A Greek classic

It’s not for nothing Rhodes is the most visited of all the Greek Islands. The biggest of the Dodecanese Islands, it comes with over 200 kilometres’ worth of coastline. As for where to start, Kolymbia – on the east coast – is spot on if you’re after a quiet break. The place keeps a pretty low profile, with a handful of hotels, tavernas and bars along its sand-and-shingle beach.

A pick ‘n’ mix of beaches

If you’re after something a bit more upbeat, venture further north to the island’s clubbing capital, Faliraki. The strip of bars and clubs here is almost as long as the beach. Head south along this stretch, meanwhile, and you get to Lindos, where whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and Medieval walls are the order of the day. Or make tracks for the island’s west coast and stop off in Trianda, a quiet, beachside village with a Byzantine monastery to its name.

Medieval treasures

On the subject of history, Rhodes is knee-deep in reminders of the past. The island’s star turn is Rhodes Town, a 10-minute drive from Trianda. If you’ve only got time to see one thing here, make it the Medieval citadel. Built by the famous Knights of St John, it’s one of the best-preserved in Europe.

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Lindos is a Greek national treasure. No, really, this pretty resort on the east coast of Rhodes has got a preservation order – and as nobody’s allowed to mess with the place it’s a real untouched charmer. We’re talking whitewashed houses, donkeys ambling along car-free streets and history at every turn.

Kalithea (Rhodes)

Back in the Twenties, people came to Kalithea to take in the spring waters at the Italian-designed spa here. The baths may not be in working order anymore but the resort, on the northeast coast of Rhodes, is still going strong. It’s a pretty, laid-back place, with just a clutch of bars to keep you company at night. Whenever you want full-throttle fun, though, Faliraki’s just down the road.


In resort terms, Kolymbia is a bit of a wallflower. It keeps a low profile on the northeast coast of Rhodes, with just a handful of café bars, shops and restaurants along leafy Eucalyptus Road. A bay-side beach and mountain backdrop serve up the good looks – and if you need a bit of action, you’ve always got nearby Faliraki to up the tempo.

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