Holiday guide to Rhodes, Greece

The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has managed to retain its charm and beauty. The busy resort of Faliraki may attract the club 18-30 crowd, but the rest of the island is cosmopolitan, chic, and drenched in history. For Rhodes holidays offers visit Greecevillasrentals.com.

Rhodes Town offers both a modern, fashionable new town’ with shops, bars and restaurants, as well as the medieval walled old town’. The old town is stunning, overflowing with history such as the Palace of the Kings and the street of the knights, said to be the best preserved medieval street in Europe.

This street once housed the inns of the knights who were divided into seven religious orders based on language. Although there’s no access to these rooms today as they are now government offices, it’s still a fascinating walk.

Other must see attractions are the Acropolis at Lindos and Valley of the Butterfly. Both are busy at high season, and it’s worth remembering that Rhodes is a big island that takes more than its fair share of sunshine. So be warned, the combination of the summer crowds and the sometimes oppressive heat isn’t for everyone.

But for a quiet, relaxed, beach based holiday, the southern resort of Lardos has everything you could want. A sandy beach backed by dunes, a traditional little village with only a handful of tavernas and, if you’re feeling in need of contemplation, the obligatory Greek monastery, reached by a deserted, barren, road and laden with atmosphere.

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