Rhodes: Ruins & Roses

The perfect mix of history, glamour and modern adventure, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands, in Greece. As the historical capital, Rhodes is the most fertile as well as the most popular Greek island due to its archaeological sites, its medieval old town and its spoil of beaches. Arguably the island’s main attraction is the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Standing aloof, some 30 metres high, it remains one of the tallest statues in the world. The Palace of Grand Master, the Street of the Knights and Hippocrates Square are also on the agenda for those interested in ancient history.

If you charter a yacht in Rhodes, take the chance to visit the scenic Mandakri Harbour, where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. Close-by, the medieval old town is a centre for cultural heritage and a must-see for every visitor. Enjoy a walk among the ancient streets lined with colourful houses. In the mountainous interior, remote villages are cloaked in citrus and olive groves and accessed via narrow, winding mountain roads. Widespread culinary variety abounds with world-class restaurants in rural towns, vibrant bars and buzzing cafés across the island, and traditional tavernas lining the coastline offering simple, traditional Greek food.

When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August



Look out for the famous Rock Rose, beautiful blooms growing between the cracks of the rocks along the coastline and lending the island its name


Take a decent camera to the Acropolis of Lindos at sunset for magical pictures among the ruins


The enchanting, whitewashed village of Lindos stacked on the hill is home to a number of excellent rooftop bars and restaurants, with impressive views. Book a table at the inimitably chic Melenos Lindos


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