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Rhodes is the most popular Greek Island, and nearly 300,000 holidaymakers from the UK visit every year.

Most tourists are attracted to Rhodes by the amazing beaches. The east coast of the island is a huge swath of practically uninterrupted golden sand, and this is where all the main holiday resorts are located. Choose from contrasting resorts such as lovely Lindos which nestles on the hillside under the ruins of an ancient acropolis and fast and furious Falkirk, the legendary ‘party central’ of the island. To truly get away from it all, you could consider heading to Pefkos, a sleepy village with an award winning beach, or the calm and gorgeous coves in Kolymbia and Kalithea, where sun worshippers in the know travel to experience the ‘real’ Rhodes.

The island of Rhodes has a long and fascinating history. The astonishing ruins date back millennia to around the start of the legendary Trojan Way.

More recently, the quintessentially Greek terracotta churches were built in the Byzantine era, and the influence of nearby Turkey is very evident in the looming minarets that date from Ottoman times. The island’s capital, Rhodes Town, boasts many artefacts which illustrate two centuries of history. The harbour has its own great claim to fame - it was once the home of the mighty Colossus - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The interior of the island is made up of pretty villages and impressive mountains. A particularly charming village is Apolakkia, from where the views of the surrounding landscape are truly epic. There is a lake perfect for swimming, plus plenty of picture perfect architecture.

Lindos is a stunningly pretty resort, made up of white-washed buildings, promenading donkeys and pedestrian only cobbled. Fittingly, the village has been awarded a preservation order, meaning that nothing will be allowed to spoil its authenticity. Don’t be fooled though - Lindos can party with the best of them, and as night falls, this small resort lights up in style.

Kolymbia, although quieter than Lindos, still has a good selection of bars and restaurants along its scenic seafront. Its huge beach is also a real draw.

Pefkos is a small but perfectly formed resort on the east coast of the island. This diminutive hamlet is surrounded by fragrant pine trees and has a really laid back feel. Handily located nearby to both Lindos and Rhodes town, it’s an ideal base for daytime relaxation.

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