As a country with many ancient landmarks still intact, Greece is the perfect destination for any cultural trip! There is no better place to learn about history than on a luxury heritage holiday in Greece, particularly Rhodes. Known as the Dodecanese Island’s historical capital, Rhodes is particularly famous for the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Even the medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site, and today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Obviously once you've sorted your expatriate health insurance (you never know when you might need it!), you need to get planning which cultural highlights you'll investigate first. So much to see, so little time!
Of course the first destination on your special cultural holiday in Rhodes has to be the Colossus. Originally it was a statue of the Greek Titan Helios, erected by Charles of Lindos between 292 and 280BC, and was constructed to celebrate Rhode’s victory over Cyprus. The statue itself was over 30 metres high and stood for 56 years, but was destroyed during an earthquake in 226BC. Once you’ve seen the remains, and the rebuilding currently taking place, you are free to wonder around the harbour. This may take a fair while as Rhodes Town has a beautiful port with ample restaurants, all serving exquisite Greek food. If you make your trip on a Saturday there are also markets towards the back of the harbour, selling local goods from jewellery to spices.
Another site not to be missed is the Acropolis of Rhodes. Built in the 3rd century BC this Acropolis has been reconstructed in parts, to show the Temple of Apollo with its stadium and theatre. This is where the athletic events of the Alioi Games took place, and is well known for being part of the major festival of the Ancient Rhodians, held in honour of the god Ilios. The Acropolis is located 3km from Rhodes, on a hillside known as Monte Smith. It is worthwhile taking a packed lunch and some sturdy shoes, as the scenery here is simply stunning. With fields all around and views of the beautiful ocean you won’t be disappointed; the acropolis and Monte Smith provide the best cultural and outdoors escape in Lindos possible!
The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes was built in the 14th century and used as a fortress from 1522. Partly destroyed in 1856 and rebuilt in 1912, this historic landmark is one of great interest for your leading heritage adventure in Greece. The palace now acts not only as a beautiful historical sight, but also a museum, housing artefacts from both the Greek and Italian reign. Being situated on one of the many hillsides creates a perfect way to take in the views of the many bays, so make sure you take your camera.
On a winding road leading towards Lindos lays a little known bay which houses the ancient Greek Kallithea Spa. Having been recently renovated, the spa has been returned to that of its former glory, where people would travel for miles to visit the springs for their beneficial healing powers. Here you can spend the day swimming, either in the ocean or the baths, while taking in the beautiful scenery and relaxing atmosphere. This Spa is a perfect destination for any luxury wellness break in Greece, as the water here is still said to have healing powers!
After your visit to the spa take a trip down the road to the Doric Temple of Athena. In addition to its architectural beauty, the main temple (the Parthenon) is also decorated with ornaments and sculptures, some of which depict abstract concepts. The temple was dedicated to the Goddess Athena, and is considered one of the most important surviving buildings of Classical Greece - a sight not to be missed on your leading cultural break in Greece.
For a relaxing end to your holiday take a trip to the Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes). This is one of the most attractive destinations on the island, filled with beautiful butterflies everywhere you look. The scene is idyllic, with colours everywhere and a beautiful golden beach only a short walk away; perfect for the best romantic escape in Rhodes.
When deciding to take a luxury cultural holiday in Rhodes it is important to choose your location wisely, so that you are in a prime position to visit all the sites. We recommend staying in a luxury spa resort in Lindos, in case you want to take a break from all the sightseeing! The Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort and Villas, located in the heart of Lindos, is a stunning hotel located only a 30 minute bus ride from Rhodes. Lindos Town is also full of ancient sites of interest, perfect for your cultural holiday pleasure.