10 Best Attractions in Rhodes Greece That You MUST SEE
The alluring Dodecanese island of Rhodes in Greece is a delight with its expansive offering of history and extensive collection of beautiful landscapes, that come together to weave a picturesque paradise, beckoning one and all.
Holding a place of prominence since antiquity, Rhodes was also the site where one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes stood. Though one cannot see that colossal structure anymore apart from its illustrations, the island presents a magnificent line-up of grand attractions that makes a holiday to Rhodes Greece totally rewarding in terms of the experiences gathered and sights as well as sites seen.
Best Rhodes Attractions
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
A 14th century castle, which is a fine example of medieval gothic architecture, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes was once the bastion of the Knights Hospitaller, a branch of the Roman Catholic military orders during the middle ages. Today, it is home to the Byzantine Museum, and makes for an imposing façade that leaves visitors mesmerized. Interestingly, the Palace that we see now was rebuilt in the 1940s, after it was destroyed in the middle of the 19th century due to gunpowder explosion. King Vittorio Emmanuele III of Italy once used the place as his holiday home.
Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes in the Hospital of the Knights, a medieval structure, has one of the best collections of artifacts found in Rhodes and other Dodecanese islands. The treasure trove includes sculpture, figurines, vases and jewellery from Classical, Hellenistic and Roman period. The museum is a good place to get a deeper insight, understanding and appreciation of Rhodes and all that it stood for.
The Tsambika Monastery perched on top of a hill allows some breathtaking views indeed. However, this is not the only reason why this Byzantine Church, dedicated to Our Lady, is so popular with everyone. Legend says that any woman facing child bearing issues can overcome her problems by praying to the Virgin, and when the wish is granted, a son should be named Tsambiko and a daughter Tsambika. The number of people christened with this name on the island is testimony to the faith associated with the revered Tsambika Monastery. One has to climb 300 steps to reach the church and it is totally worth it.
Located right below the rock on which the Tsambika monastery stands, is the beach with the same name. Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Rhodes, the Tsambika beach with its golden sands and crystal clear turquoise waters is definitely a treat for the tired, or for that matter even rejuvenated, eye. It is quite a favourite spot with holidaymakers, and makes for a great family destination in Rhodes.
Prasonisi makes one of the most spectacular sights in Rhodes. The area basically consists of two bays separated by a magnificent beach. On one side, the calm waters of the Mediterranean greet swimmers and on the other side the Aegean Sea makes for a great ally to go windsurfing or kite surfing. It is a great place to soak in the idyllic Rhodes sun or to step back and just enjoy the picturesque landscape.
Acropolis of Rhodes
The highest part of Rhodes city has been dominated by the Acropolis since the Hellenistic period. An unfortified acropolis, the main attractions in the complex for visitors are the Temple of Apollo, a stadium and a small theatre. Built on stepped terraces, the monumental zone of the Acropolis is a fascinating archaeological site that transports you to another world, where you can literally envision yourself having time travelled. It is interesting to note that the grounds of the area still play an intrinsic part in the daily lives of the Rhodians, as they go about walking and jogging around it. One of the best points of interests on the island, the Acropolis of Rhodes is also an apt place for getting fabulous views of the city.
Aquarium of Rhodes
The Aquarium of Rhodes, with its art deco building, is one of the popular places to visit in Rhodes. It is a museum, aquarium and research centre combined in one, where one can appreciate and marvel at the divergent aspects of marine life, especially those that are native to the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. The colourful display of underwater flora and fauna are a favourite with grownups and children alike, making it a great family holiday hotspot.
St Paul’s Bay
St Paul’s Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Rhodes which lies on one side of Lindos, a historic village on the island. One of the reasons that the beach is such a favourite with all is due to its calm waters that make for a lazy swim, on account of the bay being enclosed by rocks on all sides with just one small opening, giving it a cove like setting. This also adds to the surreal beauty to the place. There is also a chapel in the cove, which makes the place a popular spot for getting married and hosting weddings. It is all quite exotic.
Acropolis of Lindos
The torchbearer of a glorious past, the Acropolis of Lindos is one of the most fascinating attractions in Rhodes. The interesting part is that the hallowed grounds have not only hosted the Greeks but also the Romans, Byzantines, Knights of St. John as well as the Ottomans, making the history of the area a wonder, where one cannot begin to interpret the demarcation points archaeologically. A tour of the area with its structures and monuments leaves one spellbound, but of course there is just so much to see and process in the mind. And then there is the stellar view of Lindos village, with its trademark labyrinth of cubic houses, truly a treat!
Medieval City of Rhodes
The Medieval City of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is considered one of the best preserved towns from the Middle Ages in Europe. Located right in the heart of Rhodes, the area has been lived in continuously, it was never abandoned. The cobbled streets take you on a historical journey, having witnessed so many stories on and around it. One cannot quite put in words the charm that the medieval quarter exudes, and the best way to sample and soak in it is to take a leisurely walk around the place, while making stopovers at the various sites and Gothic structures that line the place.