Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes, Greece

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Multifaceted Rhodes

Prepare to be enthralled by Rhodes. It's a place where Byzantine fortresses mingle with mosques and churches and age-old Crusader castles. It's a place where the likes of Faliraki and Ialysos come thumping with rambunctious clubs and all-nighter bars. It's got the shimmering daffodil-colored sands of Lindos, and the rock-shaded coves of Ladiko. Divers and snorkelers encounter sea sponges and basking sharks in the crystal-clear waters, while hikers aim to conquer the pine-clad peaks to see olive farms inland. Ancient ruins lurk elsewhere, encasing Rhodes vacation rentals in a shell of fascinating history and culture.

Life's a beach in Rhodes

While history and heritage abound, it's no secret that most people flock to Rhodes for a taste of life on the edge of the Aegean Sea. With over 40 individual beaches and coves to enjoy, the island certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to sunbathing spots or beachcombing. And it's not all about lazing around and soaking up the rays, either. Adrenaline junkies can hop on jet skis, or attempt to ride the bouncing banana boats of Faliraki. Others will prefer a luxury yacht charter or a lesson in scuba diving for something a little more adventurous.

The eye-opening monuments of Rhodes

While the island's beaches sparkle and entice, Rhodes Town packs in some of Greece's most awesome historical monuments. You can see the medieval rises of the great Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a UNESCO site that's gilded with ancient mosaics and enthralling military exhibits. Another Crusader edifice hides the Rhodes Archaeological Museum, where relics of Helios the god and priceless Attican vases await. All of that's surrounded by tight-knit lanes where mosques, elegant churches, and Ottoman relics fringe the streets.

Feel the heat in Rhodes

Rhodes enjoys one of the longest, hottest summers of all the Greek islands. It sits in the far southern reaches of the Aegean Sea, getting temperatures in the high 90s for the scorching months of June, July, and August _ when most people seek out Rhodes vacation rentals on the beaches. The high summer is also when Rhodes vacation rentals in Faliraki and the other hedonistic resorts are in highest demand. Spring and fall visits in May and September promise a balance of lower rates, fewer crowds, and plenty of balmy days.

Resplendent Rhodes

When it comes to nature, Rhodes really has it all. Mountains like Profitis Ilias arch their rugged limestone backbones through the backcountry, hosting cypress forests and wildflower meadows and clusters of pine trees. The famous Valley of the Butterflies entices with its patchwork of babbling waterfalls, rivers, and insect-spotted tree trunks. Then there are the beaches, ranging from the long and sandy strip of Kalithea to taverna-backed Lindos Beach, to blustery Gennadi Beach with its windsurfing swells. Those who go underwater on scuba diving trips can meet sharks and sea sponges and all manner of other marine life.