Blessed with 300 sunny days a year, curvaceous swirls of powder sand, endemic flora and wildlife, and lengthy history, Rhodes delights both beachcombers and history wonks in equal measure.
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Rhodes’ Old Town
Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece
A UNESCO World Heritage site and the best walled medieval town in Greece, Rhodes Old Town is pock-marked by monuments built by the Knights of St. John who ruled the island for 200 years after the Crusades.
Visitors enter this time bubble through the moated gates of St Amboise, St Athanasios or St John, ambling along the cobbled Street of Knights full of 15th- and 16th-century buildings, and marvel at the superbly preserved Knights Hospital.
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