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As one of the largest and most visited of the Greek Islands, Rhodes really has it all. With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, fascinating medieval towns and lively seaside cities full of restaurants, shops and clubs, it's easy to see why holidays to the island of Rodos are so popular.
Discover the archaeological ruins and the diverse history of this Mediterranean gem, or soak up the sun on some of the best beaches in Greece. Kids will love the endless array of watersports from snorkeling to surfing, while clubbers will go crazy for the bars and all-night parties. Whether you're up for an action-packed adventure, or after a relaxing summer sojourn, Rhodes definitely has something for you.
The capital is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe and was once the site of Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Nowadays, the Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site full of cultural artefacts, historic buildings, churches and castles.
On the east coast sits the pretty village of Lardos, a tranquil spot perfect for an authentic Rhodes experience. Drink ouzo with the locals around the village square, try some Greek delicacies and dance to local performers. It's just a short car ride away from the larger town of Lindos.
If you're looking for parties, then you've come to the right place. Faliraki is known for its vivid resorts and nightlife, attracting hard-core clubbers year after year. Join the crowds and head down Ermou Street to find some of the island's best bars, pubs and clubs.
Visit the Valley of the Butterflies
Spend a day at Petaloudes and discover one of the most beautiful places on the island. The Valley of the Butterflies is home to the Jersey Tiger Moth and during the wet season of May, millions of moths cover the lush green surrounds. It's nature at its best and a definite highlight of holidays in Rhodes.
Walk around the Old Town
The Street of Kings once housed the inns of the crusading Order of the Knights of St John and is one of the most complete medieval streets in the world. Don't forget to visit the Palace of the Grand Masters, originally built by the Knights in 1309.
See the Castle of Monolithos
A bit further out from the main tourist sites is the Castle of Monolithos. Only the walls of this once-powerful fortress remain, however it's the views you come here for. Look out over the blue seas, Akramitis Mountain and the village of Monolithos.
Lindos is a popular tourist destination with the picturesque St Paul's Bay and its ancient acropolis dating back to 300BC. The city has completely modernized now, with resorts like AquaGrand and Lindian Village in Lardos offering first-class amenities.
This picturesque seaside village boasts a mixture of sand and pebble beaches and is a favourite amongst watersport enthusiasts thanks to its range of windsurfing, sailing and jet-skiing facilities. A lot of the beaches here are private, so book into a luxury hotel and enjoy your own seaside VIP treatment.
Suited to families or couples looking for a central location, Afandou is one of the biggest cities on the island and offers great beaches and golf courses. Hotels in nearby Kolymbia are also popular thanks to their traditional Greek Island design. There's never been a better time to enjoy a big fat Greek holiday and Rhodes is the perfect starting point. Direct Holidays offers some great exclusive deals to this historic island, with resorts dotted around the cities and some of the most popular hotspots.