Rhodes

Want crys­tal-clear waters and beau­ti­ful beaches? Head to this laid-back Greek is­land

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Set­tling in

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Head to the south of the is­land and you’ll reach Gen­nadi and the all-in­clu­sive re­sort of TUI Sen­satori At­lantica Dreams. Not only does it over­look the stun­ning Aegean Sea but it’s also in a prime spot to get to know the rest of the is­land. Drive one way and explore Pra­son­isi’s unique coast­line or head the other way for the idyl­lic town of Lin­dos with its an­cient acrop­o­lis and sugar-cube houses spilling down to a turquoise bay.

Relax and re­fresh

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The tem­per­a­tures can rocket in the sum­mer months, so you’ll be thank­ful for the va­ri­ety of pools here. Whether you love laz­ing and lis­ten­ing to your favourite pod­cast, wa­ter­based games or you’d rather es­cape the sun with an in­door swim, there’s some­thing for you.

For the kids

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There’s an ex­cel­lent splash­pool with wa­ter slides and a tip­ping bucket, which glo­ri­ously soaks ev­ery­one around it. But when they’re fin­ished mak­ing a splash in the chil­dren’s pool, head to the kids’ club. Clubs here en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity with arts and crafts and cook­ing ses­sions, so don’t be sur­prised if they come back with mini mas­ter­pieces. The Silly Science Lab is also a hit with the kids, mostly due to its gi­ant bub­ble!

A touch of his­tory

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Amid the lux­ury, you’ll stumble upon ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ruins within the re­sort. Dat­ing from the 5th cen­tury, the re­mains of a set­tle­ment were dis­cov­ered dur­ing ground­works. Ex­perts car­ried out a full ex­ca­va­tion, and the re­sort now has a resident ar­chae­ol­o­gist to in­form guests. A board­walk snakes across the re­mains for a closer look.

Explore the Old Town

5 As you ap­proach the walls of the Old Town of Rhodes, just know­ing you are about to en­ter the old­est in­hab­ited me­dieval city in Europe is a thrill. The most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is that the Old Town is not laid out on a grid. There are roughly 200 streets or al­leys – some of them bear­ing no name. Don’t fret about get­ting lost – use it as an opportunit­y to explore the in­cred­i­ble build­ings, mosques, foun­tains, Byzan­tine and Gothic churches, and ex­cit­ing shops.

De­li­cious de­lights

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With a buf­fet restau­rant and five à la carte

Ad­mire the acrop­o­lis at Lin­dos while re­lax­ing by the sea

TUI Sen­satori At­lantica Dreams Re­sort and Spa

A walk around the Old Town is a must restau­rants (of which four are in­cluded in the all-in­clu­sive price) you won’t get bored. Our favourites? Head to Kuz­ina for de­li­cious Greek meze-style din­ing, while Gaia serves healthy but equally tasty op­tions made with fresh lo­cal pro­duce.

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