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The best of Rhodes
The best things to do in Rhodes heavily rely on the island's history, which is unlike anywhere else in Greece. Its position in the Aegean Sea once placed it at a crossroads of trade and sea-faring. Today, the entire island’s a time capsule telling stories of the different civilisations who have called this place home. Visiting the medieval city of Rhodes is like walking through a time machine that will spit you out into a world of trusted knights and fairytale castles. Here, buildings are preserved, easy to explore and admire. (In 1988, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) Ancient temples stand alongside medieval walls as well as churches, mosques and other structures influenced by the occupiers of eras gone by. Once you’re done soaking up all that history, there are still homely villages, lush valleys, beautiful hotels and relaxing beaches to discover. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Often brushed aside as being just another cheap-and-cheerful package destination, Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, has an alter ego. For history, Rhodes Town is (quite literally) the Holy Grail – the Knights Hospitaller polished the cobblestones of its citadel in the 14th century. Dip into the Unesco World Heritage Old Town today for places to stay that are big on medieval charm, with heavy doors pushing open into courtyards paved with sea pebbles and perfumed with frangipani. We've searched every corner of this idyllic island to bring you the very best that Rhodes has to offer, from boutique bolt-holes in the shadow of Lindos’ acropolis to seriously stylish sea-facing spa resorts. Read on for our favourites.