Rhodes is a highly popular Greek island and is ideal for first-time visitors to Greece who want to experience everything that the country has to offer. With its exuberant way of life, you can enjoy a range of fun activities from the relaxed to the extreme.
Diving tours can take you to see underwater wrecks along the neighbouring islands, and there are plenty of instructors who can teach you how to kitesurf or windsurf. If you prefer a slower pace, leisurely guided tours to see Rhodes’s monasteries, water springs and valleys are frequent on the island, and you can even attend a cooking lesson if you want to learn how to make delicious Greek dishes yourself at home.
The history of Rhodes is as varied as it is interesting, picking up several nicknames along the way. It’s regularly referred to as ‘The Island of the Knights’ after being ruled by the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem between the 15th and 16th centuries. The medieval influence can be seen and felt throughout with the medieval Old Town being UNESCO World Heritage-listed.
If you want to take a break from the sites and activities, shopping in the Old Town can be a welcoming distraction. Jewelry, art, clothing, and local cuisine can all be found here, making it one of the best places in Rhodes to pick up souvenirs or a special something for yourself.