Rhodes and the Dodecanese

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  • 1. Acropolis of Lindos

    Ruins

    A 15-minute climb (please don't ride a donkey), from the village center up to the Acropolis of Lindos leads past a gauntlet of Lindian women...Read More

  • 2. Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The island's archaeological museum houses Hellenistic and Roman sculpture by Koan artists, much of it unearthed by Italians during their tenure...Read More

  • 3. Asklepieion

    Ruins

    Hippocrates began to teach the art of healing on Kos in the 5th century BC, attracting health seekers to the island almost up to the time of...Read More

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  • 4. Eleousa Ghost Village

    Ghost Town

    Drive west of Epta Piges and you'll come to the ghost village of Eleousa (formerly Campochiaro), one of many follies built under Italian rule...Read More

  • 5. Monastery of St. John the Theologian

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On its high perch at the top of Chora, the Monastery of St. John the Theologian is one of the world's best-preserved fortified medieval monastic...Read More

  • 6. Monastery of Taxiarchis Michael Panormitis

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The main reason to venture to the atypically green, pine-covered hills surrounding the little Gulf of Panormitis is to visit this unexpectedly...Read More

  • 7. Monolithos

    Ruins

    The medieval fortress of Monolithos—so named for the jutting, 750-foot monolith on which it is constructed—was built by the Knights of St. John...Read More

  • 8. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

    Old Town | Castle/Palace

    This grand building, with its fairy-tale towers, crenellated ramparts, and more than 150 rooms, crowns the top of the Street of Knights and...Read More

  • 9. Palio Pyli

    Ruins

    The spectacular ruins of a Byzantine-era castle and the settlement that once surrounded it crown the wooded hilltop of the impossibly steep...Read More

  • 10. Thermes Kallitheas

    Hot Spring

    As you travel south along the east coast, a strange sight meets you: an assemblage of buildings that look as if they have been transplanted...Read More

  • 11. Aghios Giorgos

    Beach

    The half-hour boat trip down the rugged east coast of the island from Pedi Bay is part of the pleasure of an excursion to this beautiful strip...Read More

  • 12. Aghios Nikolas

    Beach

    Accessible by water taxi from Chialos, the alternative way is to walk, taking the 1 km-long (600 yards) rough path leading east of Pedi Bay...Read More

  • 13. Agora and Harbor Ruins

    Ruins

    Excavations by Italian and Greek archaeologists have revealed ancient agora and harbor ruins that date from the 4th century BC through Roman...Read More

  • 14. Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

    Museum/Gallery

    The Hospital of the Knights (now the island's archaeological museum) was completed in 1489 and surrounds a Byzantine courtyard, off which are...Read More

  • 15. Archaeological Museum of Symi

    Museum/Gallery

    The Archaeological Museum, housed amid a daze of twisting back lanes, is divided into two sections. The upper display spreads a trio of rooms...Read More

  • 16. Ayios Stefanos Beach

    Beach

    A chunk of beautiful Ayios Stefanos Beach, just north of Kefalos, is now occupied by the newly built Ikos Aria (formerly the old Club Med);...Read More

  • 17. Casa Romana

    Ruins

    The Roman House is a lavish restoration of a 3rd-century Roman mansion, with 40 rooms grouped around three atriums. It was likely partially...Read More

  • 18. Castle of Antimacheia

    Ruins

    The thick, well-preserved walls of this 14th-century fortress look out over the sweeping Aegean and Kos's green interior. Antimacheia was another...Read More

  • 19. Castle of the Knights

    Castle/Palace

    Built by the Knights of St. John in the 15th century and taken by the Turks in 1522 (with the rest of the knights' Dodecanese holdings), the...Read More

  • 20. Church of Ayhios Ioannis

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church built in 1838 incorporates in its walls fragments of ancient blocks from a temple that apparently stood on this site and is surrounded...Read More

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