», it has a long and enchanting history which is depicted on the well-preserved medieval monuments and historic towns that dot the island. A walk in the Unesco-protected medieval citadel, the oldest inhabited mediaeval town in Europe, with its winding cobbled alleyways, imposing stone walls and the notable Grand Masters’ Palace, as well as the modern town Mandraki and the harbour where once stood the Colossus of Rhodes, will definitely make your day!
Car rental/ Renting a car is the ideal way to explore the island at your own pace, since Rhodes is quite big and public transport won’t be too convenient. On a drive along the east coast [from north to south], you will see picturesque villages, stunning beaches and fertile valleys. You should definitely visit the traditional village of Lindos, nestled at the foot of a steep rock, with the centuries- old Acropolis and Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, overlooking the settlement, standing 116m above St. Paul’s Bay. On the southernmost tip don’t miss cape Prasonissi, the meeting point of the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Driving along the west coast, your itinerary will have everything: swimming at the upcoming seaside resort of Ialyssos, a visit at the amazing archaeological area of Ancient Kamiros and breath-taking views from Monolithos castle [1480, standing on a 236- m- high rock, built for the Knights of Saint John to protect the island.