Island-hopping in Greece: 5 must-sees in the Dodecanese
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Places in Rhodes
Nowhere else in the Dodecanese are so many layers of architectural history piled upon one another as in the fortified Old Town; be it classical, medieval and Byzantine or Ottoman and Italian periods. A volta (stroll) down its hauntingly pretty cobbled streets is evocative, as black-clad octogenarians loom from doorways, the scent of leather shops competing with bougainvillea.
The majority of Rhodes’ sandy beaches are along its east coast, home to its summer resorts filled with package- holidaymakers and endless strips of tourist bars. From Rhodes Town, there are frequent buses to Lindos, but some of the more deserted beaches en route are a bit of a hike from the road.
Western Rhodes & the Interior
Western Rhodes is redolent with the scent of pine, its hillsides shimmering with forests. More exposed than the east side, it’s also windier – a boon for kite- and windsurfers – so the sea tends to be rough and the beaches mostly pebbled. If you’re cycling or have a scooter or a car, the east–west roads that cross the interior have great scenery and are worth exploring.
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