Rhodes Town offers you two towns for the price of one! The modern island capital has broad tree-lined avenues, excellent shopping, imposing public buildings, smart restaurants and nightclubs, whilst right next door, the magnificent old town is a stunningly well-preserved Crusader fortress city, built by the Knights of St John.
Wandering around the cobbled streets it’s easy to picture how it must have looked back in the Middle Ages – despite the modern boutiques, tavernas and souvenir shops! The picturesque harbour, once the site of the 100-foot-tall Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is now full of luxury yachts from all over the world.
Rhodes Town is the perfect base for exploring the whole island by local bus, coach excursions, boat trips or hire car – you can even hop across to nearby Kos, Symi or even Turkey, for a day trip! The new town has excellent shopping facilities whereas the old town has a wide range of restaurants and tourist shops.
The Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudhes)
Near the village of Kalamonas is a unique natural habitat where you can see thousands of brightly coloured butterflies.
This shady valley with a stream running through the trees attracts butterflies in the hot months from June to September. Follow the winding paths through the pine trees, enjoying their fragrant resin and cooling canopy. The butterflies will enchant you, as will your surroundings, with wooden bridges, stone steps and a waterfall.
You can easily spend a day at the valley and there is a restaurant and picnic site if you get hungry. An uphill path leads to the Monastery of the Virgin of Kalopetra where you can get refreshments and snacks prepared by ladies if the village.
At the southern tip of Rhodes, Prassonissi is a smalll island about 20 m away. You can walk across as the waters are never deeper than 1.2 meters (4 feet).
The shallow waters form a lagoon that is ideal for children and for just splashing about all day long. The waters of the Mediteranean and the Aegean meet here creating a windsurfers and paragliders paradise.
This beautiful Art Deco spa was built by the Italians and fell into ruins. It’s former splendour has recently been restored and today you can relax on sun beds around the lagoon and enjoy the impressive cafe and restaurant. Wonder at the marvellous architecture and see from what it was rebuilt and reminders of the films shot here.
On the east coast about 40 km from the villa.
This beautifully small sandy beach is only ten minutes away, just off the road to Haraki.
The waters shelve gently making it very safe for bathing. Facilities include sunbeds, taverns and water sports.
Close by are the ruins of the ancient 14th century castle of Feraklos which stands the site an ancient Acropolis. The castle was used by pirates before the Knights of St. John ousted them, reinforced the castle than used it as a prison. Reached from the track by a footpath leading to steps It is a good climb and fairly rough underfoot, it is located at about 300m above the sea level.