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With a skyline sprinkled with minaret, turrets and domes, it's obvious before you even walk around Rhodes Town that you've landed somewhere exciting. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's quite incredible how this, the capital of Rhodes, manages to flawlessly fuse old and new so that the medieval heritage walks hand in hand with the cosmopolitan feel that modern holidaymakers love.
The medieval old town is incredibly well-preserved, a shining example of history that takes you back to a time to when the knights of St. John settled here during the Middle Ages. The Street of the Knights can be found within the medieval walls, lined with inns, where you can enjoy the cobbled lanes exemplary of bygone times. In contrast, the new town offers a more modern atmosphere, while the shingle beach that meets the azure waters is a hit with beach bums and sun-worshipers.
Whatever your plans involved for your break in Greece, Rhodes Town would be a perfect spot to base yourself, and with Direct Holidays, your big fat Greek retreat is just a couple of clicks away.
Day trips to the village of Lindos operate daily from Rhodes Town ' the whitewashed houses and the pretty rural feel wouldn't look out of place on a postcard. While there, take a donkey ride to the top of the hill that overlooks the village, where the ruins of a Byzantine church and the ancient temple of Athena stand proudly.
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights
When the knights of St John settled in Rhodes Town during the Middle Ages, their leader made this imposing palace their home. The fortress still stands strong and, since then, has been a holiday home for Mussolini too. The lofty turrets and high walls hide the grandiose interior within, covered in mosaics and adorned with riches from all over the world.
Take a boat trip across the ocean and spend the day in the cultural hotspot of Marmaris. As one of Turkey's most popular resorts, Marmaris has something to delight all of its visitors, including the Grand Bazaar when you can haggle and barter to walk away with a superb bargain or two!
Enjoy the Annual Medieval Rose Festival
Every August, holidaymakers can be transported back to the Middle Ages with this fun-filled medieval festival. Archery contests, jugglers, jesters and courtyard minstrels, combined with a banquet of food, will make you feel like you're a maiden from times gone by.
Head Inland to the Valley of the Butterflies
Petaloudes, near the village of Kalamonas, is home to a scenic gorge that is a haven for the kalimorfa butterfly during the months of June to September. These pretty butterflies are attracted to the sticky resin of the storax tree and show a beautiful array of colours as they swirl around you.
Sail to Symi
Set off from Mandraki harbour and head for the island of Symi for the day. Bask in the beauty of its harbour, enjoy an ice cold drink at one of the local tavernas, or visit the Panormitis monastery for a chance to appreciate the local culture. Whatever you choose, this unspoilt island is definitely worth your time.
From its rich cultural heritage to its holiday resort features, Rhodes Town is a melting pot of qualities that make it an inspiring, breathtaking, all-round resort, with so much to keep you occupied that it's hard to keep track. It's the perfect spot in Greece for culture vultures, and those who simply want to enjoy an authentic atmosphere on holidays to the island of Rhodes.
A purpose built resort just five minutes from Rhodes Town, Ixia gives holidaymakers the opportunity to appreciate a typical holiday hotspot, complete with fantastic beaches, watersports galore and high-end hotels, while still within easy reach of the culture and heritage that the island's capital boasts.
Take a look at the range of affordable Rhodes Town package holidays from Direct Holidays for a chance to bask in an eclectic mix of old and new that will leave your thirst for an authentic Greek island experience thoroughly quenched.