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‘More beautiful than the sun’ according to the ancient Greeks, Rhodes is the largest and most fertile of the Dodecanese, ringed by sandy beaches, bedecked with flowers, blessed with some 300 days of sun a year, dotted with handsome towns and villages and ancient and medieval monuments evoking a long, colourful history – in a nutshell, all that it takes to sit throned as the queen of tourism in Greece.

A year-round playground for chilblained northerners and a top conference and package destination, Rhodes is a cosmopolitan, glittering, sun-drenched chill pill in the sea, glamorous in places, outrageously tacky in others, and lively all year round, thanks in part to the University of the Aegean.

Germans, Brits and Scandinavians traditionally outnumber everyone (there’s even a special post box for Sweden at the central post office) but Israelis, Poles, Czechs and Turks are now adding different accents to the Babelling brew. There are even some Greeks.


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Rhodes Town

The City of the Knights of St John

Rhodes: Dark Tales from the Island of the Sun

Curious myths

Rhodes: East Coast to Lindos

Rhodes: Lindos

World Heritage town & acropolis

Rhodes: North West Coast to Ancient Ialysós

Beaches, a monastery and ruined city

Rhodes: the Far South

The windy land

Rhodes: the West Coast

Butterflies and ancient Kamiros

Text © Dana Facaros

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