Why choose Rhodes

Rhodes, once home to the Colossus, one of the ancient world's wonders, is a treasure trove of scenic beauty and architectural marvels. The island's climate is a perfect blend of warm sunshine and gentle sea breezes, ideal for exploring its abundant natural and architectural sights. Cruise lines like Celebrity Cruises and MSC make a point of showcasing Rhodes not just for its sun-soaked beaches but for its less frequented villages and ancient ruins that capture the essence of the island’s past splendor. A unique attraction here is the Palace of the Grand Master, a medieval castle that was once the stronghold of the Knights of St. John, offering visitors a glimpse into the chivalric and strategic importance of this island at the crossroads of civilizations.

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Rhodes is globally recognized as a linchpin of Mediterranean tourism, fascinating travelers with its blend of natural beauty and storied past. Despite being a popular destination featured in numerous travel logs, the island retains pockets of authenticity far from the well-trodden paths of the usual sightseeing tours. Rhodes' medieval architecture, particularly the Old Town, is so emblematic of medieval knights' fortresses that it has inspired the design of historical theme parks and luxury resorts worldwide. Additionally, the island’s tradition of hospitality, stemming from its days as a key trading post, ensures that visitors experience a warm welcome that has been honed over centuries.

Pitaroudia, a mouth-watering chickpea fritter infused with mint and onion, serves as a heavenly introduction to Rhodes' culinary landscape. This island's cuisine leverages unique local ingredients like wild herbs and fresh seafood, creating dishes you won't find replicated elsewhere. The flavors of Rhodes are characterized by the aromatic influence of the Eastern Mediterranean, with dishes such as moussaka made with local aubergines and the catch of the day simply grilled with a drizzle of Rhodes' own pressed olive oil. Each meal here is a celebration of the island's lush terrain and maritime resources, offering a culinary experience that is as exclusive as it is delightful.

Rhodes is a favored port for many cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Viking Cruises, which offer an array of excursions that dive into the island’s splendid past and scenic landscapes. Visitors can explore sites like the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, which reflects centuries of architectural achievements from the Greeks to the Romans. Noteworthy figures such as the tyrant Diagoras, once a famed Olympic boxer from Rhodes, lend a storied depth to these historic sites. For a more immersive experience, there are walking tours through the old medieval city, where knights once roamed, providing a vivid window into the age of chivalry and conquest.