Located in the south-east of the Aegean Sea close to Turkey, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, known for their ancient architecture, churches and beaches. With 300 days of sunshine each year and temperatures rising towards the 30 degree mark in June, July, August and even September, miles of sandy beaches, old town charm, scenic hiking trails and wonderful restaurants, Rhodes is a great all-round holiday destination for families and couples. The island is also perfect for watersports enthusiasts, culture vultures and night owls.
Full of medieval treasures, Rhodes will have you knee-deep in history. One of its main attractions is Rhodes Town where you can visit the Medieval citadel with links to St John’s famous knights: it is said to be one of the best preserved in Europe. Other worthwhile attractions include the Palace of the Grand Master and the 15th century Archaeological Museum of Rhodes.
When it comes to family activities, there’s plenty. Take the kids outdoors to explore Mount Attavyros and marvel at Rhodes’ tallest mountain, visit the natural butterfly reserve, feed animals at the zoo, or simply tire them out at Faliraki’s Water Park. Some of the best accessible beaches for families in Rhodes include Lindos, Agios Pavlos and Ladiko.
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For those interested in something a little more energetic, go further north of the island to the clubbing capital, Faliraki, with a strip full of bars and clubs almost as long as the beach. It’s not far from Rhodes Town, so even if you are not staying in Faliraki, you can easily reach it by taxi. Start your night with a few cocktails at a beach bar or a relaxed dinner at one of the plentiful restaurants or head straight down to the many nightclubs where you dance the night away.
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Situated on the east coast is Lindos, a location peppered with whitewashed houses and beautiful cobbled streets. This pretty village has a preservation order on it which means nothing can disturb its authentic old-school Greekness. The beaches at Lindos are Pallas, a petite sandy spot that’s favoured by the locals with a watersports centre and a jetty where you can hop on a glass-bottomed boat, and Lindos Beach, a long ribbon of sand with plenty of bars and cafés. Lindos is full of amazing architecture too, including ruins of its acropolis.
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Rhodes’ second largest town is Ialyssos, popular with watersports enthusiasts thanks to the gentle winds afforded by its location on the north western coast of the island. On shore sun worshippers flock to the town’s splendid beach, and the Ialyssos’s friendly tavernas boasts fresh olives and mouthwatering seafood. Party animals can enjoy karaoke with the locals in one of the low-key bars in the town before heading into Rhodes town, just a 20 min bus ride away.
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The once sleepy fishing hamlet of Pefkos, located on the island’s eastern coast, is now a popular beach resort, drawing visitors to its sun lounger dotted beach and the clutch of cafes and tavernas in the compact centre. Pefkos also makes a great base for exploring Rhodes. Perfect for families, kids will love the calm waters and Blue Flag beach, ideal if you’re holidaying with smaller children and want a quieter break.
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