The Dodecanes group of islands may not be as popular as the other Greek Island groups but they sure do offer something special that makes them worth visiting. Some of Dodecanes islands are the answer to any tourist’s dream for a tranquil escape from the…
The Dodecanes group of islands may not be as popular as the other Greek Island groups but they sure do offer something special that makes them worth visiting. Some of Dodecanes islands are the answer to any tourist’s dream for a tranquil escape from the crowd but not too far away are neighboring islands that offer a dream vacation in the comfort of hotel amenities and those touristy joints that some may find appealing and indispensable.
The island of Rhodes is the most popular of the islands of Dodecanes and has the longest summer of any of the Greek Islands and a tourist season that starts before April and ends sometime in November. It still bears the fortress of its past, which was built to protect the city from the invading Turks nearby. Turkey is just an hour away and makes for a good day trip destination while you are in the island. There are plenty of attractions in Rhodes from its rich historical heritage in the old town and the more modern and vibrant offerings in the newer part of the city. You can also explore beaches galore, archaeological sites and scenic natural spots.
Beach bums will find plenty of places to laze around. There is a long stretch of sandy beaches in Rhodes Town. For a more atmospheric location, you can visit the medieval village of Lindos with its lovely white-stucco houses and sprawling Acropolis. Lindos’ sandy beaches are popular among visitors and there are tavernas on the beachfront where you can conveniently grab a bite.
Another alternative is at Falkiraki, east of the island. It has a 4-mile long stretch of beach and considered to be the most developed in the entire island. This is the place to go if you are big on water-based adventures such as para-sailing and jet-skiing among others. You can also take a short boat ride to the nearby Kathara Bay where you can spend some time enjoying the beautiful landscape. Finally, there is the resort town of Ixia where you can just stay by the pool side of your hotel pampered by the spectacular view of the ocean in the distance.
For your historical survey of the island, start with the old city of the old town. Explore its labyrinthine streets and you will discover several surprises along the way such as a charming art gallery and several museums worth checking out. The Venetian-inspired Byzantine mosque of Suleiman is also a must visit.
The Acropolis of Rhodes is not to be missed whether you are a hard-core history buff or just a curious sightseer. The ruins in the area date back to the 2nd century BC and consist of the Gymnasium, the remains of the Temples of Athena Polias and Pythian Apollo, and the Nymphaia. The Acropolis also affords stunning views of the surrounding area.
More historical treats wait at the verdant Hill of Filerimos where you will find an ancient basilica for the Virgin Mary and a Byzantine church. It is also the site of an important archaeological discovery in the form of the Monastery of Filerimos where Mycenaean potteries and Doric foundations were excavated. Since the area is covered with trees, it is also well-suited for short hikes and lazy strolls. If you follow the trail going west, along cypress trees and some pines you will end up at the center of a small square with a symbolic crucifix at the center.