Rhodes: The most cosmopolitan of the Dodecanese islands

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Rhodes: The most cosmopolitan of the Dodecanese islands

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15 December 2017

By | 15 December 2017

The spearhead-shaped island’s capital is number three of Kiwi.com 200 Coolest Cities 

Rhodes was created by Helios, the sun god, having missed his chance to claim a part of the world, according to Greek mythology. Now, the capital of the spearhead-shaped island is third on our list of the 200 coolest cities in 2017.

The Rhodes town is decorated with architectural landmarks from with various influences — Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. The city of Rhodes is decorated with architectural landmarks from with various influences — Shutterstock

Perhaps the most cosmopolitan of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has always been important throughout its long history. The city was first built in 407 BC and the 33-metre-tall Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is thought to have straddled the entrance to its harbour.

It holds one of the best preserved old towns in Europe, recognised by UNESCO, to get delightfully lost in.

Looming over the city is the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a medieval castle that used to be the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller. There are also grand Ottoman mosques and beautiful buildings built by the Italian fascists when they controlled the island.

Once you are off the cobbled streets and outside the walls of the old town, there is the ruined Acropolis, Temple of Apollo and stadium to visit. Or you could lie in the sun with the Mediterranean Sea lapping at your toes on one of Rhodes many beaches.

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is looming over the city —  Arthur Mustafa / Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes looms over the city — Arthur Mustafa / Shutterstock

The city is also the perfect base for a spot of island-hopping. The Dodecanese are a string of 12 large islands, and many more smaller ones. If you’re looking for a quiet beach or three to explore and relax upon, this is a good place to start.

During the season, flights to Rhodes are a touch more expensive than Mykonos and Split, the two destinations above it in our ranking. However, a return trip will still only be about $200 from the UK.

Because much of the island’s economy is based around tourism, there is a plethora of accommodation options. A week’s stay in the summer starts at around $250, and if you want to treat yourself there’s plenty of luxury resorts and villas to choose from.