Top Choice Archaeological Site in Kos


The island’s most important ancient site stands on a pine-covered hill 3km southwest of Kos Town, commanding lovely views across town towards Turkey. A religious sanctuary devoted to Asclepius, the god of healing, i…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Lindos

Acropolis of Lindos

A steep footpath climbs the 116m-high rock above Lindos to reach the beautifully preserved Acropolis. First walled in the 6th century BC, the clifftop is now enclosed by battlements constructed by the Knights of St …
Top Choice Museum in Rhodes Town

Archaeological Museum

By far the best museum in the Dodecanese, spreading through the 15th-century Knights' Hospital and out into its beautiful and surprisingly wild gardens. Room after room holds magnificently preserved ancient treasure…
Forest in Western Rhodes & the Interior


Petaloudes, 7km up from the coast, is better known as the Valley of the Butterflies. Visit in June, July or August, when these colourful insects mature, and you’ll quickly see why. They’re actually tiger moths (Call…
Monastery in Hora

Monastery of St John the Theologian

As this immense 11th-century monastery-cum-fortress remains active, only a small portion is open to visitors. The entrance courtyard leads to a sumptuously frescoed chapel, fronted by marble columns taken from an an…
Monastery in Hora

Monastery of the Apocalypse

Nestled amid the pines halfway to Hora, the Monastery of the Apocalypse focuses on the cave where St John lived as a hermit and received his revelation. Pilgrims and less-than-devout cruise passengers alike stream i…
Volcano in Nisyros


Historic Building in Rhodes Town

Palace of the Grand Master

From the outside, the magnificent Palace of the Grand Master looks much as it did when erected by the Knights Hospitaller during the 14th century. During the 19th century, however, it was devastated by an explosion,…
Area in Rhodes Town

Knights’ Quarter

The Knights of St John, who controlled Rhodes during the 14th and 15th centuries, transformed the northern segment of the Old Town into their headquarters. Essentially an occupying army, the Knights took care to pro…
Area in Rhodes Town


Bearing traces of its Ottoman past is the Hora. During Turkish times, churches were converted to mosques, the most important of which is the colourful, pink-domed Mosque of Süleyman, at the top of Sokratous. Current…