Unmissable Experiences in Rhodes

By Rosanna Langton on September 27, 2018

As one of the oldest civilizations in Greece, Rhodes has a mosaic of cultural heritage from the Byzantines, waring Greek nations, the Crusaders and the Ottomans.

With stories on every corner in Old Town, miles of beautiful sandy coastline, scenic villages, hearty cuisine and a wild interior, Sheraton Rhodes Resort is perfectly placed to help you discover the best of Rhodes.

1) Walk through time in Old Town

A UNESCO world heritage site, Old Town is a living monument to Rhodes’ turbulent history. See the legacy of the crusades at the imposing Palace of the Grand Master and the Archaeological Museum, originally a hospital for the Knights of St. John. The Mosque of Suleiman and the Kahal Shalom Synagogue are also worth a visit. Find your way through the maze of narrow streets to the Harbour Gate and exit into Mandraki Harbour.

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Top tip: enter Old Town through the D’Amboise gate, stopping at the nearby park, for a look at the city wall and moat.

2) Visit the Street of the Knights after dark

Follow in the footsteps of crusaders along the Street of the Knights in Old Town. When you explore after dark, it’s easy to imagine the footsteps echoing on the cobblestones, belong to a knight returning home for the evening!

3) Sample award-winning ice cream at Palladion

One of the best gelato in Greece can be found at Palladion, near Ippokratous Sq. in Old Town. Try its celebrated salted caramel gelato or ask the staff to recommend their favourite – you can’t go wrong whatever you choose here! Take your pick to-go and enjoy it people watching in Hippocrates Square.

4) Climb the Roloi Clock Tower

See Rhodes’ cultural and architectural history from a unique perspective as you gaze down on ancient ruins, mosques, synagogues, and Byzantine churches, past the harbour and out to sea. Tickets to climb the clock tower are just a few euros and include a free drink and free WiFi in a charming terrace beneath the tower – what’s not to like?

5) Visit an art deco spa

The water in Kallithea has been praised for its healing properties since antiquity. In the 1920s, the Italians built the initial premises around Kallithea Springs: a luxurious spa retreat, complete with stone mosaics and art deco features.

Top tip: bring your swimwear! You can’t swim in the complex, but the attached cove is perfect for sunbathing and snorkelling.

6) Go butterfly spotting at Petaloudes

Petaloudes is known as the Valley of the Butterflies after the millions of black and white striped tiger moths that gather in the valley from mid-May to September. How many will you spot along this enchanted wooded path?

Top tip: look out for the fresh water crabs who share their valley home!

7) Explore one of Greece’s oldest villages

With more than five centuries of history, Lindos is one of the oldest villages in Greece. Wander the winding cobbled streets lined with shops which sell everything from clothes and handmade leather goods, to jewellery and ceramics. If you plan to visit the hilltop acropolis and Temple to Athena Lindia, time your climb carefully as there’s no shade.

Top tip: skip Lindos beach and cool off with a swim in less-known Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul’s) Bay.

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