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The 9 best things to do on Rhodes

This Greek island is packed with ancient history, here are the best things to do
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By Marissa Tajada |

Rhodes has a history unlike anywhere else in Greece. Its position in the Aegean Sea once placed it at a crossroads of trade and sea-faring, now the whole 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 a walking through a time of trusted knights and fairytale castles. Here, buildings are incredibly preserved and easy to explore and admire. (In 1988, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) Elsewhere you can delve even further back into Rhodes’ past. Ancient temples stand alongside medieval walls as well as churches, mosques and other structures influenced by the occupiers of eras gone by. And once you’re done soaking up all that history, there are still homely villages, lush valleys, beautiful hotels and relaxing beaches to discover.

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Best things to do on Rhodes

Acropolis of Lindos
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Acropolis of Lindos

What is it? At the top of the hill, looking down over Lindos village, you’ll find this ancient citadel.

Why go? A 15-minute hike brings you from Lindos to the monumental gates of this citadel. Inside you’ll find an ancient temple, a castle, and stunning views of the region. As you walk through the marble ruins, the remnants of the island's different occupiers seem to be stacked upon another. The Knights of Saint John left their mark with a medieval castle while the Roman influence is seen with a temple dedicated to the second-century emperor Diocletian. The ancient Greeks built elaborate roofs on the upper levels, dedicated to the goddess of wisdom Athena.

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The 10 best hotels in Rhodes

We’ve combed the rest of the island too to bring you a carefully edited selection of Rhodes hotels, from boutique bolt-holes in the shadow of Lindos’ acropolis to seriously stylish sea-facing spa resorts.