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When many people think of travelling to Greece for history, they may think of Athens or Crete… but I'm here to tell you that Rhodes is one of the best places to visit if you love history. The island is full of mediaeval history and has some of the most beautiful and old mediaeval architecture in all of Greece. Some of the best places to explore this history are Ancient Kamiros, Palace of the Grand Master, and the archeological museum of Rhodes.
 
Rhodes is a great place for history lovers because there's not only an Ancient History, like at the Acropolis at Lindos, but there's also the Medieval history at the Palace of the Grandmaster. It's so cool, I love learning about it.
 
When many people think of travelling to Greece for history, they may think of Athens or Crete… but I'm here to tell you that Rhodes is one of the best places to visit if you love history. The island is full of mediaeval history and has some of the most beautiful and old mediaeval architecture in all of Greece. Some of the best places to explore this history are Ancient Kamiros, Palace of the Grand Master, and the archeological museum of Rhodes.
I totally agree with this - I have enjoyed my time learning about the history of Rhodes. I made it to Kamiros and thought the ancient site was so interesting! One of the reasons why I like Rhodes so much is also because of the Medieval history.
 
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I totally agree with this - I have enjoyed my time learning about the history of Rhodes. I made it to Kamiros and thought the ancient site was so interesting! One of the reasons why I like Rhodes so much is also because of the Medieval history.
Yes, definitely a great place for mediaeval history! Something that many people don't expect to see in Greece. Most people think that the history is all going to be focussed on ancient Greece.
 

Taking a boat trip around Rhodes?

Has anyone ever taken a boat trip around the island of Rhodes?

From what I've researched, there are a plethora of options, from luxurious yachts to quaint sailing boats, each promising an unforgettable journey across the Aegean Sea. 🌊

What I'm Looking For:

  • Recommendations for boat tour companies you trust.
  • Tips on hidden gems and must-see spots along the coastline or nearby islets.
  • Any advice on the best time of day or year for smooth sailing.
  • Insights on what to bring apart from the obvious (sunscreen, hat, camera—you get the drift).
Anything you can help me with is very much appreciated!

Large Venomous Jellyfish Spotted off Greece's Rhodes -

Religious sites to visit on Rhodes

Today, I’m excited to share four religious sites that you might want to visit as you journey along a certain road. Each of these destinations offers a unique insight into the spiritual legacy and historical context of the regions you'll find yourself immersed in. However, remember I haven't visited this myself. I am thinking of visiting them. So I will make updates as I find more information. For example, I just added more information about the names of the places so they're easier to find.

1. The Temple at the Crossroads

This serene temple, ancient as the surrounding groves, is named for the cross-section of paths where legend says the gods intersect. The atmosphere is calm, and it's said that prayers offered here meet deities from all four cardinal directions. Locals believe that if you meditate within the temple's main hall, you can sense the divine converging around you.

I think this place is also called Temple of Apollo Pythias but I could be wrong.

2. The Monastery Through the Mist

Nestled high in the mountains, this monastery is famous for the shroud of mist that enwraps it, making it feel like an ethereal resting place. History marks it as the site where the first saint of the region achieved enlightenment. Pilgrims hike hours up treacherous paths to be blessed where the clouds meet the heavens.

I think this place is also called Filerimos Monastery - should be easier to find under this name.

3. The Shrine within a Cave

A cave lodges in a cliffside on the third leg of our journey, housing a shrine illuminated only by the gentle glow of candles. An annual festival invites thousands, as they carry torches along narrow ledges to pay homage to the hermit who first discovered this sanctuary. The echo of religious chants is said to make the rocks themselves vibrate.

I think this is also called Cave of Archangel Michael.

4. The Ancient Blessing Well

A clearing in the dense woods reveals a well, adorned with flowers, that many claim has healing properties. Here, people of all faiths come to draw water and leave tokens of gratitude for the water spirit. This practice was believed to have been started by a traveling monk hundreds of years ago, imparting legends of miraculous recoveries to those who drank from it.

Is this place in the Fortification of Rhodes?



Note: I edited this to fix the error about the amount. I had 5 but decided I didn't want to talk about the fifth. I also put some more information about locations.

Tips for spending the day in Lindos

I'm planning a day trip to the charming town of Lindos on the island of Rhodes and thought it'd be helpful to share some tips and insights for anyone looking to explore this picturesque destination. From its whitewashed buildings nestled against azure skies to its rich historical tapestry, Lindos promises an unforgettable experience. Here are some must-know tips to make the most of your day:

  1. Early Start: Beat the crowds and the midday heat by starting your day early. Not only will you get stunning photos of the Acropolis with fewer tourists, but the cooler morning air makes the climb more pleasant.
  2. Comfortable Footwear: Speaking of climbing, ensure you wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. The paths up to the Acropolis are steep and can be slippery, especially in flip-flops or sandals.
  3. Hydration is Key: The Greek sun can be unforgiving, especially in the summer months. Carry a water bottle with you to stay hydrated throughout the day. There are several shops where you can buy water, but it's always good to have it on hand.
  4. Explore the Village: Wander the labyrinthine streets of Lindos village. Its unique charm lies in the blend of medieval, Byzantine, and Rhodian architecture. Don’t forget to step into the quaint boutiques and local artisan shops for souvenirs.
  5. Beach Time: No visit to Lindos is complete without relaxing on one of its beautiful beaches. Whether you choose the main Lindos beach or the more secluded St. Paul's Bay, you'll find crystal-clear waters perfect for cooling off after a morning of exploration.
  6. Dining with a View: For lunch or an early dinner, pick a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Acropolis or the sea. The view coupled with authentic Greek cuisine will make for an unforgettable meal. Remember, it's customary to enjoy meals at a leisurely pace in Greece, so soak in the scenery and savor the flavors.
  7. Respect the Site: The Acropolis of Lindos is an ancient site, so remember to respect the ruins. Follow posted guidelines, don’t remove any stones, and always stay on designated paths to preserve this historical treasure for future generations.
  8. Stay Sun-smart: Apply sunscreen regularly throughout the day, wear a hat, and seek shade during the hottest parts of the day (usually between 12 PM and 3 PM).
  9. Evening Stroll: As the day cools down, take an evening stroll through the village once more. The changing light offers a different perspective and photographic opportunities of this beautiful place.
  10. Plan Your Visit: Finally, while spontaneous exploration is part of the adventure, having a rough plan can help you maximize your time in Lindos, ensuring you see all its highlights.
Lindos encapsulates the essence of Rhodes – a blend of history, beauty, and relaxed island vibe. Whether you're here for the historical sites, the beaches, or just to wander through its enchanting streets, Lindos won't disappoint.

Recommend a good beach near Rhodes Town?

I am trying to plan my latest trip to Greece. To be honest, I don't like to plan too heavily, but I do like to know where I am staying and have a general idea of things to do. Whether or not I do them once I arrive is another story, but at least I have options.

There are a lot of beaches near Rhodes Town. Do you guys have a favorite? Some options I found:

  • Elli Beach
  • Kato Petres Beach
  • Sachtouri Beach
I am just basing this list on what I found on the Internet. I have no attachment. I love beaches that have services close or as part of the beach. Like a toilet, maybe a restaurant or cafe.
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