Known for its ancient ruins and spectacular white sand beaches, Rhodes is the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands. The city of Rhodes is the island's historic capital, with an Old Down district that still reflects the island's occupation by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades.
Rhodes is known for having been ruled by Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem during the Crusades from 1310 to 1522. Many structures and streets from this time can still be seen around the island, especially in Rhodes city. The island was also famously the location of the statue known as Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
What Can You Do in Rhodes?
Visiting ancient ruins and relaxing on the beach are the two pastimes that draw the most visitors to Rhodes. The island's beaches, including Agios Pavlos Beach and Saint Paul's Bay, are known worldwide for their beauty. The ancient Acropolis of Lindos and the Monastery of Tsambika are among the many ancient sites that you can tour on the island. The Old Town District in Rhodes city, which has been restored to resemble a city from the time of the Crusades, is also one of the island's most popular attractions.
Rhodes spans more than 1,400 square kilometers, and it can take a long time to explore it fully. Try to give yourself at least 5 days to see the whole island. That said, if you are pressed for time, guided Rhodes tours are a great way to pack a lot of the island's best attractions into a relatively short visit.
How Long are Rhodes Tours?
Rhodes tours range from just a few short hours to long overnight adventures, so you have the option of choosing a tour that fits any schedule. Typical day trips to historic sites and water activities on the island typically last 3 to 5 hours.