The biggest of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes is rich in shorelines, lush valleys and historical sites. Wherever your interests lie, whether it be an energetic night scene and beach clubs, snorkelling or diving in turquoise waters or exploring the secrets of ancient civilizations, you will find it in Rhodes. The narrow, stone lined streets of the old town of Rhodes, which is among the World Heritage sites listed by UNESCO carry the traces of the ancient Byzantine Empire.
Symi is another calm, tranquil island which gives youthe opportunity to experience the amazing natural landscapes unique to this area of Greece. The few tavernas and bars in Ano Symi offer delicious examples of traditionallocal cuisine, as well as the highly recommended local wines.
The principle port of Nisiros, Mandraki is also one of the largest settlements on the island. The town has the unmistakable Greek feel with whitewashed houses and its wonderfully traditional layout. Around the town you'll discover an assortment of ancient sites including the old fortress of Paleokastro, along with the remnants of an old city which goes back to the fourth century BC. In the midst of all this history, there are a diverse choice of tavernas and bars to choose from.
Kos is the third biggest island in the archipelago, and the second most prominent, after Rhodes. Absorbed in history and vestiges, following a couple of hours of meandering the Asklepion (Hippocrates' old sanatorium) and Kos town's fortification, you will find the ancient Corinthian columns that lie on the roadside under the weeds almost mundane. The marina is built for yachts only, and you shouldn’t confuse it for the ferry port located a little ways to the north of it.
Livadia is a wonderful little settlement with a population of only 300, the greater part of whom are farmers or are involved with tourism. Megalo Chorio, the capital of the island is located seven kilometres north west of the port. Local people are extremely religious which can be easily deduced by the number of churches around the village. The more adventurous visitors will find excitement in exploring the ruins of the ancient castles around.
Chalki has resisted most of the changes brought about by tourism making it ideal for those searching for a touch of peace and quiet. There are numerous beaches to choose from, some of which are totally secluded and all of which are beautiful. There is only a single town situated around the port. There are a variety of tavernas and cafes along the waterfront promenade to choose from.
In the event that you didn't get to do it on your first night we firmly prescribe you set aside the time to explore the city of Rhodes, which is divided into two distinct sections, the 'old city' and the 'new city' . The old city is encompassed by immense fortification walls and is one of the greatest and best conserved medieval settlements in Europe. A few of the features to be explored are the Palace of the Grand Master, the inns and the hospital used by the knights of Templar. If history is not your thing, thenyou might want to delve into the the massive array of famous bars and night clubs.