Steeped in history and lined with beautiful beaches.
Its spectacular interior, ancient towns, historic private villas and stretches of deserted coastline make Rhodes truly special. No surprise then that it has long been a favourite with writers, artists and film directors.
Most of the sandiest beaches lie along the island’s north-eastern coast, between Rhodes Town and Lindos. The former remains one of the finest medieval towns in Europe. The latter appears like a brushstroke of white on a parched hillside dominated by a towering acropolis, with sugar-cube houses tumbling down below it towards an aquamarine bay. Lindos is a town that has launched a thousand postcards.
In the 1960s and ’70s, before it was discovered by mass tourism, Lindos was the haunt of artists and writers, monied drop-outs and rock musicians. They came for the climate, the retsina, the low prices and the supposedly simple way of life.
They were also drawn by the captains’ houses. These elaborate village mansions were built by merchant ship owners in the 17th and 18th centuries. They are the Tudor manor houses of Rhodian traditional architecture: complex and highly elaborate villas, each with a choklakia (black-and-white pebble mosaic) courtyard leading into one large room with a raised bed platform at one or both ends, hedged by a warren of smaller rooms, steps and roof terraces. We are pleased to say that little has changed in these beautiful houses today.