Rhodes offers a choice of must-see attractions for inquisitive couples enjoying a beach holiday or romantic getaway, including:
Old Town of Rhodes
Explore one of the largest and best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town is probably the oldest continuously inhabited medieval town in Europe.
Stroll around the towering fortified walls then explore some of the 200 narrow cobblestone alleyways crammed with buildings that date from antiquity, Byzantine times and the Middle Ages.
Admire the 3rd century BC ruins of the Temple of Venus, found just inside the magnificent Eleftheria Gate. Walk the 600m-long Avenue of the Knights, where knights of the Order of St John once lived.
Visit the Hospital of the Knights (now the Archaeological Museum), the magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters and the 14th century Hospice of St Catherine. Ponder the 3rd century BC Temple of Venus and the Mosque of Suleiman, with its distinct pink-striped Venetian exterior. Pass beautiful Gothic and Byzantine churches along the way.
Acropolis of Rhodes
Visit the restored ruins of the 2nd century AD Doric temples of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus that stand on the ancient acropolis overlooking the city. Explore passageways in the underground aqueduct Nymphaea and be awed by the Odeion Theatre in the Stadium.
Typifying the best of Dodecanese architecture, this picture-perfect hilltop town is built of narrow stone-paved alleyways and traditional white-washed houses with elegant stone doorways and small internal courtyards. Browse handicraft shops selling ceramics, rugs, delicate embroidery and lace.
Visit the 15th century Byzantine Church of the Panagia, famously covered by more than 200 iconic frescoes, then stroll past the famous 2nd century BC relief carving of a trireme (ancient warship) to the ancient Acropolis. Here sit the impressive remains of the Sanctuary of Athena Lindos, contained within the fortified walls and protected by a medieval castle built in the early 14th century by the Knights of St John. Admire the temple and the marvellous views overlooking medieval Lindos and St Paul’s Bay.
Visit on a day trip or stay longer at the luxurious Melenos Lindos, the island’s first boutique hotel. The ancient town of Lindos is located on the east coast, around 45km south of Rhodes town.
Try to picture what life was like more than 2000 years ago in this ancient Doric city as you wander through the remains of aqueducts, streets, temples and homes. Kamiros was only discovered in 1929 and is located around 40km south of Rhodes town.
Explore ancient 2nd and 4th century BC ruins and a monastery, which sprawl over the slopes of Mount Filerimos. Visit the temple to Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus and the Monastery of Filerimos. Ancient Ialisos is located on the island's north-west coast, around 9km from Rhodes town.
The highest mountain on Rhodes (1196m) is a 5-hour round-trip trek from the village of Ayios Issidoros. At the summit you will be rewarded with panoramic views across the island, taking in both the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.
Valley of Butterflies
This lush green nature reserve offers scenic walks in a setting of bamboo bridges, ponds, streams and small waterfalls. During July and August, the valley is home to millions of black-and-white-striped butterflies. The Valley of Butterflies is open from May to September and is located 27km south of Rhodes.