The places worth visiting on the beautiful island of Rhodes are countless. Over the centuries from this place have passed several and different conquerors and everyone has left their own cultural mark on the island. In this section I will mention some of the most important monuments that exist on the island of Rhodes.
Medieval city of Rhodes
The Medieval city of Rhodes is one of the most beautiful medieval cities around the world. The old town is surrounded by 5 km long walls, 12 meters wide and features turrets, battlements, trench and 11 entrance gates. Cross the beautiful street of the Knights to reach the palace of the Grand Master, which is a monument unique to the island and to the whole country. Visit the Archaeological Museum which is housed in the building that was once the hospital of the Knights. The medieval moat with a total length of 2300 meters is an excellent choice for a quiet walk at any time of the day. The heart of the Old Town is the square of Hippocrates, where you will find several restaurants, cafes and Kastellania, the beautiful stone building that once constituted the Commercial Court of the Knights.
New city of Rhodes
If you think that apart from the medieval city the capital of Rhodes has nothing else to offer you, you are making a big mistake, as the new city has some of the most beautiful places of the island. Walk in the picturesque Mandraki, the point where once the myth says that the famous Colossus was located and see the famous statues of deer, the fortress of St. Nicholas, as well as the Church of Annunciation. A little further to the northernmost point of the city is the aquarium of Rhodes, one of the most important centres of marine research in Greece. Climb the hill of Monte Smith to visit the Acropolis of Rhodes, the ancient stadium, and admire the magnificent view. Another beautiful spot in the city is Rodini park with the streams, the bridges, the trails and the wonderful vegetation.
The city of Lindos is located about 50 km away from the capital of the island. It is one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes, which today is a popular tourist destination. The city with the beautiful alleys, is built amphitheatrically under the ancient Acropolis, which is one of the most popular sights of Greece. To go up there are two ways, either on foot or renting a donkey to avoid fatigue, especially during the summer months with the intense sun. In the Acropolis, apart from the unique archeological site, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea.
About 10 kilometres away from the city of Rhodes you will find the springs of Kallithea, one of the most famous places on the island. The place was completely renovated in 2007. In the area of the springs you will see the fountain, the large rotunda, the beautiful surrounding area with the pebbled floor and the impressive arches. Within the springs there is an organized beach where you can explore the wonderful seabed of Kallithea Bay.
The Hill of Filerimos is located about 15 kilometres from the city of Rhodes. The Knights when they came to the island built on the hill the monastery of Panagia Filerimos, where it dominates next to the remnants of the ancient acropolis of Ialyssos. Apart from the beautiful monastery, on the hill it is worth to walk the "road of Torment", with the 134 steps and see the plates with representations of passions of Christ, which ends up in a huge cross of 18 meters height.
A place of exceptional natural beauty where you undoubtedly have to visit, is the valley of the butterflies. The place is the summer shelter for the butterflies Panaxia Quadripunctaria. It is a paradise with streams, small waterfalls, lakes and shady paths. Enjoy your snack or coffee under the lovely shade of the trees in one of the refreshment bars located along the valley.