It was already late in the evening when I arrived on Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece. After Crete the island is the most visited destination in Greece. The island is at a crossroads between Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The capital of the "island of the Knights" is Rhodes Town and it is located at the northern tip of the island. Rhodes Old Town itself is a main attraction. It is one of the best preserved and most extensive medieval towns in Europe. Medieval buildings mosques, Byzantine and Gothic churches are scattered throughout the Old Town within the city walls. Still 6000 people live and work in the same buildings the Knights of ST. John lived 6 centuries ago.
Just outside the Old Town on the highest part of the city lies the Acropolis of Rhodes. There are still a few monuments to see like a stadium and a theatre.
After spending 2 days in Rhodes Town I went to Faliraki for a few days. Faliraki is the primary seaside resort village of Rhodes. It has a 5 km stretch of sand and blue flag waters. As the beach is well-organised, there is no shortage of restaurants, shops, hotels and water sports activities along the main beach.
At the south of the main beach, on the other side of the small harbour, there are two more bays/beaches that a bit less crowded (Kathara and Mandomata, the only legal nudist beach on the island). A rocky path over the hill leads to the Anthony Quinn Bay. This scenic spot has a small beach and is frequently visited by day-trippers.
From Faliraki I returned to Rhodes Town for a night, to take the early morning ferry to Kos island the next day.
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