As the fourth-largest Greek island, Rhodes has plenty to explore over the course of a week with this seven-day itinerary. Whether you're wandering the streets of its medieval Old Town or climbing up to see the Monolithos Castle, which has never been conquered since its construction in 1408, this ancient island has something waiting around every corner.
You'll start in Rhodes' medieval OldTown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll pass through stone gateways, the Agora, and the Collachium. The Old Town is incredibly preserved and home to numerous churches, marble coats of arms, cannonballs, the inns of the Knights, and the impressive Palace of the Grand Masters.
Next, head to the New Town, which contrasts well with the Old Town. Enjoy Neo-Colonial and Italianate style architecture, and feel the buzz of the lively old harbor. You'll notice tall columns and two bronze deer, which act as landmarks of the island. According to tradition, this was where the famous Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, once stood.
The New Town is also where Venetian, Gothic, and Asian elements blend. You'll pass the City Hall and the Governor’s Palace, built in Venetian style with details similar to the Doge’s Palace in Venice. The National Theater of Rhodes features international and Italian architecture known as Teatro Puccini.
Continue up the hillside to Monte Smith, the Acropolis of Rhodes overlooking the city. Enjoy the views and visit the Temple of Apollo, the restored Ancient Stadium, and the Greek Theater. Then head to Lindos, making a stop at Anthony Quinn Bay, named after the famous Hollywood actor. You'll also stop at the picturesque Tsambica Beach.
If you'd like, you can also stop at a pottery workshop to observe a potter working at the wheel. View the variations of famous pottery from Rhodes and learn the mystery behind the Pythagorean cup. Then continue enjoying your drive to Lindos, especially as the Acropolis of Lindos comes into view, and stop for photos at picturesque St. Paul's Bay.
You'll start your exploration of Lindos in its main square, climbing up to the Acropolis and strolling through the many narrow cobblestone pathways. Marvel at the different monuments, including the 4th-century BCE Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a double-winged portico, a Byzantine church, and the Knights' fortifications.
You'll follow the scenic coastal road to Faliraki Beach and Kallithea Spa on your way back to Rhodes Town.
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Let this 10-day itinerary take you through some of Greece's most interesting island artifacts. You'll hear the myths of the Acropolis, hike the ancient castles and villages of Rhodes, then finish up with both the culinary and Classical history of Crete before you depart.
The Colossus of Rhodes may be lost to the ages, but many of the rest of the island's historic wonders remain standing and ready to be explored on this 16-day itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll venture out to explore Rhodes's beaches, castles, and villages. Head to Crete next to see the Minoan Palace of Knossos along with local agricultural traditions, then top off your trip in Corfu with both modern mansions and Homeric islets before you return to Athens.