Thinking about a holiday to Rhodes? This island offers an epic past, beaches lifted straight off a postcard, and nightlife that leaves the rest of Greece in the shade.
A Greek classic
It’s not for nothing Rhodes is the most popular of all the Greek Islands. The biggest of the Dodecanese Islands, it comes with over 200 kilometres’ worth of coastline. As for where to start, Kolymbia – on the east coast – is spot on if you’re after a quiet break for your All Inclusive holiday to Rhodes. The place keeps a pretty low profile, with a handful of hotels, tavernas and bars along its sand-and-shingle beach.
A pick ‘n’ mix of sandy stretches
If you’re after something a bit more upbeat, venture further north to the island’s clubbing capital, Faliraki. The strip of bars and clubs here is almost as long as the beach. Head south along this stretch, meanwhile, and you get to Lindos, where whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and Medieval walls are the order of the day. Or make tracks for the island’s west coast and stop off in Trianda, a quiet, beachside village with a Byzantine monastery to its name.
On the subject of history, holidays to Rhodes put you knee-deep in reminders of the past. The island’s star turn is Rhodes Town, a 10-minute drive from Trianda. If you’ve only got time to see one thing here, make it the Medieval citadel. Built by the famous Knights of St John, it’s one of the best-preserved in Europe.
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Kremasti is a charming little town on the Greek island of Rhodes. This place’s main attraction is the beach – a long stretch of sand and shingle that runs along the entire town. You’ve also got a tree-lined main square with a few tavernas and shops dotted around. As for nightlife and history, the city of Rhodes is on hand just 20 minutes’ drive up the road.
Set on the east coast of Rhodes, the teeny resort of Pefkos takes its name from the pine trees fringing the lovely sandy beach. It’s a former fishing village that hasn’t lost its old-world charm – as you’ll see from the welcoming bars and restaurants along its 2 main streets. The appeal here is the slow tempo, but livelier Lindos is close by and heritage-packed Rhodes Town is just up the coast, too.
Lardos sits inland on southeast Rhodes. Life in the thriving villages centres on the square, which has a charming, old-fashioned feel, thanks to its cypress trees, church and Italian fountain. It’s where you can catch up with the locals in the bars and tavernas. Nearby there’s a working monastery and the remains of a Byzantine castle, and you don’t have to travel far to find picturesque olive groves and little rural paths.