Going on holiday to Rhodes means lazing away the day on your beach towel on a beautiful golden sand beach. But there are also impressive historic sights to explore on Rhodes!
One of the most popular sights on Rhodes is the Acropolis of Lindos. There are several acropoleis in Greece, but the one at Lindos is best preserved. It was built in the 3rd century BC and largely used as a temple dedicated to Athena Lindia. You can visit the acropolis and join the thousands of visitors who climb the 500 steps to the top each day to enjoy fantastic views of Rhodes from the top. Make sure to wear proper walking shoes.
Another historic sight to explore are the excavations at Kámiros. During archaeological excavations in the city of Kámiros, a number of historic buildings from the Hellenistic Period were discovered, including a Doric temple, parts of a bathhouse and an amphitheatre. You can still see these remains. Unfortunately, other parts of the ancient city have been destroyed by several earthquakes.
The springs of Rhodes are located in the village of Kolombia on the east side of the island. They are also known as the ‘Epta Piges Kolymbia’. To reach the springs, you first need to walk through a water tunnel that is nearly 200 metres long. This takes you to a lovely freshwater lake. Make sure to taste the spring water that flows from the springs, which has a pure and delightfully refreshing taste.
The Filérimos monastery was built in honour of the Virgin Mary. It is located atop the Filérimos hill, around 10 kilometres south of Rhodes City. The monastery dates back to the age of the Knights, around the 15th century. It was built on the old foundations of the Athena Polias temple. While you’re in the neighbourhood, make sure to visit the Agios Georgios Hostos church. The plateau also has a large concrete cross and offers beautiful views of northern Rhodes.
Finally, there are a number of historic sights in Rhodes City, particularly in the historic city centre, including the 4-kilometre-long city walls that clearly reflect the origins of the city. From outside the walls, the city looks like one big castle. Many sections of the walls are 14 metres thick! If you feel like going on a long hike, you can walk the path around the entire fortress walls. You’ll almost feel like you’ve been transported back to the Middle Ages.