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Apr
21
2021

Dive into history with must-see Rhodes attractions

Acropolis of Lindos

For history lovers, explorers, and sightseers, it’s hard to beat the island of Rhodes as a future holiday destination. Rhodes has an incredible legacy, stretching back to ancient times and in this guide, we highlight just some of the many fascinating attractions to visit sometime in the future, allowing visitors to experience its long history.

At the time of publishing this article, it may not be possible for everyone to visit Rhodes and some of these amazing locations due to the pandemic but once the country fully opens up, visitors will be in for an amazing experience.

Acropolis of Lindos

The archaeological site of Lindos dates all the way back to the 10th century BC and there are some truly stunning historical gems to see. Perched above the modern town, you will discover the ancient citadel known as the Acropolis of Lindos, a site fortified by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and more. A number of fascinating buildings can be seen today at the site, including the Doric Temple of Athena (300 BC) and a staggering staircase known as the Propylaea of the Sanctuary. The sites go beyond the acropolis itself so it’s hardly surprising that Lindos is considered by many to be the most impressive archaeological site in all of Rhodes.

Rhodes Old Medieval Town

Street of the Knights in Rhodes

Rhodes Old Medieval Town presents a wonderful window into the past from a very different part of Greece’s history. This part of Rhodes is the oldest inhabited medieval city in Europe, and it is absolutely magnificent. Once the dwelling place of the Knights of St. John, there is a mixture of Byzantine churches, Medieval buildings, mosques, fountains and motifs scattered throughout the town. Two standout features are certainly the Palace of the Grand Master (14th century) with its beautiful art, mosaics, and sculptures, as well as the picturesque, cobbled Street of the Knights, which leads up to the palace.

Ancient Ialyssos

On the northern part of the island of Rhodes is the ancient town of Ialyssos. Incredibly old settlements have been found here and today visitors can enjoy exploring the remains of buildings from across history. There’s the temple of Athena Polias which dates back to the third century BC, the temple of Zeus, the Doric fountain-house and other Hellenistic gems. From the medieval era, there are treasures of Byzantine heritage, including a monastery, castle, church, and fortifications, all set in the serene and peaceful surroundings of a pine forest. As a result, Ialyssos is the perfect spot to explore for any visitor to Rhodes interested in this island’s incredible history.

Acropolis of Rhodes

Acropolis of Rhodes

The ancient sites keep coming as the Acropolis of Rhodes is yet another must-visit historical location. While the ruins here have certainly seen better times, they provide a fascinating glimpse into a world long lost. While walking the ruins of this marvellous acropolis, visitors can start to understand what the grandeur of Ancient Greece must have been like. There are the temples of Athena and Zeus, subterranean caves, an ancient stadium, the Temple of Apollo, a gymnasium and a library. With the sheer variety of historic finds at the Acropolis of Rhodes, it’s well worth taking the time to visit.

Things to see in Rhodes

  • Acropolis of Lindos
  • Rhodes Old Medieval Town
  • Ancient Ialyssos
  • Acropolis of Rhodes

These are just a few of the incredible attractions to visit in Rhodes. Beyond the treasures highlighted here, there is Ancient Kamiros, the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, Asklipio Medieval Fort, a medieval clock tower, the 14th century St. Catherine Hospice, Feraclos Castle, and a plethora of other castles.

You are truly spoilt for choice in Rhodes and if you would like to visit in the future, we at Friendship Travel would love to make it happen with our affordable single traveller holidays.

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