Rhodes is situated 363 km (226 mi) east-southeast from the Greek mainland, and 18 km (11 mi) from the southern shore of Turkey. Rhodes is a major tourist attraction for the seekers of sunny beaches. While many of its beaches are gravel, not sand; the island can boast 300 or more sun days in a year.
Rhodes Old Town (map), still enclosed by its medieval wall. 6000 people live and work in the same buildings the Knights of St. John lived 6 centuries ago. Medieval buildings, mosques, traditional fountains, oriental motifs, Byzantine and Gothic churches, shops and cafeterias are scattered throughout the Old Town of Rhodes. There are approximately 200 streets or lanes that have no name, so getting lost is a distinct possibility. >> *Fortifications of Rhodes
*Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes (map). The first floor (photos prohibited) contains some artifacts of Ancient Rhodes but is closed – in it’s absence, the entrance fee is entirely not worth it. The Archaeological Museum (map) offers more selection and allows photos. Second floor has a variety of later “artifacts” such as mosaics from Kos and other odd bits and bobs, but it has almost no descriptions (probably to force people to wait for a tour guide).
*Faliraki (map) – Rhodes’ action resort. Go there to party, everything else is better somewhere else. The hotels north from Faliraki are much quieter. Hotels near the water park do not interest clubbers, and are really family friendly. Nice beaches, a lot less winds than on the west coast and really good public transport.
*Gennadi (map) – around 64 km from Rhodes Old Town and nearby to Prasonisi, attracts several keen surfers. Among the last unspoiled stretches of coastline left on Rhodes.
*Ialysos (map) – blue waters, a seemingly endless organized beach, big hotel complexes as well as smaller friendly ones, shops of all kinds, and many night-clubs. The ideal conditions of the region, important international windsurfing competitions often take place here.
*Lindos (map) – picturesque village, site of important ancient acropolis.