The Greek island of Rhodes was one of the most captivating places I’ve yet visited, to say the least. I was absolutely enchanted and awed by how beautiful it is, not just because of its gorgeous scenic nature, but also because of the abundance of its spectacular historic sites and kind residents’ charms. We were treated with such warmth and kindness wherever we went!
Those who know me will be familiar with the fact that I absolutely adore anything to do with Greek mythology and stories of the ancient Greeks. It had been an aspiration of mine to visit the gorgeous Acropolis of Lindos for some time – and it was spectacular, especially at night against the haunting moonlight, framed with twinkling stars. The Acropolis is at the highest point in the town of Lindos, which is filled with beautiful white houses and spectacular panoramic views like no other. For a dining experience like no other, take yourself to Timi’s Place (one of the best meals I’ve had, ever) and taste their Greek honeyed yoghurt with grape (they call it, “sweet spoon”, a traditional style dessert of which we were told would be presented to guests visiting a Greek home and it would be almost criminal to reject a taste – no end to great Greek hospitality!) as you enjoy the sunset, complete with views of the Acropolis and the sea.
The city of Rhodes itself was breathtaking. The remnants of the Knights of Rhodes are in incredible condition, with ornate insignias peeping through the impressive architecture in unexpected places. The cobblestone streets light up during the night, basking in the orange glow of the evening dusk. I adored walking through and getting lost in it all, I felt like I was an assassin from Assassin’s Creed (apologies, nerd side showing through!). We would explore some of the less-traversed areas, including certain side streets (which have not been paved) between structures. It was hauntingly stunning – it was as if the past was still imposing itself, resoundingly so, through the silent magnificence of the tall walls and the high rising watch towers.
Do visit the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, or the Kastello, is one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. The details, both inside and outside, are glorious. You can find incredible mosaics on the floor that were taken from another Greek island, Kos. The intricacy and the state of the preservation are wonderful as you can almost imagine yourself when it was in the height of its use. The foundations of the building were laid when it was first constructed as a Byzantine citadel. Then, in the 14th century, the Knights Hospitaller occupied Rhodes and took the fortress for themselves as an administrative centre and palace for their Grand Master. When Rhodes was under Ottoman rule, the palace continued to be under use as a command centre and fortress.
We also made our way to Kamiros, an ancient ruin that once housed a temple to Athena, working terra-cotta pipes and bustling agora. The scale of the place just strikes a chord with you in that these civilisations, though so long ago walked the earth, were extremely advanced and set up an infrastructure that has the workings of elements of which you would expect to see in a modern city.
Another wonderful gem that you ought to pay a visit to is the Archeological Museum of Rhodes, which has brilliant mosaics and sweet little courtyards decorated with pretty flowers. Look at these! Lost for words…